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Mathias Kolding, Interviewed by Allan Holden, 2016
Name of person(s) interviewed: Mathias Kolding
Other people present: Darleen Herbert
Researcher: Allan Holden
Date of interview: 5/23/16
Location of interview: Helix Public Library
Special conditions (noise, interruptions, etc.): Air conditioner blows nearly consistently throughout, cars driving by were picked up on the mic, microphone fell off of Mat’s shirt and the recording had to be stopped for a short time. For a large portion, there is extreme static, some of the interview had to be cut because of how bad it became.
General description of contents: Mat talks about his early years, getting drafted, and his experiences in Korea during the occupation
Length of interview: 35:44
Time and Contents
Introduction and a few facts about Mat in the military.
Talks about his childhood memories, moving from place to place to earn money, and eventually getting drafted into the army.
Summarizes his basic training experience, where he performed his training, and where he was stationed during his service.
Speaks of going to Japan during his leave.
Talks about his relations with his fellow soldiers and mechanics. Also talks about his two Korean friends he made while serving.
Short segment where he speaks about keeping in touch with family, and how it could be done.
Speaks about some personally memorable moments during his service.
Talks about the end of his service, and having to be in the reserves after leaving Korea. Mentions a funny moment from after his service has ended.
After farming for a short time after his service, Mat moved on to go to college.
His thoughts on war, and family experience with militaries.
Mr. Mathias Kolding