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Oral History Interview: David Freeman

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Oral history interview with WWII veteran David Freeman


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    tell me your full name please and your relationship to the bishop Kroger
    okay hi my name is Dave Freeman singer
    my dad is Bishop Theodore Anthony Freeman singer
    that’s pretty lights
    daddy tell me about what you know of your tell me when you first saw your father
    talk about being a serving in World War 2 when you first start to hear stories

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    over the years Deadwood talk about the different time of being in the military
    military we have Thea encyclopedia I would pull it out
    what you know I was in World War II we knew that he was in ww2
    to my brothers and I had two older one younger we know about him just being in the Navy
    in the Navy but that was about it and we knew that he had been to lock
    the Pearl Harbor area that was all we knew he really didn’t
    really didn’t talk much about it and then a year or so before the

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    the project started on the World War II organizations
    it was nice because he started to tell us a little more and found out that he was not
    does not have in the war with him that we knew that he was
    he was working at saya I cook books are in the system
    one of the service because they were limited home with a cat with African Americans in the military
    military and that he told her that he serve the captains and the Kings
    10 things and I was about it when he started to become a little more in depth as we ask more questions

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    more questions about what what ship were young redheads have big mouths
    where has a big mouth what was it like to be a little late start to explain
    explain to her that was the USS Missouri USS Missouri
    will based on things with red in history process when we were young nude it was a lot of
    fighting at that ticklish up there and then dad really start to open up
    and we found out that he had not just a job as a yacht
    person serving captives on the ship by also had a second job working

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    working the guns hand that we started to find out the stories about
    Bob how widen when he was involved in
    and I’m working the gun that that there was a kamikaze pilot
    fathead. Act - it hand whistle
    what did you do this is where we demand this week at family ending in MO
    and find out later that duh kamikaze
    the pilot that actually struck the ship Ashley struck

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    who struck his gun torrent and I started this
    describe in detail which let me know that it was something that had
    happy stuck in his mind he was 19 years old and met a very impressive Olathe pet
    time and to experience the death of another individual with us
    what was the first time I ever seen my brother passed away and so he described
    describe in detail and the way he describe it as I can describe to you
    the detail you could see the picture of the pilot was swing around

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    psy coming in at them in their firing hurt during Emma left of the original
    all your hearing is blasting and blasting in all of the sudden that
    airplane slams into the Grand Tour there machine gun the pilots machine gun
    girls get stuck in their gun torrent half of the plane
    falls into the ocean along with half of the year pilot the other half
    stocking and up falling onto the deck of the ship that S
    vivid

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    when you say when your father started to share more details with you in the last year
    did you or relationship with him
    can change in any way to the way you see him change and what was the impact on U of H is sharing of his
    kiss service no it didn’t change
    chains that much because I have a strong love for my father
    father as my brothers and I did but we have started to understand why
    why he never spoke of these things I’m not sure if it was because he felt that we would be a

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    I wouldn’t be able to handle it or he wanted to wait until we were older so we wouldn
    so we would understand it but I know it we love them
    no matter what but the find out that it went through such a tough time and
    came through and only Moroccan the Sleep Inn without data
    scratch that that this medice 111 Livermore
    and you know why he started to open up
    who said well you walk thats help with starting to

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    no tear aid a little bit in sometimes you know
    you know that the communication is the best tool to find out what’s going on
    what’s going on with an individual as opposed to say write out your feelings sometimes you can
    Express interview. Much quicker verbally than you can
    the letter R some kind of writings are taping and we start
    we started to talk with him Lauryn say when you know what happened on that s*** f*** damn thats a little more data
    what were your duties in a 97 Toyota I was this

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    hehe did the different things that have to do but we could see that his house was starting to terrier
    terrier and as the second McCabe around for him to talk
    proper we notice how you started to have a little more energy
    is it was starting to it was starting to see more here
    is kind of like going down a little bit for us
    so tell me it was actually you are suggestion I think that that really land to us being able to see
    able to speak with your father tell us how that came about when there’s a gentleman that was

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    buy new name Dave Noreen and I we were talking one
    Danny said that they are thinking about doing a segment on F World War II
    Hyster are people that were in world war 2 end
    I said well my dad was in ww2 and I describe to him the different things that I
    phat daddy just recently started sharing and with that
    that we decided hey let’s give dad a call and see if you’d be interested
    Pennywise and there is some

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    Telus little more about what was it like them to prepare for is a nerve
    interview today share any of that with you dad preparing for the end
    the interview we all of the sudden found that that had the
    posters of let me rephrase that he had
    drawings of MacArthur which was
    what was the name of a general in death at all so happy
    a large scale portrait Aldi

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    at the signing of the surrender that just
    that’s just wasn’t in on the USS Missouri as a
    person serving the captains Anna Gunn how working with a gun turret
    the also was there when they signed the
    what we want to call that I surrender the surrender and that if it nearest beer store
    Torey Hayden get to tell but the first sign
    signing that they did they had to redo it because of this

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    the Japanese signed in the wrong place and they were all gif
    I’ll give it all the members of the ship with given an actual copy of the original where it was Friday

    finding the correct place but he started to pull out lots of memorabilia
    so you got to see some things that you didn’t know yet if
    and if you make those drawings is he an artist as well that is a great artist that is one of those back
    is there people that can drive you and you look like yourself from the actual

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    12 /7 little spots on your face if you have them
    is it that great of an artist anything I’ve seen some
    some of his drawings at 6 since the program has started to pull out I can do
    The Woodlands scene suggest spectacular but he loves doing puzzles
    hot dad will pull out the puzzle
    puzzle that says 5000 pieces a twerkaholic
    I think God for his patience and get it now

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    and how old is your phone I know if I’m correct that is about 82
    what are there impacted how is your father prepare to talk today
    how to Double O TV for his interview at all other things did you notice that he’s doing
    well that the started to become a little more spry
    are bubbly wanting to talk with us discuss things are also contact us
    cactus groups of individuals that have been on the Missouri
    because he’s got started contacting the different organizations

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    within the military of retired military people I mean he actually started
    Dona lot more than just kind of
    waiting for his time
    things that sleep gave him that the
    I want that I need that ability to express himself Ray was a table
    able to before I think I think
    thinking my words one of the first part of that sentence can you tell if you can what you felt WL gave your father with

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    Hollywood this opportunity and hope they gave him a chance to
    really express his viewpoint on in before
    4 people would just hear him now that listening to him without
    attitude or without the air what I say
    without criticizing
    I mean it he was we realize with dad that he is not just
    I just gone into the military when the way he was speaking things apart of

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    part of history I think I think of it a member of your family
    your family is a part of history and not just history but American history
    history and part of the military the privateer
    scrape family in the Father and he came to the
    rental event that we had I saw you in heaven
    ocean in the audience tell me what what
    is that also part of this sort of changing your father is it wrong

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    when we went to see the Tuskegee Airmen in a rental when will
    I put on their program there god that was able to Sydney audience of the listen and
    later on I get a chance to talk with some of the Tuskegee Airmen and explain to him that he had that ended
    attended Tuskegee University and so that was a great time for that video of the talk about
    talk about that all you know the location where is the fact that he worked in the military base while they were
    how they were actually training at different times I made him feel good
    it was changing him because Dad was always sitting at home except for going to

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    well his schooling because it was an adult that he was normal
    when are we just going to sit at home but all the sudden we would try to call them
    and we have to try to catch them on the cell phone because they were at the museum
    MLP for this is important that have been living in Rantoul
    never let go to the museum never
    because of the turmoil of that day
    day that he is experienced with the a kamikaze pilot

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    now he was going after the Tuskegee Airmen and Wolf sex video
    big a programmer dad was going we call them to see what they were doing hanging out with
    what’s the skinny guys and gals in oak when to go flying with a little later
    little later it was like wait what about us
    do you have to get on your dad’s appointment book yes they were quite this
    this is retarded well we’ll meet you for breakfast gotta catch you later
    hang out with a group by their getting one of the other planes and then we’re going to go check that out to

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    welcome to go over to visit some of the middle men
    men at the what is at in Danville the VA hospital
    Hospital cuz there is some people if they knew there in a fight 1
    cause when you get a chance he was a result of him
    being invited to tell his story it make that big of a difference in
    difference if you allow him to express his true feelings and Sheri
    ensure his heart but the world in a way that I have never been able to express it before

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    por and this one has pieces on tele
    on television do you should share that experience together what would you do
    well we call the round all the relative and the
    this quite a few with my grandmother had 3650 this area
    and that’s call the relativistic told him it was coming on
    I love those I get a chance to see if and later on lyrics to show them to DVD
    they were standing up and cheering in Ohio

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    happy here at the end of his presentation to kind of funny stuff
    email my dad ok these are his nieces and nephews I want is it
    I want to take him out to dinner Xpress that take care
    redhead just enough to touch that is disabled
    falling up then and now with prices he’s not that kind of a bed bug
    the palace it was heartfelt greyhound
    so this was with you right now in March and this was the event for September 9th

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    and I think the new center fielder father before a month or so before that how is your father now
    are now is discontinued is he he’s he’s doing better
    well he still trying to get to you think about I listen to
    The Hobbit news Ohio now what about that I listen to the news live
    how the gentlemen and ladies are coming back from Iraq
    and how they try to get medical benefits and he’s a man that serve
    what’s served in World War II and you still haven’t gotten his benefits buddy struggling

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    what is getting their benefits
    there’s a lot of stories in here when I getting really f****** in 10 Things I can tell there’s a lot
    Stilwell ok well this is in their head
    where is the moon pretty