Veterans Oral Histories

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Document Type

Video

Interview Date

4-7-2011

Abstract

0:00 Graduated high school; 0:10 Enlisted with friend Louis; 0:30 Failed Eye Exam; 1:30 Joined Army June 6,1944; 2:00 17 (19?) week basic training in Georgia; 3:00 Didn't prepare him for combat; 4:00 Went to VA for deployment; 4:30 Crossed Atlantic without incident; 5:30 Landed in Naples, Italy; 6:00 Sent to replacement camp between Pisa & Florence; 6:45 10th Mountain Division replacement; 7:45 Assigned to capture Mt.----- (LOG DOES NOT PROVIDE NAME) from Germans; 8:30 Pre-battle prep talk; 10:00 Mountain assult begins, intended as surprise; 12:00 Describes BAR squad; 13:10 Describes first engagement; 14:30 Describes German strategy and strong point; 16:00 Capturing of important hill and POWs; 17:00 Casualties for the squad; 18:30 Describes second engagement for second hill; 19:00 Describes foxholes; 20:00 American advances; 24:00 Recon assignment; 25:00 Unit relief and break; 25:30 Harsh living conditions; 26:50 Final Allied assault; 28:00 Start of battle; 29:50 Injured by surprise German attack (bullet); 32:00 Describes rest of battle and Germans; 32:30 Medic treatment; 33:20 Felt bad about leaving outfit (others jealous); 34:00 Evacuated to hospital; 36:30 Climbed Leaning Tower of Pisa; 37:00 Returned home at Miami; 37:30 Reunited with family, brother in Germany; 38:20 Discharged on Dec. 4, 1945; 39:00 Healing injury; 41:30 Personal story in Italy; 48:30 Experience as a replacement into existing unit; 51:00 Personal hospital story; 53:00 Disabled status; 55:00 Homecoming story

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