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
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
922 Field Artillery Battalion, 97th Infantry Division
Location of Service
France; Holland; Germany; Czechoslovakia; European Theater; Philippines; Japan; Pacific Theater
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
Location of Interview
Giambrone, Augustus J.; 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, "Giambrone, Augustus interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 378.