Interview with Wilbur Jenkins, August 24, 2017

Project: Scott County (Kentucky) Public Library: Scott County Veterans Oral History Project

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Wilbur Jenkins of Georgetown, Kentucky is a WWII veteran who enlisted in the Marines at the age of 15 and saw combat on Okinawa in 1945. In this interview, he talks about his childhood in Scott County, Kentucky, his decision to enlist in the military during World War II, and how he circumvented the age minimum to enlist at only fifteen years old. He talks about his basic training in San Diego, advanced training at Camp Pendleton, and shipping out to New Caledonia. He talks about his combat experiences on Okinawa, being stationed in Guadalcanal, and being sent to China for occupation duty after the war ended in Japan. He discusses his transition back to civilian life and the lifelong effect the military has had upon his life.

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2017oh735_scpl012

Interviewee Name

Wilbur Jenkins

Interviewer Name

James Bartek

Interview Date

2017-08-24

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Jenkins, Wilbur Interview by James Bartek. 24 Aug. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Jenkins, W. (2017, August 24). Interview by J. Bartek. Scott County (Kentucky) Public Library: Scott County Veterans Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Jenkins, Wilbur, interview by James Bartek. August 24, 2017, Scott County (Kentucky) Public Library: Scott County Veterans Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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