Featured Interview: WWII Veteran Robert Chisholm

WWII Veteran Robert Chisholm

With the upcoming 79th Anniversary of D-Day, I thought it appropriate to feature the oral history interview of WWII Veteran Robert Chisholm.


Robert Chisholm served in the 82nd Airborne, 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment, as a paratrooper during World War II. Robert jumped into Normandy, behind the German lines, during the early morning of June 6, 1944, before the invasion began. Robert eventually made his way to St. Mere Eglise and participated in the battle at La Fiere Bridge. Subsequently, Robert was injured in combat on his 19th birthday while in Normandy.


Robert Chisholm received a Combat Infantry Badge with two stars (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam) which placed him in rare company with fewer than 400 being issued in the history of the U.S. Army. Robert retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. His awards include 82nd Airborne Division Hall of Fame member, 2013 82nd Airborne Divison All American of the Year, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and French Legion of Honor.

Oral History Interview

During the interview, Robert discusses his service during D-Day, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, Korea, and Viet Nam. You can watch the full interview below:

All-American Hero

Robert Chisholm was a true and literal All-American Hero who passed away on January 4, 2022. Robert was gracious with his time and loved his fellow Veterans.

Paratroopers never die, they just slip away. We miss you Robert.

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About Patrick Russell

Director and oral historian for the Making History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Veteran stories for future generations. Resides in Miami, Florida, where he is a full-time mediator and has been a practicing lawyer since 1994. Proudly serves as a staff member for the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, in addition to being a member of the Oral History Association, American Historical Association; Friends and Family of the 508 P.I.R.; and the Battle of the Bulge Association. Graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in Political Science, and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Additional courses and workshops for oral history and museum studies have been taken at Baylor University and Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. Contact info: (305) 608-2977 or patrick@making-history-project.com

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