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Oral history interview with John Truty

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.157.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0620

John Truty discusses his service as a medic in the Third Army of the United States Army during World War II; growing up in Chicago, IL; serving on a 12 month Army tour of duty during which the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor; training at the California Desert Training Center; travelling on a large tanker with 23,000 other troops to Europe; arriving in France about two weeks after D-Day; caring for members of different divisions behind front lines; his opinions of General Walker and General Patton; crossing the Rhine; entering Buchenwald with his Captain; seeing but not interacting with the former camp prisoners; leaving the camp after a short stay due to the horrible conditions; handing over SS and other German officers to French soldiers who were marching with the 20th Corps; how the French soldiers shot some SS and German officers in the forest; seeing the crematoria and cattle cars; how his experience in a concentration camp changed how he saw the war; seeing only a few women and children who lived in the town near the camp; staying in Buchenwald for a few days and then leaving to fight in Austria; learning about V-E Day; staying in Europe until war was over in Japan; his journey back home; his work after the war; and lessons learned during the war.

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John J. Truty
Mr. Stephen A. Mize
interview:  2011 April 08
1 digital file : WAV.