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Oral history interview with Clarence Brockman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.182 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0579

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Clarence Harvey Brockman, born June 26, 1920, discusses growing up in Midway, PA; his father’s work on the railroad; being drafted into the army on July 23, 1942, joining the Third Army 80th infantry division 317th Head Quarters Company; training in Camp Forest, TN, Camp Philips, KS, and Yuma, AZ; his job as a wireman in the army; going to England then France; taking a Polish prisoner his first day of combat; crossing the Moselle River; fighting in the Battle of the Bulge; seeing President Roosevelt who visited his training camp during the war; seeing his first concentration camp prisoners, having no prior knowledge of the camps; finding a slave labor camp; his memories of first entering Buchenwald; the story of a German Captain who beat up a woman and tried to pass as a Private; how he and his fellow American soldiers shot this German Captain; taking over German civilians’ houses; the killing of a German civilian woman; befriending a young Austrian girl with whom he kept in contact and visited later in life; his feelings for the German people; his brother’s death two days after the war ended; speaking publically after the war; his job in the coal industry; meeting and marrying his wife; and receiving the Good Conduct Medal.

Interviewee
Clarence Brockman
Interviewer
Mr. Stephen A. Mize
Date
2010 August 13  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
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