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Clayton Herr enlisted in the Navy on June 12, 1942, and served until November 13, 1945, aboard the U. S. S. SANTEE, a converted escort carrier (CVE-29). He was trained to be an airplane mechanic and worked on planes on the ship. The ship was part of a convoy to Africa and later Scotland. It also spent time off the coast of South America, with the plane looking for German submarines. The SANTEE went through the Panama Canal and became part of the battle of Leyte Gulf. The ship was damaged during this battle. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers. He was born in Craig, Missouri, on May 11, 1921 and the family moved to a farm near Oregon, Missouri, when he was young. After the war he used the G. I. Bill of Rights to attend agricultural agent school in Kansas City. However, he did not farm and moved to Wathena, Kansas in 1947. He worked in a packing house for a number of years. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from 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: Herr, Clayton Christopher

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Item Number: 212206
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 212206

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