Oral History interview of Kenneth Shappell. Interview conducted by Goldhar, Ruth at Village on the Green in Longwood, FL.
0:01 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
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
44th Army Air Force Band; 55th Armored Infantry Battalion
Location of Service
Salina (Kan.); Germany; France
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of the Bulge
Combat Infantry Award; European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal
See video for details.
Was Awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars; Cleaned the President of the United States‘ limousine.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
Shappell, Kenneth; 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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Kenneth, Shappell, "Shappell, Kenneth interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 310.