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Oral history interview with Grant Grimm

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.24 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0024

Grant Grimm, born on January 29, 1921, in East Chicago, IL, describes entering the US Army in October 1943; being a sergeant in the 430th Fighter Squadron of the 474th Fighter Group of the 9th Air Force tactical unit; operating out of England two months following D-Day; going with his unit to France to a combat-engineered airstrip near Saint L; their job to support the progress of the First Army; going through various fields, finally winding up in Northern France, near Reims; going to a couple of different airfields in Belgium; passing through the Ziegfried Line; going to a field not too far from Leipzig and near Weimar; going to Buchenwald concentration camp with a few friends on May 8, 1945, having some idea of what they would find there; conditions in the camp, including the surviving inmates and the victims; speaking with camp survivors; the diary he kept during that time; seeing evidence of the experiments in the camp hospital; the effect of the camp on his friends; heading to Nice, France in a motor convoy and passing through Metz, France, where they encountered animosity; returning to the US in October 1945; going to Camp Attenbury in Indiana, where German prisoners of war worked for the US; and the impact seeing Buchenwald has had on him.

Interviewee
Grant Grimm
Date
1983 July 28  (interview)
Language
English
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