Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I: Interview with Edward Sovik

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Titles Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I: Interview with Edward Sovik
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Edward Sovik was born in1918 in Zhongxiang, China. The son of Lutheran missionary parents, he spent the first seventeen years of his life in China, completing high school in a nearby boarding school. In 1935, Sovik's parents returned to Minnesota. He completed Lutheran seminary in 1941 before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He joined a night fighter squadron and was shipped out to the Pacific. He flew F4U Corsairs. He ended active duty with the rank of Captain in 1945. He later worked as an architect. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Decision to join the U.S. Marines; serving in the Pacific; experience of air combat in the Pacific; change in career paths from the seminary to Yale; experience as a night fighter training officer; meeting President Roosevelt at a military hospital in Hawaii; flying F4U Corsairs and experience of crash landing in Saipan; attitudes held during the war about Japanese fighters.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassette
46 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 111 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Sovik, Edward
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in: Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 05/08/2003
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 112 (Library Call Number)
AV2006.1.25 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I'


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