Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Edwin W. Rue, March 23rd, 1989

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:04 - Interview introduction

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Partial Transcript: OK, it is March the 23rd, 1989. I'm in Lexington, Kentucky in the home of Mr. Edwin Rue.

Segment Synopsis: Col. Kelly introduces World War II veteran Edwin W. Rue. Rue served with Company D, 192nd Tank Battalion in the Philippines.

Keywords: 192nd Tank Battalion; Company D; Lexington (Ky.); Philippines

00:02:00 - Bombing of Clark Field

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Partial Transcript: I'd like to start out after the bombing of the airstrip and talk about your duties as a liason officer.

Segment Synopsis: He describes the bombing attack at Clark Field and his duties as a liaison officer during the attack. He also describes being strafed by a Japanese airplane.

Keywords: Bomb explosions; Clark Field (Philippines); bomb attacks

00:23:45 - After the bombing

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Partial Transcript: I can't imagine being that close, and that many bombs hitting, and that much smoke that you had to put on your gas mask.

Segment Synopsis: He discusses his feelings after the bombing at Clark Field and how injuries changed some people's appearances. Rue continues to describe what he saw at Clark Field.

Keywords: Bomb explosions; Clark Field (Philippines); bomb attacks; personal reflections

00:38:17 - General MacArthur's headquarters

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Partial Transcript: Are you gonna be at the headquarters most of the time after they deploy?

Segment Synopsis: He discusses his acquaintance with General MacArthur at his headquarters and his duties as a liaison officer after the bombing of Clark Field and Pearl Harbor.

Keywords: Clark Field; General Douglas MacArthur; Pearl Harbor; Philippines

00:54:02 - Fellow Soldiers

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember when Christmas came, and where you were on Christmas?

Segment Synopsis: They discuss his duties on Christmas day, moving the battalion north and his opinions of fellow soldiers.

Keywords: 192nd Tank Battalion; Joe Million; Lieutenant Preston; Moji; Willard Yates; war campaigns

01:11:14 - Falling back to Bataan

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Partial Transcript: See Bataan, the thing about Bataan that so many people don't understand...

Segment Synopsis: He talks about the plan to fall back into Bataan to protect Manila Bay from the Japanese. He also talks about the surrender to the Japanese and the morale at the time.

Keywords: Bataan (Philippines); Manila Bay; Surrendering

01:25:26 - Liaison duties

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Partial Transcript: Let's go back to the duties as a liason now, and you're with MacArthur. You're going back and forth...

Segment Synopsis: He continues to recall his duties as a liaison for General Douglas MacArthur around Christmas Eve and the tanks Company D had left behind. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Agno river; Company D; General Douglas MacArthur