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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Munsch, Edwin

Date: June 8, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211427

Biographical sketch: Edwin Munsch was drafted, inducted into the Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and sent to Fort Hood, Texas for basic training and training as a light machine gunner. He was immediately shipped to Europe and wounded on the beach in Normandy as part of the third or fourth group to land there. His mother received a 'missing in action' telegram about him and then a second telegram the next day to say they'd found him. His feet, legs and hands froze during the Battle of the Bulge and he was sent to an English hospital to recover. He describes being in the Battle, meeting General Patton, the C-47 flight to England, and peeling his blistered skin in the hospital. He describes his experiences with the Army tank troops in Germany during the winter and working with the amphibious engineers building bridges with German prisoners of war after the war in Europe ended. When he was released from the hospital, Munsch was offered the choice to either be assigned to the Second Armored Division and sail for Japan, or remain in Europe as an interpreter in Germany. Munsch had spoken only German until he started grade school in Ness City, Kansas, and he became an interpreter.

Summary: Munsch was drafted into the Army (Armored). Interviewed by Lynette Stenzel on Jun 8, 2006, Munsch 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 video copy of the interview is available through the Frank Stull American Legion #152 (Ness City) 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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