Robert Kirksey, Interview by Jack Bass, 8 May 2009

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Robert Kirksey, Interview by Jack Bass, 8 May 2009
Bass, Jack
Kirksey, Robert, 1922-2009
Robert Kirksey was born in Aliceville, AL, in 1922. Although his family wanted him to attend school closer to home, Kirksey chose to attend The Citadel. He entered in the fall of 1940 without knowing a single person. Kirksey recalls his choice of The Citadel over Virginia Military Institute and his experiences during WWII. As a member of the class of 1944, he served in combat as an infantry lieutenant in Europe during WWII. He was wounded in action during an attack of the Siegfried Line in the fall on 1944, just inside the German border. For his actions he received the Purple Heart and a Silver Star. He notes that although it took a long time for training and preparation, his actual time in combat was very short. After the war, Kirksey returned to The Citadel to complete his final year and graduated in 1947 with a degree in political science. Afterwards, he returned home to Alabama where he became a lawyer and served for many years as probate judge of Pickens County. He later spent a year in Washington, DC, and one in Orangeburg, SC, as secretary to U.S. Rep. Hugo Sims.
The Citadel Oral History Program
Contributing Institution:
The Citadel Archives & Museum
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
Topical Subject:
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Purple heart, Silver star, Probate law and practice--United States
Geographic Subject:
Siegfried Line (Germany)
This interview is a part of the "Citadel WWII Alumni History Project." With generous support from the Humanities Council of South Carolina (, the Citadel Oral History Program collected thirty interviews with Citadel alumni regarding their experiences during WWII. Journalist and historian Jack Bass conducted the interviews during the Fall of 2008.They serve as a powerful testament to the veterans' experiences and their critical contributions to the war effort. The digital recordings and transcripts are part of The Citadel Oral History Program Collection at The Citadel Archives & Museum.
The Citadel in War and in Peace
World War II
Shelving Locator:
The Citadel Oral History Program--World War II Alumni Services 2009.13.23
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
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Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are .wav files.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2011, The Citadel Archives & Museum. All rights reserved. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, Charleston, SC, 29409.