OH 1476 | Oral History

OH 1476

His experiences as a paratrooper in the European Theater during World War II. His youth in Du Bois, Pennsylvania; attendance at Lock Haven State Teachers College, Pennsylvania; enlistment in the Army, February, 1942; basic training, Camp Croft, Spartenburg, South Carolina, 1942; Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1942; volunteering for the Airborne and parachute training, Fort Benning, 1942; demolition school, 1943; assignment to the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1942; his marriage, December 22, 1942; attachment of the 501st Regiment to the 101st Airborne Division; shipment to England, January, 1943; training for the Normandy invasion; the night jump into Normandy, June 6, 1944; securing the La Barquette lock; the capture of Carentan and its road network; Operation MARKET-GARDEN, September, 1944; comments about the commanding officer of the 501st, Colonel Howard Johnson; the Battle of the Bulge, December, 1944-January, 1945; miscellaneous recollections about other combat experiences; postwar occupation duty in the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden; comments about the esprit de corps of airborne troops.

About this Oral History

Physical Description 90 pp.
Terms of Use Open
Interviewer(s) Peter B. Lane
Date of Interview August 9, 2002

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