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Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Robert Shelato

Veteran Oral History InterviewUS Combat Engineer – 249th Engineer Combat Battalion

Veteran Oral History interview for WWII Veteran Robert Shelato is now available.

We conducted this interview on June 4, 2014, in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, France. St. Mere Eglise is a small village in Normandy where paratroopers landed early during the D-Day invasion. St. Mere Eglise presently houses an impressive Airborne Museum dedicated to the D-Day invasion.

Robert is an American Combat Engineer from the 249th Engineer Combat Battalion. Robert was born in Indiana and was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. As a Sergeant during WWII, Robert served in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.

During the interview, Robert describes some of the incidents involving mines and booby traps that he had to handle as a combat engineer, as well as his encounter with a German dive bomber.

 

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St Mere Eglise Photos: 2014 Trip

Photos from the 2014 Trip by the Making History Project have been added for St Mere Eglise.  This iconic French town in Normandy is home to the U.S. Airborne Museum and is home base for American Troops during the first week of June for the D-Day Celebrations.

Head on over to our Photos page to see the latest additions as there are plenty more to come.