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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Cobb, Donald E.

Date: April 26, 2007

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211942

Biographical sketch: Donald Cobb was drafted in May 1943 and sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for processing. He was sent to the Medical Replacement and Training Center in Camp Barkley in Avalon, Texas for basic medic training. He was sent to Fort Carson, Colorado and assigned to the headquarters company of the 271st Engineer Battalion. Cobb describes handling sick call while at Fort Carson. After six months, he was sent to Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation in California for three month maneuvers. Cobb states that the conditions at Fort Hunter Liggett were worse than he experienced overseas. From California, his unit was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia for a long while. The 71st Division was sent to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey for processing and shipped Le Havre, France in January 1944 and was immediately sent into combat at Bastogne, France. He describes being an unarmed medic under artillery attack during battles and in the field hospitals behind the front lines. The Division was in Austria when the war ended in Europe, and returned to Augsburg, Germany and from there to Bremerhaven, Germany for embarkation home. Cobb was returned to the States and discharged from the service around his birthday in late April 1946.

Summary: Cobb was inducted into the Army (Infantry) in 1943 and served until 1946 in the 271st Engineer Battalion, 71st Infantry Division. Interviewed by Pattie Johnston on Apr 26, 2007, Cobb 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 community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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