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OH002 Hughie Butler Oral History

Hughie Butler Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - World War I

Series Number: OH002

Interviewee: Butler, Hughie

Interviewer: Mark Fuller

Date interviewed: October 28, 1982

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: January 14, 2009

Description: 2 sound discs (1 hour, 37 minutes)

Abstract: Hughie Butler, a resident of Fulton, Kentucky, discusses his experiences in the United States Navy during the First World War. Included in the discussion are such topics as basic training, overseas travel, the 1918 flu epidemic, and the everyday life of a sailor during the war. Mr. Butler also describes the attitudes the French people toward American soldiers and cultural change on the home front following the war.

Biographical / Historical note: Hughie Butler was a resident of Fulton, Kentucky who served in the United States Navy during the First World War. He was inducted into the Navy at age 18 on May 5, 1918. He attended basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station near Chicago, Illinois. He was transferred from one camp to another before he was stationed at Camp Ross at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. He then took a train from New York to New Jersey to board the ship U.S.S. Leviathan to go to Brest, France. A train took him to Trompeloup, France where they were building a naval air station. He worked in the medical corps in the Pulliac region of France. He returned aboard the U.S.S. Imperitor.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

World War I

Butler, Hughie

Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Chicago

Camp Ross, Chicago

Trompeloup, France

Pulliac, France

U.S.S. Leviathan

U.S.S Imperitor

Research Notes: Transcription is included with Oral History.