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Oral history interview with Ed Gardner

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.223.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0672

Edward J Gardner (né Ogrodowczyk), born in 1927 in Natrona, PA, discusses his father, who died when Edward was young; his mother, who emigrated from Poland; growing up in Natrona; attending the Har-Brack High School until he was drafted into the US Army; hearing about the war when he was 13 years old playing with his friends; wanting to join the Navy, but not being able because he is colorblind; going through 16 weeks of basic training at Camp Gordon; being drafted the day before Germany surrendered and being on his last few weeks of training when Japan surrendered; being sent from New York, to Le Havre, France, and then to Nuremberg, Germany, where he guarded the prison; being stationed at the SS Kaserne; guarding numerous prisoners, including Fritz Sauckel (Plenipotentiary General for the Deployment of Labor), Albert Speer (Hitler’s Personal architect and Minister of Armaments and Munitions), and Hermann Goering; visiting Berchtesgaden and the cave that Hitler kept there; observing one day in the courtroom during the trial of Admiral Dönitz; being sent to Amberg, Germany where he was a squad leader; returning to the US; working for PPG Industries for 40 years in the shipping department; and moving to Carlisle, PA.

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Ed Gardner
Dr. Leah Wolfson
interview:  2012 August 29
Oral histories.
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:51:46
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