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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Goodwin, Howard Rhaoul

Date: May 19, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211355

Biographical sketch: Howard Goodwin graduated from Emporia High School in May 1943 and was drafted and inducted into the Army in July 1943 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He received basic infantry training at Camp Haan, California and field artillery training at Camp Irwin, California. He was assigned to the 833rd Anti-Aircraft group and then volunteered for overseas duty with the 548th Anti-Aircraft unit. He was sent by train to Camp Shank, New Jersey and in September 1944 shipped to England aboard the Queen Elizabeth. His unit was shipped across the English Channel to Normandy and moved into position with the 102nd Infantry Division. He describes being stafed in Luxemburg, various battles for which his unit provided anti-aircraft artillery support, and of being transported off the line to a hospital after being wounded for the second time. He was discharged from the service in January 1946. Goodwin received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. Mr. Goodwin's interview is of particular interest for his description of his experiences as an anti-aircraft gunner in the western European Theater, where he was wounded twice, wounds from which he suffers to the present day. His interview is also notable for the several incidents he relates, such as his visit with his brother, a member of Emporia's Company B; his battery's miraculous escape from a German tank attack; and his witness to a German massacre of political prisoners at Gardelegen, Germany. The interview transcript includes a detailed timeline that identifies the topics discussed in order throughout the interview.

Summary: Private First Class [PFC] Goodwin was drafted into the Army (Artillery) in 1943 and served until 1946 in the 548th Anti-Aircraft Automatic Weapons Batt., 102nd Infantry Div., 9th Army. Interviewed by Loren Pennington on May 19, 2006, Goodwin talked about military experiences in the Second World War. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original audio copy of the interview is available through the Emporia State University (Flint Hills) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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