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Collection Ralph T. Jacobsen
WVM ID Number OH 104
Object Name Oral History
Title Oral History Interview with Ralph T. Jacobsen
Date 1996
Event World War II
Narrator's Name Ralph T. Jacobsen
Interviewer's Name Mark Van Ells
Description In this oral history interview, Ralph Jacobsen, a Stoughton, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service as a pilot with the 389th Bomb Group, 565th Bomb Squadron in Europe, and his later experiences as a veteran student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jacobsen comments on joining the Army Air Force Cadets in order to stay in school, flight training in Texas and Oklahoma, and the demographics of his training unit. He describes flight missions, and details his experiences with flak fire. Jacobsen attributes much of his success in missions to luck, and states that luck, not skill, was the way most of the Army Air Corps survived. He comments on targets like oil refineries, the Battle of the Bulge, flying gasoline to Patton's troops, and the psychological difficulties of waiting between missions. Jascobsen mentions recreation activities while stationed in England, plane nose art, and the discharge process.

Attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison using the GI Bill, he speaks to the crowding on campus, Quonset huts, and interaction between professors and veterans. He touches upon joining the VFW and American Legion, and the personal importance of attending his unit's reunions.
Extent and Medium of Description Analog audio recording: 1 audio cassette (approx. 45 minutes)
Transcript: 21 pgs.
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Biographical Record Jacobsen, Ralph T.