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On December 7 1941 an ordinary boy Arthur Pranger from Covington Kentucky was listening to his console radio when the news of Pearl Harbor aired Arthur or Art for short knew what the outcome of the devastating event could lead too and that was only a matter of time before he received a letter requesting him to serve his country His life which included rides around town in his friend Bob Bailers car and a drive through Devou Park where teens could dance to the jukebox changed forever on August 19 1943 when he received the expected letter from the Armed Forces Induction Station telling him that he was now a soldier in the army of the United States The letter requested that he leave everything but a minimum of civilian clothing and a Small traveling bag containing one suit of underwear one extra pair of socks and necessary toilet articles including a face and body towel Pranger Duty Calls 1 Before assembling at the local board on the assigned date of September 9 1943 however Arthur Pranger number 35874300 needed complete necessary business such as claiming family allotment securing life insurance and filling out routine government paperwork Upon their completion Art said goodbye to his family and left for Ft Thomas Kentucky From Kentucky Private Arthur Pranger took a train to Texas and arrived at Camp Swift on September 15 1943 where the army scheduled him to go through basic training Once there he was assigned to the Chemical Warfare Service and a couple days latter more specifically Company A 86th Chemical Battalion Motorized On the very same day that Art arrived at camp and got off the train he received his equipment and began instruction by seeing some pictures on germ warfare Private Arts first full day at Camp Swift he got right into serious training We marched with rifles and learned how to operate mortar We also learned how to run for
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