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Leo Smith enlisted in the Army (Air Force) in 1941 and served until 1945 in the Sixtieth Air Depot Group. Interviewed by Deborah Pye on September 25, 2007, Smith talked about military experiences in the Second World War. Smith was born at his farm home in Jefferson County on January 1, 1924. He attended Valley Grove School and McLouth High School, graduating in 1941. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 14, 1941. He did his basic training in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and he received clerical training at Chillicothe, Missouri. His first assignment was in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His was sent to the Pacific and spent tim in New Guinea and Okinawa, Japan. He attended college on the G. I. Bill. 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: Smith, Leo
Date: September 25, 2007

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Item Number: 218573
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 218573

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