Oral history interview of Bert Kurland. Interview conducted by Anthony Pilot, accompanied by Dr. Austin Raabe, in North Fort Myers, Florida on August 2, 2019. Interview topics include family background and life before joining the service; enlistment for World War II; basic and airborne training; service experience during World War II in the Philippines and Japan; injury during the last combat jump of World War II and convalescence at a field hospital in the Philippines; life after World War II: return to school and employment after the war; deployment for the Vietnam War; job and purpose during the Vietnam War; post-Vietnam work training civilians for work in Vietnam; retirement; grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; feelings and thoughts on war; memberships in Veterans associations; how service changed his life; life lessons learned during service; personal message to future generations of those in the service; and closing remarks.
Date of Birth
Anthony Pilot (accompanied by Dr. Austin Raabe)
Location of Interview
North Fort Myers, Florida
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, "Kurland, Bert interview" (2019). Veterans Oral Histories. 689.