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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.

 

Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Kenneth Rock Merritt

Veteran Oral History Interview

US Paratrooper – 82nd Airborne

Veteran oral history interview for WWII Veteran Kenneth Rock Merritt is now available. This is part 1 of 2 interviews.

We conducted part one of this interview in La Fiere, Normandy, France on June 5, 2014. La Fiere was the site of an important battle for a strategic bridge during the Normandy campaign.

Rock is an American Paratrooper from the 508 P.I.R. of the 82nd Airborne. Rock was born in Oklahoma and volunteered for the U.S. Army during World War II. During this interview, Rock reflects upon his experience of jumping into Normandy during D-Day, the battle for Hill 30, and the action that lead to his receiving the Silver Star.

 

Weekly Review for Veterans and Oral History for Friday, October 16, 2015

Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week for U.S. Veterans. Enjoy!

 

Finding History: A Metadata case study at Baylor University

This case study is concerned with the use of descriptive metadata for online oral history collections created in a content management system, or CMS. It will highlight the Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) and their history in uploading and describing their digital collection of transcripts and audio files in Baylor University’s CMS, CONTENTdm. Specific to this case study, the issue of managing a digital archive and conforming to metadata standards set university-wide for digital collections will be addressed.

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Finding History: WWII German Halftrack found in river in Poland

HalftrackLook at this amazing find that has just been recovered from the river Pilica in central Poland. This looks like it could be driven away. The level of preservation is unbelievable. Scroll down to page three for the video and also keep your eye out for one of the front tires – it will blow you away, it looks brand new. A big thank you to Tomek Basarabowicz of Poland.

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Warriors of History: 10 longest sniper kills

A sniper is a skilled marksman whose job is to shoot someone from afar without hitting anyone (or anything) else. But it’s not just about pointing, shooting, and hitting. Snipers must also take into consideration their weapon, ammunition, wind velocity and direction, air density, and even the rotation of the earth – the mastery of which allows them to perform deadly miracles.

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Oral History: New OHA pamphlet, Doing Veterans Oral History

In collaboration with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, the Oral History Association announces a new pamphlet titled Doing Veterans Oral History. The pamphlet, written by OHA member Barbara W. Sommer, will be available to purchase at the Annual Meeting in Tampa and online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Preview the cover at Doing Veterans Oral History.

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Thank you for reading (and sharing).  Stay tuned for next week’s weekly review for U.S. Veterans.