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Veteran Stories - Dr. Norman Carson

NORMAN M CARSON PH. D

PROFESSOR EMERITUS DEPARTMENT OF ENGLSH GENEVA COLLEGE

The story of my military service is not spectacular, but in a certain way it encompasses the entire globe. Through God's grace I never participated in combat as did many of my friends. My family moved to Beaver Falls In 1941, my father serving as Geneva's business manager. It was natural, then, that I enter Geneva In 1943 as a pre-med major. In 19441 was drafted Into the army medical corps. Eventually I was shipped overseas, via the Suez Canal, to India, where I was reinvented-from medic to a member of the OSS, the forerunner of the present CIA.

I served as a cryptographer in India, Singapore and Malaysia In the China, Burma, India (CBI) front commanded by the famous Lord Louis Mountbatten. While I chafed over my time abroad {the war had ended before I arrived in India), the opportunities for learning about other cultures were of great value. I was privileged to see the Taj Mahal by moonlight. I became a friend of an Italian POW who ceaselessly serenaded his captors with the romantic "Matt/nata" and other Neapolitan songs. I briefly experienced the exotic locales of Singapore and Jakarta. When asked if I wanted to remain with the OSS or work for the State

Department, I quickly turned each offer down and eventually started home.

The voyage to the United States continued my globe encircling adventure-from New Delhi via Hong Kong and San Francisco to Ft. Meade where I was discharged. I was happy to enroll at Geneva again, this time not as a pre-med but as an English major. My undergraduate studies at Geneva served me well, and for that I give praise to my Heavenly Father whose watchful care brought me through it all.

BRANCH: U. S. Army  YEARS OF SERVICE: 1944-1946 WAR SERVED IN: WW II RANK: Pfc.



 

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