Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Laurice Q. Austin
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Laurice Q. Austin was born in Mabel, Minnesota. His family relocated a lot due to the Great Depression, finally settling in Lanesboro, Minnesota. After high school he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis but enlisted in the Army Air Force after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was sent to the China-India-Burma Theater. He flew on 169 combat missions before sailing back to New York after VJ Day. With support from the GI Bill, Austin enrolled at Winona State University for one year before transferring to the University of Minnesota to complete his degree. After graduating, he found a job at Honeywell where he worked for many years. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The effects of the Great Depression; participating in the Boy Scouts and other neighborhood activities (tackle football, "capture the flag", Whist); employment directly after high school; being deferred from the draft to finish education but deciding to enlist anyway; pilot training (basic, advanced, fighter, and gunnery training); life on an Air Force base in India; combat missions behind enemy lines including strafing, bombing, dive-bombing, and dogfights; interactions with Chinese and British troops; taking leave in Calcutta and Nepal; military life: conditions of runways, sleeping arrangements, and sending and receiving mail; assimilation back into the Lanesboro community; working for Honeywell on projects from the King Khalid Military Complex in Saudi Arabia to the Southdale Shopping Center; raising a family on the fringes of the suburbs.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassettes
53 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 100 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Austin, Laurice Q.
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in Richfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Richfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 07/13/2005
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 115
Accession Number AV2008.26.4
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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