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In his November 1, 2005 interview with Ebony Williams, Samuel William Searles recalls being drafted for the army during WWII. Searles explains his job during war and how he and fellow soldiers celebrated the end of the war. Searles also shares his memories of more of the harrowing experiences of war: segregation, death, and the mental effects of war. This interview was conducted for inclusion into the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program.
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Veterans History Project, World War II
African American Soldier, draft, segregated army, rationing, food, pastimes, V-J Day, D-Day, air raids, training, medicine, sergeant
Searles, Samuel William, "Interview with Samuel William Searles" (2005). Browse All Oral History Interviews. VHP 057.