Novak, Chester Joe (Interview outline and video), 2007

Chester Novak is a WW II and Korean War veteran who served in the United States Air Force from February 1944 to 1952 in the Aleutian Islands and Korea respectively. In this interview, Novak talks about growing up on a farm and joining the Army at 15 years old. Because he was underage, the Army sent him home. In 1944 he was drafted by the Air Force as a gunner. During the Korean War, Novak's plane was shot down and he became a prisoner of war for 17 months. After being released from prison camp, Novak left the Air Force, got married and moved to Mississippi where he was a shrimper for 22 years.
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Grand Valley State University. University Libraries
Veterans History Project (U.S.)
Subject Topic:
Oral history, Veterans History Project (U.S.), United States--History, Military, Michigan--History, Military, World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American, Korean War, 1950-1953--Personal narratives, American, United States. Air Force, Prisoners of war, and Video recordings
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