Lee Scott World War II Interview
Lee Scott World War II Interview
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States.
United States -- History, Military.
United States. Army. Airborne Division, 101st -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Interviews.
World War, 1930-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy.
Kansas -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Belgium -- Bastogne.
Lee Scott served in the United States Army (101st Airborne Division) during the Second World War. Interviewed Pattie Johnston on February 2, 2007, Scott talked about his civilian and military experiences. He was born in Turley, Oklahoma. He was one of eleven children and his parents worked in the oil fields for Texaco. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Scott was drafted into the Army and went to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He then became a paratrooper. He was then sent to England while preparing for the Normandy invasion. Scott’s company landed at Sainte-Mère-Église. Following D-Day, Scott went to Holland, where he hid for almost two days in the raptors of a Dutch family’s home while German soldiers moved through the area. From Holland, Scott went to Germany. He discussed his interactions with the German citizens and his experience at the Siege of Bastogne. During his service, Scott was injured twice and received a Purple Heart. Upon returning to the U. S., Scott struggled to adjust to civilian life. He began baking and worked at the chain grocery store, Dillons. Also featured is Scott’s wife, Agnes, whom he married in the 1950s. She talked about growing up in Kansas during World War II and reflected on rationing. Agnes passed away on April 18, 2017.
Kansas Veterans of World War II Oral History Project / Lawrence Remembers: The World War II Years Project
Lawrence Public Library (Lawrence, Kan.)
Kansas State Historical Society
The original copy of this video is available through the Lawrence Public Library. The Watkins Museum of History and the Kansas State Historical Society also have interviews associated with this project, which was funded through a grant program passed by the Kansas State Legislature in 2005. Researchers are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions for uses other than educational or scholarly research. Contact the Watkins Museum of History for additional information: https://www.watkinsmuseum.org/
To access the video recording of this oral history, go to: https://archive.org/details/scott-interview
Agnes Scott, Obituary: https://obituaries.ljworld.com/obituaries/ljworld/obituary.aspx?n=agnes-scott&pid=185132704&fhid=24990
The Watkins Museum of History also holds items related to this collection.
Transcripts for this project are available through the Kansas Memory Digital Collection: https://www.kansasmemory.org/item/212320
Other resources for interviews with World War II veterans are available through the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project: https://www.loc.gov/vets/vets-home.htm
1941 - 2007
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Douglas County (Kan.)
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Scott, Lee, “Lee Scott World War II Interview,” Digital Douglas County History, accessed January 18, 2022, https://history.lplks.org/items/show/1715.