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Collection Albert A. Giese
WVM ID Number OH 101
Object Name Oral History
Title Oral History Interview with Albert A. Giese
Date 1996
Event World War II
Narrator's Name Albert A. Giese
Interviewer's Name Mark Van Ells
Description In this oral history interview, Albert A. Giese, a Nekoosa, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service with the Navy aboard LSM 18, and his veteran activities with the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Giese describes basic training at Great Lakes (Illinois), diesel training at the University of Illinois, and amphibious training at Little Creek (Virginia). He talks about landing at Leyte Bay where his LSM supplied tanks, ammunition, gasoline, and troop transport. Giese relates his non-combat role as head diesel mechanic and his combat role as damage control. He relates information on the landing at Corregidor, life aboard ship, lack of supplies, and reaction to VJ-Day.

Giese details his homecoming, including the reaction of his son whom he had only met once, and return to his pre-war work. He talks about his involvement with the Veterans of Foreign Wars including founding a post at Nekoosa, reasons for choosing the VFW rather then the American Legion, and aiding veterans. He also comments on organizing LSM reunions.
Extent and Medium of Description Analog audio recording: 1 audio cassette (approx. 1 hour, 36 minutes)
Transcript: 23 pgs.
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Biographical Record Giese, Albert A.