OH 1417 | Oral History

OH 1417

Homemaker. Her experiences as a Red Cross volunteer in the European Theater during World War II. Pre-war German language education in Europe; her activities with “Bundles for Britain” in New York City, 1940-41; employment at the San Antonio, Texas, Air Depot, 1942-43; her patriotic motivation; her decision to join the Red Cross, May, 1943; orientation at American University, Washington, DC, 1943; stateside assignments in North Carolina and Virginia; assignment to England, September, 1943; the trans-Atlantic voyage aboard a troopship; her description of wartime conditions in England, 1943-44; her description of the preparation of donuts and coffee for distribution to American troops in England; rationing and air raids in England; her selection as a clubmobiler; the formation of a lifelong friendship with Diana Marvin and Peggy Bell; the use of Greenliners; relationships between Red Cross women and U.S. military personnel; her account of D-Day; her assignment to XII Corps, Rear in France, September, 1944; donut-making in France; relations between Red Cross women and French civilians; leave time in Paris; living conditions in France; her experiences serving troops during the Battle of the Bulge, December, 1944-January, 1945; looting; end of the war and her return to the States.

About this Oral History

Physical Description 120 pp.
Terms of Use Open
Interviewer(s) Ronald E. Marcello
Date of Interview June 25, 2001

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