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82nd Airborne Archive

Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Brodie Hand

US Paratrooper – 82nd Airborne and POW

Veteran Oral History InterviewVeteran oral history interview for WWII Veteran Brodie Hand is now available.

Patrick Russell conducted this interview on November 5, 2016, in Charleston, South Carolina during the annual reunion for the Family and Friends of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment Association.

Brodie Hand is an American Paratrooper from the 508 P.I.R. of the 82nd Airborne where he obtained the rank of Corporal. Brodie was born in a small town in the big state of Texas and volunteered for the U.S. Army during World War II. As a paratrooper, Brodie jumped on D-Day into Normandy and was captured by German forces on the first day.

Brodie remained a POW for the duration of World War II while working in a mine and reflects on that difficult experience during the interview. Additionally, Brodie describes his training to become a paratrooper, how he got captured, and the long journey home.

 

Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Robert Chisholm

Veteran Oral History InterviewUS Paratrooper – 82nd Airborne

The Veteran oral history interview for WWII Veteran Robert Chisholm is now available.

I conducted this interview in Dallas, Texas on October 17, 2014, during the annual reunion for the Friends and Family of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Robert Chisholm is a highly decorated Paratrooper from the 508 P.I.R. of the 82nd Airborne. Robert was born in Texas and volunteered for the U.S. Army during World War II when he was seventeen years old.

In this interview, Robert reflects on his experience in jumping into Normandy on D-Day, and his later service in Korea and Vietnam. Having served in three separate conflicts over the course of three different decades, Robert has had a long and distinguished military career. Robert received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and French Legion of Honor, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

 

Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Rock Merritt – pt2

Veteran Oral History InterviewUS Paratrooper – 82nd Airborne

Part 2 of the Veteran Oral History interview of WWII Veteran Rock Merritt is now available.

This interview was conducted in Dallas, Texas on October 16, 2014, during the annual reunion for the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne.

Rock commanded a heavy machine gun platoon for the 82nd Airborne during World War II. Rock jumped into Normandy, France during D-Day and his experience during D-Day is covered in part 1 of the interview.

Operation Market Garden

In part 2 of the interview, Rock reflects upon his experience jumping into Holland for Operation Market Garden and the resulting battles there. Later in the interview, Rock discusses his participation in the Battle of the Bulge and how he was rushed into battle without winter clothing and very little preparation to counter the last major offensive of the German Army during World War II.

Rock Merritt is a distinguished and treasured member of the 82nd Airborne after serving 35-years in the military. To this day, Rock remains the honorary Command Sergeant Major for the 508 P.I.R.