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Oral history interview with R. Bruce Deam

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.310 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0310

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Bruce Deam, born on July 7, 1914 in St. Louis, Missouri, describes his childhood; his Jewish friends; attending a military academy in Northern Illinois that is now closed; hearing from his Jewish friends in the early 1930s about their families' experiences in Europe; volunteering for the Merchant Marines in February 1944, but being simultaneously drafted by the Army; being married at the time; not being released from the draft board to go to the Merchant Marines; being sent to Texas for training at Ft. Hood; being trained as a radio operator and rifleman; being sent to Europe; encountering many battles with his unit; fighting in the Battle of the Bulge on December 16, 1944; his thoughts on the comparison of US troops to German troops; going on to a town in Northern Czechoslovakia, near the German border; his captain learning that 30-70 female prisoners had recently been killed and buried and the captain making the local people in the town dig up the bodies and move them to the sides of a road; how the captain forced the towns people to look at the dead women and then give them proper burials; occupying the town of Gangkofen, Germany, where they set up a guard around the perimeter; training and relaxing Gangkofen until they were allowed to go back to the US; training to go to Japan, but not going because the war ended and he was released; working as a reporter and writer for newspapers; working later on as a public affairs officer for NASA; and his life in retirement.

Interviewee
R. B. Deam
Date
1991 November 13  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-02-16 10:01:17
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