Linfield University Public History Project: World War II as Experience and Memory


Thelma McPike Klauss: World War II as Experience and Memory


Thelma McPike Klauss

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Schley, Rachel


Guyot, Ruby

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Video File


31 minutes 3 seconds

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Cultural History | Oral History | Public History | United States History | Women's History


This interview is an oral history conducted by Dr. Rachel Schley, assistant professor of history at Linfield College, and Ruby Guyot, Linfield class of 2019, with Thelma (McPike) Klauss, Linfield class of 1949. The interview took place at Klauss's home in Salem, Oregon on July 30, 2019.

Thelma Klauss attended Linfield from 1945 to 1947, on the heels of World War II. In this interview, Klauss talks about the effects of the war, why she chose to attend Linfield, and her husband, who was nicknamed “Curly.” Curly served as a medic during World War II and was highly decorated, even witnessing the fighting on Iwo Jima. Klauss describes her husband’s transition back to Linfield after the war, as well as her time at Linfield and student life. Klauss concludes the interview by discussing details about her extracurricular activities and sharing advice she has for current students.


For a time-stamped overview of the subjects discussed during this interview, refer to the Related Resource link.