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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Eustis, Shirley A, 1936- Oral History Interview, 2002

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Eustis, Shirley A., 1936-. Oral History Interview, 2002.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1692

Eustis, Shirley A., 1936-. Oral History Interview, 2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1692. 1 folder and 1 audiocassette.


The Shirley A. Eustis collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Eustis and Daardi Sizemore in 2002. Eustis served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. She talks about her military life in the U.S. and Wales. She also talks about the people she met and the friends she made. Eustis discusses her life after the war and her work with the American Legion and women's Auxiliary.

This oral history interview was conducted as part of the South Central Minnesota Veterans History Project conducted by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Biographical Note:

Shirley A. Eustis was born in Hayward, Minnesota in 1936. While living in Albert Lea, Minnesota, Eustis enlisted into the Air Force shortly after high school at the age of 18. She enlisted in 1954 near the end of the Korean War and served in various locations in the United States, Wales, and London. While in London, Eustis met her ex-husband who also served in the Air Force. They were married and when he chose to come home she felt she should get out of the military as well. When she returned to the U.S. in 1957, she moved to Pennsylvania where they had 4 children and lived for 17 years. Eustis moved back to Hayward, Minnesota and then eventually to Albert Lea where she lives today. She is a Nursing Assistant at St. John's in Albert Lea and has been there for the last 21 years. In 1991-1992, Eustis became Commander of Post 56 American Legion. She is still semi-active in the American Legion and women's Auxiliary today.


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Collection Citation:

Eustis, Shirley A., 1936-. Oral History Interview, 2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1692, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Shirley A. Eustis donated this collection in January 2002.

Processed By:

Julie Dornack transcribed the interview in 2003. Brittney Andringa processed this collection in November 2003.

Related Collections:

A copy of this oral history interview is also available from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Information is available on the National Registry of Service website for the national Veterans History Project. It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Shirley A. Eustis available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Eustis, Shirley A., 1936-, interviewee.
Eustis, Shirley A., 1936---Interviews.
Sizemore, Daardi, interviewer.
Korean War, 1950-1953.
United States. Air Force.
Women veterans.
Veterans History Project.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1692



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 2002



Transcript, 2002