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Description

Oral History interview of Kenneth Shappell. Interview conducted by Goldhar, Ruth at Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.

Log

0:00 Introduction; 1:00 Pre-Military Life/Employment with Hosiery; 3:30 Receiving Draft Notice; 4:03 Boot Camp/Assignment to the 44th Army Air Force Band; 5:05 End of the Band/Infantry Training; 5:25 Battle of the Bulge/Casualties; 7:00 Remaining in Contact with other Soldiers/Remagen Bridge; 7:42 Meeting German Soldier at Village on the Green who fought at Remagen Bridge; 8:30 Thoughts on German Civilians; 9:42 End of the European Theatre/Hearing about Atomic Bomb and End of War; 10:47 Marrying his Wife; 11:11 Thoughts on Military Service; 11:45 Service in the Band and Discharged from the Army; 12:03 Employment with Textile Machine Works/Trade School; 12:41 Impact of Military Service; 13:48 Personal Life Following Service/Employment with Sales; 15:12 Reflection on Military Service and the Value of Military Service; 15:47 Musical Career Following Military Service; 16:19 Move to Florida and Investment Casting; 18:11 Meeting German soldier who lives at Village on the Green and Information about German Soldier‘s Life during and after Military Service; 19:41 Information about the Military Band; 20:13 Conclusion

Date of Birth

1924-09-21

Place of Birth

Pottsville (Pa.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Pennsylvania

War or Conflict

World War II

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1943-06-04

1946-02-09

Entrance into Service

Drafted

Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

44th Army Air Force Band; 55th Armored Infantry Battalion

Location of Service

Salina (Kan.); Germany; France

Highest Rank

Corporal; CPL

Prisoner of War

Unspecified

Service Related Injury

Unspecified

Battles

Battle of the Bulge

Medals

Combat Infantry Award European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal

Achievements

See the video

Note

Was Awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars; Cleaned the President of the United States‘ limousine.

City of Birth

Pottsville

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Goldhar, Ruth

Interview Date

8-21-2014

Location of Interview

Village on the Green in Longwood, Fla.

Subjects

Shappell, Kenneth; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Army

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Contributors

Goldhar, Ruth

Length of Interview

21 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Audio; Sound

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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