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Vonnegut attended Shortridge High School. After graduating he went to Cornell University.
After enlisting in the Army Vonnegut was transferred to the Carnegie Institute of Technology and later the University of Tennessee.
During World War II he was part of the 423rd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. He was imprisoned in Dresden and witnessed the firebombing of Dresden in February 1945. The aftermath of this attack was the inspiration for several of his novels, most notable Slaughterhouse-Five.
After his liberation by Red Army soldiers in May 1945 Vonnegut returned to the U.S. and was awarded the Purple Heart.
1930 Federal Census (Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States):
1940 Federal Census (Ward 20, Indianapolis, Washington Township, Marion, Indiana, United States):
"United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8LV-TX1 : accessed 18 April 2015), Kurt Jr Vonnegut, enlisted 05 Nov 1942, Ithaca, New York, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 126323, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
"United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VMWH-KZ6 : accessed 12 Nov 2014), KURT VONNEGUT, 11 Apr 2007; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
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