Oral history interview with James W. Stevens [sound recording], 2000.


Oral history interview with James W. Stevens [sound recording], 2000.

James "Jim" Stevens, a Madison, Wisconsin veteran, discusses his World War II service with the 27th Regiment, 5th Marines on Saipan and Iwo Jima. He speaks about enlisting in the Marines while in high school, going through boot camp at San Diego (California), training to join a Marine Raider Battalion as a rifleman, and being assigned to the 5th Marine Division. He praises the Browning Automatic Rifle at length. Stevens describes the Marine landing at Saipan including difficulties walking through the volcanic sand, the effectiveness of Naval gunfire, and the challenges of fighting Japanese soldiers who were positioned in caves underground. He also details the landing at Iwo Jima, including: the change in morale when the Marines saw the flag on Mt. Suribachi; being wounded while attacking a Japanese machine gun position head-on; and his evacuation back to the United States. He comments on his extended stay at various Naval hospitals and learning of the death of President Franklin Roosevelt. Stevens mentions being home in Madison during the V-E Day and V-J Day celebrations. After the war, Stevens recounts using the GI Bill to attend the University of Wisconsin--Madison and become a high school teacher. Last, he discusses joining the American Legion in New Glarus (Wisconsin) but losing interest when it became too political during the McCarthy era.

Sound recording : 1 sound cassette (ca. 34 min.) ; analog, 1 7/8 ips.Videorecording : 1 videocassette (ca. 34 min.) ; sd., col. ; 1/2 in.Master sound recording : 1 sound cassette (ca. 34 min.) ; analog, 1 7/8 ips.Transcript : 24 p.

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