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Oral history interview with Harold R. Campbell

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.98.1 | RG Number: RG-50.696.0001

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Harold Campbell describes his life growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania; being drafted into the United States Army in 1944; his time in basic training; his transport overseas to Europe, dodging enemy boats; arriving in Marseilles, France; his assignment to the 42nd Rainbow Division as a gunner; his experience with various weapons in combat; the reactions of local German and French civilians to American troops; receiving the Bronze Star; a soldiers’ daily life on the front lines; his company’s arrival in Munich, Germany and the discovery of the Dachau concentration camp in April 1945; what happened to German guards in the immediate days after liberation; his memories of the day the war ended; his time working as a military policeman until May 1946; his return to the United States; changes to his family’s life during the war; and recordings of Rainbow division songs “There’s a Rainbow in the Army,” “The Wearing of the Green,” and “Mountain Dew.”

Interviewee
Harold R. Campbell
Interviewer
Beverly Kyle
Date
2010 October  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 DVD.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Beverly Kyle
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