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Melvin Hopkins was inducted into the Navy in 1944 and served until 1946 on the USS Woodford (AKA86). Interviewed by Valerie Kepple on Apr 27, 2007, Hopkins talked about military experiences in the Second World War. He was born in LaCrosse, Kansas, on March 30, 1922. He graduated from Utica High School in 1940. He farmed until he was drafted in July 1944. He was assigned to amphibious forces in the Navy and trained at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. He was then sent to the Pacific. He was discharged in 1946. 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 Frank Stull American Legion #152 (Ness City) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

Creator: Hopkins, Melvin Gene
Date: April 27, 2007

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Item Number: 218225
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 218225

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