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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with John W. Legg
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: John W. Legg was born in Randolet, Oklahoma. He grew up on a farm in Walnut Grove, Arkansas. He joined the Tom Mix Circus, and later joined the army and served in Hawaii prior to being transferred to Fort Snelling, where he was rapidly promoted and served almost the entire war as the Sergeant Major of Fort Snelling. After World War II he served in the occupation of Japan and in the Korean War. In the 1950s he was the Sergeant Major of the 14th Army Corps in the Buzza Building on West Lake Street in Minneapolis. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Growing up on a farm in rural Arkansas; community life: school, church, social life; work and economic life in the Great Depression; working for the circus; joining and serving in the pre-World War II army in Hawaii; being transferred to Fort Snelling; the Armistice Day Blizzard; rapid promotion; work and life in the army at Fort Snelling as the senior sergeant; married life and housing at Fort Snelling and in the Twin Cities during the war; service in the occupation of Japan and in the Korean War; returning to Minneapolis to work as Sergeant Major in the Buzza Building on West Lake Street.
2 hours sound cassettes
64 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
90 minutes length
Interviewee: Legg, John W.
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in: Bloomington, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 115 (Library Call Number)
AV2008.26.20 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II'