Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jesse R. Schreiber, February 1, 2003

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries


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00:00:04 - Entrance into the service

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Partial Transcript: 2003, Saturday. We are at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Talks about joining the military and going to Indiana University.

Keywords: Army Air Corps; Bowman Field, Kentucky; Great Depression; Indiana University; Indianapolis, Indiana; LaGrange, KY; NYA; Oldham County Historical Center; ROTC; Radio Operators & Mechanics School; Scott Field, Illinois; WWII; WYXB, Army Air Waves Communication Station; YMCA; enlisted; international morse code

Subjects: Bowman Field (Ky.); Enlisted man.; Great Depression.; Indiana University.; Indianapolis (Indiana); La Grange (Ky.); Morse code.; Oldham County Historical Society (Oldham County, Ky.); Radio operators--United States.; United States. Army. Air Corps.; United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps.; World War, 1939-1945.; YMCA.

00:05:52 - Pearl Harbor / Working as a radio operator

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Partial Transcript: The people who enlisted after the war started, did they have different circumstance regarding options and training?

Segment Synopsis: Talks about where he was when Pearl Harbor was attacked and working as a radio operator on Goose Bay.

Keywords: Air Transport Command; Army Airwaves Communications System; Army Hospital; Goose Bay; North Atlantic Wing; Pearl Harbor; Scott Field, Illinois

Subjects: Goose Bay (N.L.); Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.; Scott Field (Ill.); United States. Army Air Forces. Air Transport Command.

00:12:59 - Life in the field

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Partial Transcript: What were your first days like in the service?

Segment Synopsis: Talks about memories of his instructors, what the weather and food was like.

Keywords: Bowman Field; Goose Bay; NCO; Norden bombsight; ROTC; northern lights

Subjects: Armed Forces--Non-commissioned officers.; Auroras.; Bowman Field (Ky.); Goose Bay (N.L.); Norden bombsight.; United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

00:22:03 - Goose Bay

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Partial Transcript: Were there ever any times when a dignitary came to the base?

Segment Synopsis: Talks about what seeing USO shows and taking pictures in Goose Bay.

Keywords: Canada; Canada Air Force; Canadians; Goose Bay; Presque Isle, Maine; USO shows; Vespers Service; barracks

Subjects: Barracks.; Canada.; Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force.; Canadians.; Goose Bay (N.L.); Presque Isle (Me.); United Service Organizations (U.S.)

00:31:05 - Postwar life

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Partial Transcript: Did you come back to Louisville then?

Segment Synopsis: Talks about returning to Louisville, KY, going to the University of Louisville, and joining the reserves.

Keywords: G.I. Bill; Henderson, Kentucky; Inidana University; Patterson Field, Ohio; Peace Corps; Presque Isle, Maine; ROTC; University of Louisville; Vietnam War; mustered out

Subjects: Henderson (Ky.); Indiana University; Louisville (Ky.); Military discharge.; Peace Corps (U.S.); Presque Isle (Me.); United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps.; United States. Montgomery G.I. Bill.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

00:36:57 - Reflections

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Partial Transcript: So did your military experiences influence your thinking about war and the military in general?

Segment Synopsis: Talks about his day to day life at Goose Bay and his feeling toward war in general.

Keywords: African-American; All Quiet on the Western Front; Courier-Journal; Fort Knox, Kentucky; German Army; Louisville, Kentucky; NCO; Sociology; United Nations; WWII; morse code; radio operators

Subjects: African American.; Armed Forces--Non-commissioned officers.; Courier-journal (Louisville, Ky.); Fort Knox (Ky.); Louisville (Ky.); Morse code.; Radio operators.; Remarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970.; Sociology.; United Nations.; World War, 1939-1945.