Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page Click here for the Home Page

Document Details


Title: Richard Jenke
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Rice University. Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning
Collection: Heights Remembers World War II Oral History Project
Description: When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Richard Jenke was only fourteen years old, but he was more than ready to play his part in the conflict. This was the biggest shock our nation had had in a long time, remembers his wife, Irma. Richard clearly recalls the day after the bombing. (It was) the first time I skipped school in my entire life . . . to try and join the Marines, he laughs. Guys were there by the hundreds to enlist, and there I was, fourteen years old. The guy said, Son, you go on home and grow up and come back to see us. Determined to serve his country, Richard contrived a story to fool the Navy recruiters into thinking he was old enough to enlist. To his surprise, the recruiters believed his tall tale, and by 1942, Richard was serving aboard a Navy submarine in the Pacific.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Jenke, Richard, 1927(?)-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1927
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Asia; Europe; Japan; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Europe; History; Japan; Local history; North America; Oral history; Soldiers; United States; Veterans; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--War work; World War, 1939-1945--Women
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0029664-32906