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William R. Buster Oral History Project

Project Summary

Harrodsburg, Kentucky native General William R. Buster, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1939 and entered the United States Army. He served as Battery Commander for the 92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion in charge of planning and training for the invasion of North Africa during World War II. He was an executive officer in the planning for the invasion of Sicily, Italy in 1944. As Commander of the 2nd Armored Division, he helped organize the Allied Invasion of Normandy Beach. General Buster served on the War Department’s General Staff in post-war Germany until he retired in 1947. He served in the Army Reserves upon his return to Kentucky and was appointed Assistant Adjutant General for the Kentucky National Guard by Governor Bert Combs in 1960. He served as Commanding General XXIII Corps Artillery until his civilian retirement in 1969. In 1973, Butler became director of the Kentucky Historical Society until 1983. Additionally, he served on the board of the Kentucky Archives and Records Commission, the Kentucky Historic Records Advisory Board, the Kentucky Oral History Commission, the Editorial Board of the University Press of Kentucky and chaired the Governor’s Mansion Commission and the Midway College Board of Trustees. General Buster passed away on December 15, 1995.

Project Code

wrb


Interviews in this Project (23 Total):

Interview Accession Number: 1985oh093_ww009
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
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Interview Accession Number: 1985oh102_ww011
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1985oh140_ww017
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1985oh181_ww030
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1985oh192_ww033
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1985oh215_ww034
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1985oh226_ww035
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1986oh055_ww040
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1986oh151_ww047
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1986oh152_ww048
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1986oh153_ww049
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1986oh154_ww050
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1986oh258_ww061
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1986oh285_ww068
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1988oh071_ww102
Interviewer: William J. Marshall
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1993oh435_ww181
Interviewer: Jeffrey Suchanek
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1994oh009_ww184
Interviewer: Jeffrey Suchanek
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1994oh022_ww188
Interviewer: Jeffrey Suchanek
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1994oh037_ww193
Interviewer: Jeffrey Suchanek
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1994oh048_ww195
Interviewer: Jeffrey Suchanek
Restrictions: Restrictions Apply
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Interview Accession Number: 1993oh410_ww180
Interviewer: Jeffrey Suchanek
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1993oh436_ww182
Interviewer: Jeffrey Suchanek
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 1993oh464_ww183
Interviewer: Jeffrey Suchanek
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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