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Roland Eidam, interviewed by Lexi Craig, 2015
Name of person(s) interviewed Roland Eidam
Other people present: none
Researcher: Lexi Craig
Date of interview: 4/7/15
Location of interview: Home of Lexi Craig, Pendleton, OR
Special conditions (noise, interruptions, etc.): moved the microphone so it sounds scratchy in some parts, also Mr. Eidam knocks the microphone off so I have to place it on him again.
General description of contents: his time in Korea
Length of interview: 1:23:44
Time and Contents
Pictures of Roland
Talks about family history, high school, and who he was a student.
Talking about when he wanted to join the service, his parents business, tells of how the Korea war was going on.
Tells of his job, his draft papers, how a lot of men didn’t want to join the army, and when his draft papers show up.
Went down to Chicago, after Korea some went to Canada and become dodge drafters, man asks who wants to be in the navy, joined the navy to be close to home.
Put on a train, separated from friends, sworn in, talks of belongings, taken to San Diego, made friends for life.
Boot camp, recruit CPO, 120 companies, won battalions, top company, talks of medals and classes, getting shipped, first class, paid for college, shot the last shell before it ended.
Talks of Korea, talks about ship.
Shows pictures, Christmas leave, death of family, talks about base, all of his travels.
Mother having flag in her window, no parade when they came home.
Shows medals, his younger brother, good conduct medal, talks more about his brother.
Talks about his service, talks about when he passes, being in the paper, talks about his siblings.
Talks about goals, talks about Germany, talks about boot camp, tells of the requirements, talks about boot camp friend.
Talks about a boy from Chicago, talks about writing to the boy, receives letter from the man.
Talks about documents, tells more about family, talks about discharge, tells of seeing action, talks about the benefits, gets paid monthly, shows more pictures, talks about ship reunion.
Talks more about the reunion, talks about friends he’s kept in touch with, talks about the service, talks about meeting his first wife.
Talks about his child, talks about three friends who died, talks about his business, talks about teaching, tells about his scholarship, speaks about college, talks about his present wife, talks about his life after war.
Mr. Roland Eidam