VanEssen, Willard (Interview outline and video), 2017

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Title

VanEssen, Willard (Interview outline and video), 2017

Contributor

Smither, James (Interviewer)

Description

Willard Van Essen was born in Nobles County, Minnesota, in 1927. He was drafted in 1951 and received his basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. At the end of basic training, he was selected to become the new sergeant in charge of the records department at Fort Gordon. During his time at Fort Gordon he processed incoming recruits, sorted recruits into training companies, sorted them into specialized training (radio, military police, or infantry) and ultimately decided where men were sent for their deployments. Many of the men had to be sent to fight in Korea. He was discharged from the Army in 1954, but served in the Army Reserve for an additional eight years going to drill at Battle Creek and Houghton, Michigan.

Date

2017-01-12

Rights

Publisher

Grand Valley State University Libraries. Allendale, Michigan

Relation

Veterans History Project (U.S.)

Identifier

RHC-27_VanEssenW2092V

Format

video/x-m4v
application/pdf

Type

Moving Image
Text

Citation

VanEssen, Willard, “VanEssen, Willard (Interview outline and video), 2017,” Digital Collections, accessed March 3, 2024, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/40802.
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