Laurin Woodruff


Laurin Woodruff is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was born on May 25, 1927 in Wausau, Wisconsin. He enlisted and served in the Navy. Woodruff’s highest rank was Seaman First Class. After he served at the end of World War II he fought during the Korean Conflict. His service was away from combat and involved ship maintenance. The locations of Woodruff’s service included Chicago. He received the World War II Victory Medal.


Audio Recording of Interview

Minute Markers and Topics of Audio Recording of Interview

0:40     Enlisted to be a Yeoman, reasons why and experiences

3:10     Family members in the military

5:40     Early locations of service in the U.S.

6:10     Life before serving in the military

6:40     Experiences as a Yeoman

8:20     Basic training

10:10   Experiences on the USS Dixie and serving under highly ranked officer

18:20   Witnessed atomic bomb test at the Bikini Atoll

20:50   Post-service employment

24:20   More experiences serving under highly ranked officer

26:50   Advice to newly-joined or potential soldiers

29:40   No regrets in his military service

31:10   More experiences on the USS Dixie serving under the highly ranked officer


Special editions of books given to soldiers during wartime


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