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WWII Veteran Archive

Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Harald Mayrock

Vetean Oral History InterviewVeteran oral history interview for WWII Veteran Harald Mayrock is now available.

Patrick Russell completed this interview on February 10, 2015, in Lima, Peru.

WWII Veteran Harald Mayrock is a German Paratrooper from the 7th Paratrooper Division, 1st Company. Harald was born in Lima, Peru. As fate would have it, Harald’s father, who was German, took Harald to Germany to enroll him in a prestigious school right before WWII broke out. In fact, Harald’s parents were on a ship ready to leave when they were ordered to disembark just prior to Germany’s invasion of Poland. After the start of World War II, Harald was drafted into the Luftwaffe and served in a heavy mortar platoon in Holland, Yugoslavia, and Germany.

During this interview, Harald reflects upon his childhood, how he arrived in Germany, the state of Germany prior to the war, his military service, the end of the war, his time as a prisoner of war, and his fantastic journey to reunite with his family and then return to Peru.

 

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.