Robert C. Daniels

Author / Adjunct History Professor

Author of: 

- 1220 Days: the story of U.S. Marine Edmond Babler and his experiences in Japanese Prisoner of War Camps during World War II

- World War II in Mid-America:  Experiences from rural Mid-American during the Second World War 

- Several published military history articles at


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About 1220 Days

About World War II in Mid-America

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About Touring the Black Hawk War

Exploring Norfolk Cemeteries Project

Ardin Biggerstaff's Black Hawk War Diary

Read Some of My Published Articles:

Ed Gein:  the Cannibal Myth Exposed

The 1712 to 1736 Fox Wars

World War II Veteran Interview

Hell Ship - From the Philippines to Japan

Interview of a WWII Veteran

The Failures at Spion Kop

The Quality of the Combatants in the Black Hawk War

The Muslim Horde's Easy Invasion of Iberia

MacArthur's Failures in the Philippines

Failures of Democracy Led to the Rise of Communism during the Spanish Civil War

Hitler, Germany's Worst General



Select the following links to view the 33 oral interviews that I conducted during the fall of 2005 and late winter of 2006 for the writing of World War II in Mid-America What are represented in these pages are the interviewees’ stories in their own words.  It represents how they spoke during the interviews and what and how they remembered experiencing and living their lives during the World War II years, with no apologies neither made nor intended to conform to the modern concept of political correctness.  Any miss-quotes of the interviews, misspellings of personal or place names, or editing, spelling, or punctuation errors are solely the responsibility of the author, who humbly apologizes for any such inaccuracies. 

It should be noted that throughout these interviews many references are made to Shaler’s, Shaler’s Rivet Factory, The Rivet Factory, etc.  All of these are in reference to The National Rivet and Manufacturing Company in Waupun, Wisconsin, which was a major contributor to the Allied war effort, ultimately making rivets for nearly every aircraft manufactured in the United States for the war.  Other re-occurring references are made to both the Prison, which, unless otherwise stated, represents the Wisconsin State Maximum Security Prison located in Waupun, and the Central State, or Central State Hospital, the later referring to the Wisconsin Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, also located, up to the time of its closing, in Waupun.

Copies of the actual interviews, in DVD format, are in the possession of the author, the individual interviewees, the Waupun Public Library, and the Waupun Historical Society, Waupun, Wisconsin.

Please consider all of these interviews as copyrighted material.  Minor quotes, giving proper reference, are acceptable.

(The interviews are listed in alphabetical order by last name)

Jeanette (Rochon) Babler

Alfred and Verneana (McNeil) Bohnert

Howard Boyle

Tillie (Dykstra) Brotkouski

Doris (Bohnert) Daniels

Bessie (Douma) De Jager

Charlotte (Mehlbrech) Hagen

Josephine (Aarts) Hopp

Gladys (Jolly) Hritsko

Joan Laandal

Jim and Harriet (Whiting) Laird

David Lyon

Cora (DeMunck) Manthe

Marshall and AnnaMarie (Kretzer) McLean

Irvin Meyer

Theron and Elva (Drews) Mickelson

DiAnna (Reif) Mueller

Morris Page

Walter Riel

Elmer Rigg

Dorothy (Bal) Vroman and Lois (Bohnert) Schleicher

Gertrude "Gess" (Mintzlaff) Schrank

Edward Uecker

Robert Van Alstine

Charles and Nova (Wagner) Vellema

Arnold Visser

Fred Zurbuchen


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