Beukema, Duane "Duke" (Interview outline and video), 2015

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Beukema, Duane "Duke" (Interview outline and video), 2015

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Contributor

Smither, James (Interviewer)

Description

Duane Beukema was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1928. After graduating from high school in 1946, he and his best friend enlisted in the Army. They both received basic and field artillery training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and completed that training in November 1946. They were both scheduled for deployment to Japan, but got separated in California. Duane wound up being sent to Japan in January 1947 and assigned to H Company in the 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division in Sasebo, Japan. He received infantry training in Japan, regularly pulled guard duty, spent a considerable amount of time traveling (getting to see Hiroshima and Nagasaki only two years after the atomic bombs were dropped), and also getting to meet many Japanese civilians. In December 1947 he received orders to go home, and on the return voyage reconnected with his best friend. They were both discharged in Seattle and back in Grand Rapids by Christmas Eve 1947.

Date

2015-07-08

Rights

Publisher

Grand Valley State University Libraries. Allendale, Michigan

Relation

Veterans History Project (U.S.)

Identifier

RHC-27_BeukemaD1853V

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application/pdf
video/mp4

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Text
Moving Image

Language

eng

Citation

Beukema, Duane, “Beukema, Duane "Duke" (Interview outline and video), 2015,” Digital Collections, accessed May 16, 2022, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/41000.
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