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OH013 John E. Ham Oral History

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John E. Ham Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project

Series Number: OH013

Interviewee: Ham, John E.

Interviewer: John Watson

Date interviewed: June 21, 1983

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: January 21, 2009

Description: 1 sound disc (46 minutes)

Abstract: John E. Ham, a World War I veteran, discusses his wartime activities. He describes basic training and relays humorous stories relating to camp life. He mentions camp conditions, morale, furloughs, visits home, recreation and entertainment, and his activities in Little Rock, Arkansas as a canteen manager. Ham offers his impressions of the war from his perspective and the reactions to the armistice. He also discusses the 1920's, the justification for the war, the importance of newspapers during the war and his contacts with fellow World War I veterans.

Biographical / Historical note: John E. Pike was a canteen manager at Camp Pike in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was later stationed at Camp Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. When the Armistice was signed Pike returned to Paducah, Kentucky, where he spent the remainder of his life.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Camp Pike, Arkansas

Camp Taylor, Kentucky

Paducah, Kentucky

Research Notes: Abstract included with oral history.