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Collection Victor Kuester
WVM ID Number OH 1085
Object Name Oral History
Title Oral History Interview with Oral History Interview with
Date 2007
Event World War II
Narrator's Name Victor Kuester
Interviewer's Name John Driscoll
Description In this oral history interview, Victor Kuester, a Wisconsin native, discusses his Army service in the South Pacific during World War II.

Kuester talks about growing up on a farm north of Marshfield (Wisconsin) and hearing about the attack on Pearl Harbor while attending Wartburg College (Iowa). He recalls being drafted, basic training at Camp Roberts (California), and being shipped to New Caledonia. While mopping up at Guadalcanal, Kuester tells of a bomb hitting fifteen feet away from his foxhole. He describes being offered a transfer to the regimental band of the 37th Division and playing alto horn with them for a year. Kuester details the invasion of Bougainville with the 145th Regiment and seeing fortifications put up. Stationed on Hill 700 during a period of heavy combat, he tells of hauling ammunition and wounded for three days as well as operating a machine gun. After the fighting, he describes seeing enemy remains get buried in a trench. Kuester talks about street-fighting training, preparations for the invasion of Luzon (Philippines), joining the invasion fleet, and witnessing kamikaze attacks on nearby ships.

Transferred to a service company, he discusses driving a truck ashore at Lingayen Gulf and driving ammunition runs during his unit's attack on Intramuros (on the outskirts of Manila). Kuester portrays seeing the remains of Japanese soldiers that had been killed with flamethrowers. He touches on policing Manila and providing food to Filipino civilians. He details combat on Sugarloaf Mountain, where he drove a caterpillar, and he describes driving trucks through the Cagayan Valley to Aparri, where the Japanese surrendered after the atomic bombs were dropped.

Kuester describes meeting up with his brother during his homecoming and eating his first meal back in the States.
Extent and Medium of Description Analog audio recording: 1 audio cassette (approx. 32 minutes)
Transcript: 13 pgs.
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Biographical Record Kuester, Victor