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“Typing my PhD dissertation used the last dollar of my GI Bill.” (Memoir, pg. 21).

   John Melville Kuhlman
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John Kuhlman at time of service [detail from video]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: Headquarters and Service Company, 1254th Combat Engineer Battalion
Service Location: Fort Lewis, Washington; Camp Roberts, California; University of California, Berkeley, California; Camp Cooke, California; Fort Crook, Nebraska; Camp Livingston, Louisiana; England; Netherlands; Belgium; France; Germany; European Theater
Rank: Corporal
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Raised on a wheat form in rural Washington, Corporal John Kuhlman scraped together enough money to enroll in college in the fall of 1941. Though the outbreak of World War II disrupted his plans for an education, ultimately, his three years in the Army led to his future career in academia. The Army Specialized Training Program allowed him attend the University of California before he shipped out to the European Theater in 1944, and after the war, he used the GI Bill to purchase a house and to subsidize his undergraduate and graduate degree.

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Enrolling in college in the fall of 1941. (00:46) Using letters and V-mail to communicate with his family. (01:03) Discharged in 1946; tried farming before deciding to go back to school; using the GI Bill. (01:41)
  
 Personal Correspondence (227 items)
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [3/30/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman, including typewritten note from Kuhlman [4/19/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/21/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/24/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/25/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/27/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/01/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/13/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/15/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/22/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/25/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/29/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/01/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/06/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/08/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/13/1943] V-Mail to "Jack" Kuhlman from Dale F. Brannon [?] [6/18/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/19/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/22/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/27/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/29/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/08/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/11/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/13/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/18/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/20/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/25/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/27/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/04/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/07/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/13/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/15/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/21/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/22/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/23/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/03/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/06/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/09/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/15/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/18/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/22/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/25/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/29/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/06/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/10/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/14/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/17/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/20/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/24/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/03/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/07/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/10/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/14/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/16/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/21/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/24/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/28/1943]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/01/1943] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/02/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/05/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/09/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/12/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/16/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/19/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/23/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/30/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/02/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/06/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/09/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/13/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/16/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/20/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/23/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/26/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [03/01/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/06/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [03/08/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [03/11/1944]
Change of address postcard for John Kuhlman [03/14/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [03/14/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [03/18/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [03/21/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [03/28/1944] Typewritten letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [04/01/1944]
Typewritten letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [04/04/1944] Letter to "Sis" from John Kuhlman [04/09/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [04/11/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [04/14/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [04/18/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [04/20/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [04/25/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [05/01/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [05/05/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [05/11/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [05/14/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [05/21/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [05/24/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [05/28/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [05/31/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [06/04/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [06/07/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [06/11/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [06/15/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [06/23/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [07/02/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [07/08/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [07/16/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [07/19/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [07/23/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [08/02/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [08/09/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [08/13/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [08/23/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [08/27/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [09/09/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [09/22/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [09/24/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [09/28/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/02/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/06/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/12/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/15/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/04/1944]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/05/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/11/1944] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/12/1944]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/13/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/23/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/24/1944]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/27/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/10/1944]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/07/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/08/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/10/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/13/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/16/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/16/1944]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/19/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/21/1944] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/28/1944]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/07/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/07/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/14/1945]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [1/24/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [2/01/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [2/04/1945]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [2/08/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [2/11/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [2/15/1945]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [2/20/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [2/28/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [3/11/1945]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [3/13/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [3/25/1945 V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [3/29/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/01/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/02/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/11/1945]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/17/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/21/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/25/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/27/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [4/28/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/02/1945]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/03/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/06/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/11/1945]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/13/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/18/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/21/1945]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/23/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/24/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [5/25/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/03/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/04/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/17/1945]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [6/24/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/04/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/11/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/15/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/19/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [7/29/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/05/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/09/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/11/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/12/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/15/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/25/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/26/1945] V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/30/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [8/31/1945]
V-Mail to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/03/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/07/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/13/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/19/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [9/27/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/03/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/07/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/09/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/14/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/17/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [10/24/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/03/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/07/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/10/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/11/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/15/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/19/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/20/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/26/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [11/28/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/1/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/07/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/09/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/17/1945]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/24/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [12/31/1945] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [01/04/1946]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [01/08/1946] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [01/14/1946] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [01/17/1946]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [01/24/1946] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [01/26/1946] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/02/1946]
Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/06/1946] Letter to Mom from John Kuhlman [02/10/1946] 
  
 

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