Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Orval H. Amdahl
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Orval Amdahl was born outside Lanesboro, Minnesota. He was raised and attended school there. He later attended Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 1941 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific as a Marine Officer. He served in the Occupation of Japan. Returning home to his wife and family, he ran a lumberyard in Lanesboro. In the early 1950s he and his entire family were stricken with polio. After recovering, he was elected to the position of Fillmore County auditor. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Growing up in a small southern Minnesota Norwegian American community; community life: school, friends, social activities, dating, Boy Scout activities; the depression; student life at a small Minnesota college; joining the Marines; getting married far from home during the war; going overseas; encounters with the Japanese; working with Sperry-Rand technicians to improve military equipment; serving with the movie star Tyrone Power; cross country travel during the war; entering Nagasaki shortly after the atomic bomb was dropped and serving on occupation duty in Japan; returning home: finding a job, raising a family; early 1950s polio epidemic; running for county political office.
Quantity 4 hours sound cassettes
86 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 190 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Amdahl, Orval H.
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in Lanesboro, Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Lanesboro, Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/10/2006
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 115
Accession Number AV2008.26.2
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II'

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