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Morris W. Magnuson, 2007 

Branch of Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain; Reserves - Lieutenant Colonel  

Listen to the following sections by scrolling forward to the timecode.

0:45 - Enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot
1:55 - A childhood dream of flying planes
3:01 - Flight School
4:55 - Perception of war
6:01 - "Kill or Be Killed"
11:00 - Injured on a mission
15:07 - Became a prisoner of war
16:45 - Landed with a parachute after being shot down
20:22 - Family receives word of MIA
21:29 - Landed in New York Harbor
22:24 - Experience of being POW
23:25 - Wants to share war stories with high schools
25:43 - Life after the war
Morris W. Magnuson Obituary 

This story was recorded at an SDPB event in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Images Provided by Morris W. Magnuson

Three of Morris W. Magnuson's most treasured medals.

Section of wire matting used for a runway during WWII.

New Testament Psalms given to Morris W. Magnuson by his mother Lily Magnuson. Mr. Magnuson received the gift from his mother in 1943. Mr. Magnuson carried this New Testament with him during WWII.

How My Life Was Saved By Silk, by Morris W. Magnuson (Click)

My Very Own Special P-47, 7U-N, by Morris W. Magnuson (Click)

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