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Oral history interview with Thomas B. Gardiner

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0365 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0090

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    Oral history interview with Thomas B. Gardiner


    Interview Summary
    Thomas Brown Gardiner, born on March 26, 1920 in St. Louis County, Missouri, describes being raised by his widowed mother; life during the Depression; working for a house painter as a teen in St. Louis; getting married in 1940; working for a manufacturer that made small parts for the M1 rifle; being drafted in 1944; training at Camp Robinson in Arkansas; being sent to England in the fall of 1944; going to France; being assigned to the 45th Infantry Division; seeing action in the Vosges Mountains and Alsace-Lorraine; participating in the capture of Schaffenburg; going through Nuremberg and Munich; liberating Dachau as a member of L Company in the 157th Infantry Regiment; guarding the camp while waiting for the military police to arrive; billeting in apartment buildings outside of the camp, where the Nazi officers had lived; typhus in the camp and the high death rate of the survivors; speaking with the survivors and being shown the camp by them; going to Munich then Augsburg for a month; being sent to Le Havre, France; returning to the US; working in military camps in Texas until his release; the effect seeing Dachau had on him; and how he feels stronger in his Christian faith.
    Thomas B. Gardiner
    Margaret Garrett
    interview:  1997 August 24

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (74 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    Margaret Garrett, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Thomas B. Gardiner on August 24, 1997.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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