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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Jacques, Jr., Edwin D.

Date: March 6, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211376

Biographical sketch: Edwin Jacques canceled his agriculture deferment in 1943 and was drafted into the Army in 1944. He was sent to Little Rock, Arkansas for basic training and was taken out of it before completion and immediately sent to Europe to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. Jacques describes his basic training, his trip from Arkansas to the front line in Germany, and being part of the troops advancing into Austria. He received a Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in the fight for Nuremburg, Germany. He was in Austria when the war ended in Europe. He describes meeting General Eisenhower while on guard at a border crossing into Italy, and of being moved into Service Company in Germany and requisitioning desks and office furniture from the German civilians. He was returned to the States in March 1946 and discharged from the service.

Summary: Corporal/Specialist Jacques entered the Army (Infantry) in 1944 and served until 1946 in the 3rd Infantry Division, 15th Infantry, A Company. Interviewed by Joyce Suellentrop on Mar 6, 2006, Jacques 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 Gray County Veterans Memorial & Archives and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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Title (Main title): Interview on experiences in World War II

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019-14-04-07  Cassette Audio Tape (2) 

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