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OH024 Connie Mills Oral History

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Connie Mills Oral History

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

Series Number: OH024

Interviewee: Mills, Connie 1889-

Interviewer: Saundra Hoover

Date interviewed: October 17, 1979

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: February 4, 2010

Description: 1 sound disc (1 hour, 13 minutes)

Abstract: Connie Mills, a native of Calloway County, Kentucky, discusses his World War I experiences. He was drafted on October 5, 1917 and sent to Camp Taylor. Topics discussed include his trip overseas and fire drills on the ship. He recalls what the camps were like in France and the small towns nearby. He further recounts the influenza outbreak of 1918, digging graves in France, soldiers getting seasick and serving in an ammunition unit. Mills concludes by reflecting upon the changes that occurred after the war. He mentions his memories of World War II.

Biographical / Historical note: Connie Mills, born August 29, 1889, was a lifelong resident of Calloway County, Kentucky. He was drafted into the United States Army on October 5, 1917 and sent to Camp Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. He was later ordered to Camp Shelby in Mississippi. After being transferred to a different military unit he was relocated to Clintonville, Wisconsin. He then traveled to a camp in New York and boarded a ship for Liverpool, England. He sailed across the English Channel by boat to France and then onto Marseilles. From there he went to Brest, France.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Calloway County, Kentucky

Camp Taylor, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Camp Shelby, Mississippi

Clintonville, Wisconsin<

Liverpool, England

Marseilles, France

Brest, France

Research Notes: Index included with oral history.