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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

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

295th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company

Location of Service

Rhineland (Germany)

Highest Rank

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

United States


Verlander, Connie

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.


Gellar, Robert; 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


Verlander, Connie

Length of Interview

22 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type