Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Willie Moss Magers, February 25, 2003

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:03 - Entrance into the Service

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about enlisting into the Army, traveling on a boat overseas, and doing basic training.

Keywords: Fort Knox, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky; Panama City; Smith's Grove; Taboga Island; Warren County; anti-aircraft; basic training; submarines; typhoid fever

Subjects: Antiaircraft guns.; Basic training.; Fort Knox (Ky.); Louisville (Ky.); Panama (Panama); Smiths Grove (Ky.); Submarines.; Taboga Island (Panama); Typhoid fever.; Warren County (Ky.)

00:07:51 - Overseas deployment

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about being deployed to Africa.

Keywords: Africa; Africa.; Europe; Oran, Algeria; Pennsylvania; furlough; gas stamps

Subjects: Europe.; Military leaves and furloughs.; Oran (Algeria); Pennsylvania.

00:11:55 - Combat experience in Africa

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about defending the infantry against attacks. Talks about what he did for entertainment and where he slept.

Keywords: anti-aircraft; half-track; infantry; screaming mimi's

Subjects: Antiaircraft artillery.; Half-track vehicles, Military.; Infantry.

00:20:45 - Combat experience in Europe

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about breakdowns and getting fuel for the half-track.

Keywords: Battle of the Bulge; France; Italy; Munich, Germany; Rhine River

Subjects: Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945.; France.; Italy.; Munich (Germany); Rhine River.

00:27:54 - Life in the field

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about getting mail and what kind of food he ate while in Europe.

Keywords: bacon; canned food; cheese; eggs; food; hungry; mail

Subjects: Bacon.; Canned foods.; Cheese.; Eggs.; Food.; Hunger.; Mail.

00:29:34 - War's End

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about taking German prisoners, living in Munich, Germany, and when he found out the war was over.

Keywords: Germany; Munich, Germany; civillians; prisoners

Subjects: Civilians in war--Germany--History--20th century.; Munich (Germany); Prisoners of war.

00:34:03 - Returning home

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about returning to the United States.

Keywords: California; Indiana; Louisville, KY; Oldham County; discharge; half-track.

Subjects: California.; Half-track vehicles, Military.; Indiana.; Louisville (Ky.); Military discharge.; Oldham County (Ky.)

00:36:40 - Postwar life

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Segment Synopsis: Talks about the automobile shortage and not being able to find a job. Talks about the pictures he shows.

Keywords: Oldham County; automobiles; jobs

Subjects: Automobiles.; Occupations.; Oldham County (Ky.)