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Robert Laushman enlisted in the Army (Air Force) in 1943 and served until 1945 in the 39th Air Depot Group Dance Band, 11th Air Force. He spent most of his time in the service at Elmendorf Field, Anchoarge, Alaska. Interviewed by Nancy L. Porter on Nov 9, 2007, Laushman talked about military experiences in the Second World War. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 6, 1923, and graduated from Omaha South High School in June l942. He enlisted in the Air Force and was called up in April 1943. He attended Hastings College in Nebraska until he was called up. After the war, he attended Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, on the G. I. Bill. He worked a number of years as a high school band director. It is not clear when he and his wife moved to Lawrence, Kansas. 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 Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

Creator: Laushman, Robert
Date: November 9, 2007

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Item Number: 214319
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 214319

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