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Philip Korthanke was inducted into the Navy in 1945 and served until 1946 on the USS Meriweather APA 203(amphibious personnel attack vessel. He did his basic training in San Diego and was then assigned to to Meriweather. He worked in the engine room of the ship. Since the war was essentially over, the ship went to the Philippines to bring soldiers back to the U.S. He used the GI Bill to attend diesel mechanic school in California and also used it to learn to fly an small airplane. He was born near Robinson, Kansas on February 13, 1927 and graduated from Hiawatha High School in May 1945. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Oct 2, 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: Korthanke, Philip
Date: October 2, 2007

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Item Number: 218607
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 218607

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