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Sentimental Journey
World War II oral histories Hodgeman County

Eula Fern Lang receives a copy of her oral history transcript from Lt. Col. Eric Ford of the Kansas Army National Guard.

Eula Fern Lang served in the first unit of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in World War II. Lang was one of several World War II veterans whose stories were collected by the Hodgeman County Historical Society as part of the World War II Impacts Hodgeman County oral history project. 


"From the veterans' personal accounts, we learned first-hand about the sacrifices, hardships, and tragedies from war. The efforts were far-reaching on our small rural community where one-fourth of our population was in the military," shared Mary Ford of the Hodgeman County Historical Society.


The veterans received a copy of their oral history transcript at a special ceremony at Jetmore's Haun Museum in November 2010. According to Ford, "A synopsis of [each] veteran's story was read that brought tears and smiles." 


The oral history project was supported by a KHC grant.  


Heritage grants in support of oral history projects are available. Contact Edana McSweeney, Director of Programs, for more information.