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Oral history interview with Virgil Myers

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.181 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0578

Virgil Myers, born July 6, 1918, discusses growing up on a farm; working for the Quaker Oats Company; how Quaker Oats paid for him to attend business college; being drafted into the army; going to Leavenworth, KS; going to Camp Hood, Texas; his twelve weeks of basic training; entering the army in May 1944 in the 80th infantry Division, Patton’s Third Army, 317th regiment; sailing to Liverpool, England in September 1944; arriving at Omaha Beach, France on September 27, 1944; crossing the Moselle River; his first war experiences; liberating about 40 Polish prisoners of war; setting up road blocks in Sivry, France where German forces were traveling; being a squad leader; having fellow soldiers taken as prisoners of war or wounded in Sivry; fighting in the Battle of the Bulge; traveling to Luxembourg and later to Weimar, how his division sent a message to the mayor of Weimar, warning that if they did not surrender, they would attack; how the mayor and a woman rode out of the city on a bicycle with a white flag of surrender; how the American regiments were treated coldly by adult German citizens, but were given a warm reception from German children; seeing men in striped outfits walking by and discovering the Buchenwald camp; speaking to a Lithuanian prisoner who had been there four years; learning from the Lithuanian prisoner that the SS guards had deserted the camp when they heard Americans were in Weimar; his memories of Buchenwald; seeing dead prisoners and learning about the crematorium; rounding up prisoners who had wandered away from the camp, so they could get medical care and food; returning to the United States on January 16, 1946; going to Czechoslovakia with the army; returning home; how emotional his wartime experience was; and speaking publicly about his experiences during World War II.

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Virgil Myers
Mr. Stephen A. Mize
interview:  2010 August 13
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 09:25:35
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