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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Minnesota Native American Interviews: Interview with Bill Light
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Bill Light was born in 1925 in Big Rice Lake, Minnesota. After high school he joined the Air Force, completing gunners training in Texas before being stationed in Europe. He completed 25 flying missions during World War II. Upon returning home he reenlisted and was sent to Europe during the Korean War. After his military service, Light was married and had one child before being divorced. He has worked as a conservation officer for the Tribal DNR and as a janitor. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Attending grade school in Tower, Minnesota: attending Flandreau; being raised by his grandmother; enlisting in the Air Force; fighting in England; receiving medals (Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross); learning how to fly planes before the Korean War; exposure to Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC] camps and the Works Progress Administration [WPA] as a child; getting married, having a child, getting divorced; working for the Tribal DNR; working as a janitor.
1.5 hours sound cassettes
34 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Interviewee: Light, Bill
Interviewer: White, Karissa
Interviewer: Horrigan, Brian
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 118 (Library Call Number)
AV2008.31.6 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Minnesota Native American Interviews'