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OH028 Dewey Williams Oral History

Dewey Williams Oral History

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

Series Number: OH028

Interviewee: Williams, Dewey, 1899-

Interviewer: Saundra Hoover

Date interviewed: September 28, 1979

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: February 10, 2010

Description: 2 sound discs (1 hour, 7 minutes)

Abstract: Dewey Williams, a resident of Hazel, Kentucky, discusses his experiences during World War I and the Great Depression. He recalls the military training he received, the Armistice, being shell shocked, the loss of life caused by carelessness with weapons and his return back to the United States. He also discusses the effects of the Great Depression, searching for employment in Detroit and his job making railroad ties.

Biographical / Historical note: Dewey Williams was born on July 26, 1899 in Tennessee but grew up in Hazel, Kentucky. He enlisted in the United States Army when he was seventeen. He trained at Salem, New Jersey. He was transported to France where he received more military training and then was stationed in Liverpool, England for the duration of the war. Following the war, he relocated to Arkansas for employment. During the Great Depression, he moved to Detroit, Michigan. He returned to Hazel, Kentucky in 1940.

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:

Hazel, Kentucky

Salem, New Jersey

Liverpool, England

Detroit, Michigan

Research Notes: Index and Abstract included with oral history.