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Maurice Gilliland was inducted into the Army (Artillery) in 1942 and served until 1946 in the 89th Division. He was inducted at Fort Leavenworth and did his training at Fort Carson, Colorado. He then became a trainer for approximately two years. He describes training in Louisiana and California to prepare for fighting in the jungles in the Pacific. However, he was sent to Europe. He provides detailed descriptions of the fighting in which he was involved along the Moselle and Rhine Rivers. He also played on the division's baseball team. Gilliland was born in Denison, Kansas, November 17, 1921. After WWII, he farmed near Holton. He used the GI Bill for farming training and a farm loan. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Oct. 14, 2007. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

Creator: Gilliland, Maurice
Date: October 14, 2007

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Item Number: 218600
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 218600

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