Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Augustus Giambrone. Interview conducted by Sherman, Marion at Veteran's Residence.


0:01 Introduction; 1:05 Birth date and early life; 1:36 Parent's Occupations; 1:55 Brother's Military Service/ Brother's POW Internment; 3:46 Education before military service; 4:05 Remembrance of Pearl Harbor Attack; 5:11 Family's Reaction to Drafting; 6:12 Basic Training; 8:07 Deployment to Germany; 8:45 Scouting in the Army/ Day to Day activities; 12:00 Assignment to Infantry Division/ Assisting the Artillery Division; 13:35 Initial Assignment in the Army/ Assignment to Headquarters; 16:08 Problems caused by ineffective officers/ Responsibilities as a Sergeant; 17:12 Reflection regarding time in the Army; 18:25 Responsibilities as Sergeant/ Management of his unit; 20:12 Story of immobile howitzer groups and mission to remove blockage; 24:30 Re-deployment to Japan; 26:16 Changing Responsibilities during peacetime; 27:12 Reasons for medal's awarding/ Campaigns involved in; 28:10 Returning Home after the end of the war/ Reception by the community; 29:02 Career following military service; 31:51 Military Career's effect on career and life; 33:18 Reflection on men who served under him; 34:26 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Norristown (Pa.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

922 Field Artillery Battalion, 97th Infantry Division

Location of Service

France; Holland; Germany; Czechoslovakia; European Theater; Philippines; Japan; Pacific Theater

Highest Rank

Sergeant; SGT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





American Service Medal; Asiatic Pacific Service Medal; European African Middle Eastern Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; World War II Victory Medal


The veteran served as Scout, Fire Control Instrument Operator.


The Veteran's discussion of his brother's service: "My older brother, William Giambrone, also served in the USAAF, 515 Squadron, and his plane was shot down on July 1944 near Galateni, Romania. He was a radio operator and gunner and his plane was attacked by German planes as it was bombing oil fields in Ploiesti, Romania. He was able to parachute safely to the ground. He was taken by peasants to a ground. He was taken by peasants to a Romanian prison camp. He was a prisoner of war at the age of 24. He is still living in Norristown, PA." Augustus Giambrone has been married to his wife for 66 years. Participated in two campaigns in Germany and Czechoslovakia/Rhineland.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Sherman, Marion

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veteran's residence


Giambrone, Augustus J.; 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


Sherman, Marion

Length of Interview

35 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type