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Oral history interview with Henry F. Bohne, 2003 January 23

Identifier: DCL2003.201


Interview with Henry Bohne, 2003 January 23, at the Veterans Service Office, Douglas County Building, Castle Rock, Colorado, as part of the Veterans History Project, Douglas County History Research Center. Bohne recalls his memories of enlisting in the Navy in 1950 and his years of service, originally aboard the U.S.S. Goss, based in San Diego, and later aboard the U.S.S. Cassin Young. The Cassin Young was transferred to the Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet in 1952, and made its home port in Newport, R.I. Bohne describes some of the anti-submarine surveillance duties he was involved in as a member of the destroyer's crew, including a trip to Cuba when Castro was a revolutionary and had not yet come to power, and many training exercises in the Caribbean. He reflects on taking a 30-day leave to go home to Wisconsin, realizing how the Navy had changed him in a short time, a change that continued to affect him in later years as well. He also talks about his life after being discharged from service in 1954, his enrollment at the University of Wisconsin, and his activities after retiring from the Federal government, including his recent involvement in veterans' organizations.


  • 2003 January 23

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A Korean War-era veteran, Henry Bohne was born in Sheboygan, Wisc., and joined the U.S. Navy in 1950, serving on a destroyer in the Atlantic region. After his discharge in 1954, he attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating in 1958 with a degree in agricultural education. From there he worked for the federal government for 23 years, primarily as a trainer responsible for the design, creation, and production of the training program for the Federal prison system. He made Colorado his home in 1978, and retired in 1983. He then became a consultant, producing video training programs in a business that he had began on a part-time basis before his retirement. In 2001, he became an officer of the Douglas County Veterans Service Office (volunteer position), providing information on services, events and activities affecting veterans in Douglas County, Colo.


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