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   Stanley Karnow
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War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: Communications
Service Location: United States; China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater
Rank: Corporal
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Intrigued by rumors of a program in the Army Air Corps which would train him to be a meteorologist, Stanley Karnow enlisted in 1943. Thanks to the quirks of military fate, he wound up serving as a cryptographic clerk, breaking codes in the China-Burma-India Theater. Stationed in Calcutta, he developed a fascination with Asia that would shape his later career as a journalist. After the war, he attended Harvard, and later the Sorbonne, on the GI Bill, eventually becoming a foreign correspondent and a Pulitzer-Prize-winning author.

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Turning 18 and deciding on a service branch; hearing about a meteorology program in the Army Air Force; enlisting in Cambridge, Massachusetts; difference in public attitude toward war during World War II and Vietnam. (02:10) Taking science classes at Hamilton College; assignment as weather observer; switched to cryptology; assignment overseas. (05:04) Journey to Calcutta; job as a code clerk; stationed in Assam. (03:10)
Description of wartime Calcutta; soaking up the atmosphere. (03:00) Joining the “52-20 Club” to receive unemployment benefits; enrolling at Harvard; spending time writing for the Crimson. (02:19) 

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