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Oral history interview with Brooks McClure

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.118 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0626

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Brooks McClure, born March 8, 1919, discusses growing up in New York City; receiving Australian newspapers from a pen pal in Australia; sending a letter to one of the newspapers and being accepted by the newspaper as a correspondent in 1937; the death of his father in 1940; getting a job as a copy boy at the International Herald Tribune; joining the Army in 1942; working with a teletype team on special assignment in the infantry; arriving in Europe in early 1944; being posted in the 65th division of Patton’s army; working with military communication systems between the front lines and headquarters; his assignment in Ohrdruf to take pictures the day after the camp was liberated; viewing the barracks and seeing dead and dying people throughout the camp; the camp’s mass grave; prisoners attempts to converse with him; eventually learning the full extent of what went on in the camp; visits to the camp from Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton; moving with Patton’s army into Austria; being in Linz, Austria when the war ended; participating in the recovery of paintings lost from a museum in Linz; and being shipped home from Paris where his last assignment was with the Stars and Stripes news source.

Interviewee
Brooks McClure
Interviewer
Brooks McClure
Date
2011 July 07  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.
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