Oral History interview of Robert Gellar. Interview conducted by Verlander, Connie at Village on the Green in Longwood, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:38 Childhood; 1:00 Education; 1:37 Familys Thoughts on Being Drafted; 2:00 Basic Training Memories; 2:30 Ordinance Division Assignment; 2:52 Transition from Civilian Career to Military Career; 3:37 Responsibilities of the Ordinance Division; 4:00 Deployment to Europe; 4:50 Position & Duties During the War; 6:00 Proximity to the Front Lines & War Experiences; 7:10 Constantly Moving; 8:25 End of the War; 8:55 Searching for Friends' Family in Munich; 10:10 Returning to Europe in Later Life; 10:45 Assignment After the War's End; 11:16 Traveling Around Europe after the War; 12:05 Seeing the Nuremburg Trials; 13:28 Marriage and Family; 13:47 Moving to Orlando; 14:20 Partner in CPA Firm; 14:53 French Accounting Courses & GI Bill Benefits; 15:50 Transition Back to Civilian Life; 16:17 Military Skills used in Civilian Life; 16:51 Staying in Contact with Fellow Service Members; 18;04 Awards and Decorations; 19:02 Feelings on Winning the War; 19:40 More Memories of Traveling after the War; 20:15 Feelings on Military Service; 21:00 Final Thoughts & Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
295th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company
Location of Service
Technical Sergeant; TSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Rhineland
American Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal; World War II Victory Medal
See video for details.
Landed in Liverpool, England in Nov 1944; Stayed in England for about 3 months; Landed in Lahore, France and proceeded through Belgium, Holland, and Germany; Remained in Germany for about 1 year after the war ended in Karlfeldt, Germany (outside Munich); Visited the Dachau concentration camp; Was a visitor at the Nuremberg War Crimes trial; Robert Gellar was in Central Europe during the Rhineland Campaign; The Rhineland Campaign lasted from 15 September 1944 - 21 March 1945.
City of Birth
New York City
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
Gellar, Robert; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Army
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
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Gellar, Robert interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 284.