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Elwood Carlson, 2007 

  • Branch of Service: United States Army
  • Military Service: July 1942 - March 1946
  • Highest Rank: 1st Lieutenant

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

:00 - Drafted at 21 years of age
:30 - Where served 
:57 - Primary role - signal corps 
2:08 - Ship convoy from island to island in coffin corner formation, buzzed by a friendly pilot
4:14 - Sound of bullets by the head, lived day to day, always worried about death
6:24 - Philippine Scouts and fighting pockets of resistance 
7:58 - Atomic bombs and going home  
9:15 - Reaction to war 

Elwood Carlson Obituary 

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

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Elwood Carlson, 1945

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