Oral History interview of Thomas Wohl. Interview conducted by Miller, Mark; Wohl, Linsy at Mr. Wohl's Home.
0:10 Intro’s; 0:51 Question on why parents were against enlisting; 1:24 Anti-Semitism among comrades; 2:22 Feeling about anti-Jewish/American sentiment in Europe; 2:58 Girlfriends and other acquaintances in Europe; 3:51 Mail from home; spouse interjects at; 4:40 about father’s antigun sentiment; 4:56 Reasons for joining Army – moral obligations; drafted into 106th infantry; 5:27 Air School in Miami/Cleveland; 6:25 Aquitania Passenger ship overseas – no escort; 6:54 Shipped into Wales; 7:04 Where were you sent? 6x6 vehicle to Antwerp; 7:42 Battle of the Bulge – went right into; 7:50 Wounded – 25, 25, 26 of January; 8:30 Not seriously wounded – knocked unconscious; 8:48 Job scouting with Lt. Dale – Radio Op; Directed artillery fire – forward observer; 9:52 Saw enemy close up – many times; 10:36 Slit trench (like a foxhole) to sleep in; 11:35 K-rations and C-rations; transfers; 12:30 No down time – always moving; 14:24 Took over houses – food still on the tables; 14:50 Filled canisters with wine; 15:10 Natives got out of the way; 16:18 Day injured – stood with radios with new recruit – McGooch (his birthday); spouse interjects; 17:40 1/15/45 – Mortar attack – knocked unconscious; 19:07 Walked to first aid station with shrapnel in back; McGooch killed; 19:35 War over – reunion in graveyard in Luxembourg where McGooch buried; 21:07 Night before wounded – Provedreoux France – Salm Chateau; 21:40 Finally got into 101 or the 82nd airborne; general orders him to sleep in a barn – dead bodies stored there; 23:00 Obtained rank of corporal after one week in army due to ROTC; 24:45 Never saw guns go off because always on the front line; 25:45 106th partially decimated during Battle of the Bulge; 27:35 Liberation of refugee camps – on Rhine – Dusburg Germany; 28:55 Refugee camps on foot; 30:02 Could speak a tiny bit of German – unable to communicate much with refugees or Germans; 31:25 Transitions; 31:48 Colmar another battle was in – heard German voices; 32:50 Did not drive further into Germany - East; 33:33 Cigarette Camps; 34:00 Went back to school at University of Shrivenham, in London; 34:55 Went to school – Professor Quackenbush; 36:00 Returned home on a liberty ship – took almost three weeks; 36:38 Lost all of his money place poker; spouse interjects about Shrivenham; 37:28 They assumed he was a lieutenant (compared to his lieutenant); 38:08 Awarding of points; 38:25 Awarded Bronze Star; 39:40 Germans were better soldiers – but spirit of camaraderie in USA; spouse interjects; 41:13 Outfit under Patton – started digging slit trenches – wouldn't dig foxholes; 43:15 Leveland Texas to meet Lt. Dale; 43:45 Met – hugged and cried; describes Lt. Dale; other meetings; 45:40 Lt. Dale one of the most unusual men – outstanding; 46:10 UF had compulsory ROTC – horse drawn artillery, learning the basics; 47:10 106th – used to call them "hungry and sick" (bad leadership); 47:45 75th; 48:00 They didn’t call it bootcamp – Ft. Jackson, SC; 48:45 Miami Beach – not a flier, but bombardier; 49:15 Fenn College; 49:55 75th Infantry Reunion, Niagara Falls; Keep in touch; 50:35 Saw James Colliard and Don Minard – original man had problem with jew; 51:15 Felt very fortunate to have survived.
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
75th Infantry Division
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of the Bulge; Colmar Pocket
Purple Heart; Bronze Star; Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal
Part of Forward Observer Team NCO 761
Wanted to enlist but parents would not allow it, had to wait to be drafted. Wounded in a town called Salm Chateau (shoulder) in a town in Belgium where his heaviest fighting was seen. Army serial number: 34547106.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Miller, Mark; Wohl, Linsy
Location of Interview
Mr. Wohl's Home
Wohl, Thomas M.; 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
Miller, Mark; Wohl, Linsy
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Wohl, Thomas Maclyn interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 95.