Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of george kleven. Interview conducted by Thorp, Alex at Leesburg, FL.

Log

0:24 Birthplace and Childhood; 1:29 Siblings; 2:15 Parents and Norwegian Heritage; 4:34 Trying to Join the Navy, Merchant Marines; 6:06 High School Education; 6:27 Merchant Marines Basic Training; 7:36 Home on Leave; 8:18 Risden Tyler Bennett Ammunition Ship; 8:51 Stationed In Boston; 10:24 Father's Advice, Becoming a Man; 11:04 Halifax (Nova Scotia), Barroom Brawl, Stab Wound; 12:25 Leaving Halifax, Crossing the Atlantic, Training Exercises; 15:20 German Submarine Approaches, First Combat Experience; 17:15 Hull (England); 18:14 Watching Damaged Plane Crash, Plane Still Able to Land; 21:06 German Buzz Bombs; 22:26 Leaving Hull, Tanker Convoy, Home on Leave; 23:44 Brazil Converted Luxury Liner, Taking Charge of the Boat Deck; 24:49 Le Havre (France), Unloading Equipment; 25:54 Meeting French Resistance, Tour of French Tunnel System; 28:32 Home on Leave, Charles Sunder Rolling Stock Ship; 30:41 Marseilles (France), Winning $1500, German Submarine Approaches; 33:20 Germany Surrenders, New Orleans, Enlists In the Navy; 35:38 Why the Navy, Payment; 38:28 Navy Basic Training, Left-Handed Monkey Wrench; 40:49 Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Seeing the USS Arizona; 42:54 Okinawa (Japan), LCT Squadron, Japanese Caves; 47:03 War Ends on the Way to Okinawa; 48:06 Return to the States, Transferred to LCS, Seabee Unit; 51:12 Coronado (California), Top Hat Club, Discharged; 55:07 Differences Between Merchant Marines and Navy; 56:04 Civilian Life, Hitchhiking Home; 1:01:47 General Motors, Electro-Motive Diesel; 1:02:50 First Wife Mary Ann (1954-2007), Second Wife Jean-Marie; 1:04:14 Mechanics School, Finance Companies; 1:10:25 Becoming a Car Salesman, Highest Return Rate; 1:13:35 Looking Back at Military Experience; 1:14:31 American Legion Boys State Program; 1:17:50 Jean-Marie Comments, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars; 1:19:43 End of Interview.

Date of Birth

1927-09-12

Place of Birth

Chicago (Ill.)

Gender

Male

Home State

Illinois

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1944-07-20

1945-05-01

Begin/End date of Service - 2nd

1945-06-05

1947-11-04

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Merchant Marine

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

S.S. Brazil

Location of Service

Howe (England); Lahare (France); Marseille (France); New Orleans (La.); Okinawa (Japan)

Highest Rank

Fireman 1st Class

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Battle of Dover

Medals

Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal

Achievements

"…Steward department; discharge came from the Coast Guard." - The Veteran.

Note

Daylight raids in England in Dover; On the way to Okinawa when the atomic bombs were dropped.

City of Birth

Chicago

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Thorp, Alex

Interview Date

Fall 9-29-2016

Location of Interview

Leesburg, FL.

Subjects

Kleven, George; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines; United States. Navy

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES University of Central Florida

Contributors

Thorp, Alex

Length of Interview

80 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Fall


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