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Oral history interview with James M. Burgess

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.83.1 | RG Number: RG-50.920.0001

James Burgess describes his experiences in the Army during WWII and Korea; sailing from Boston to Liverpool and arriving a few weeks before the invasion of Normandy; training in the areas of Exmouth, Exeter, and Portsmouth; training on the use of Jacob's ladder (used to climb in and out of the boats); the landing at Utah Beach and subsequent march through roads that wound through flooded marshes; being wounded in the leg by shrapnel and spending a month in a hospital in England; rejoining his unit in October and receiving later a battlefield commission; how during the Battle of the Bulge, his unit helped relieve the 101st Airborne at Bastogne; crossing the Rhine at Worms and being at Bad Tolz, Germany when they heard of President Roosevelt's death and thought it was false German propaganda; going from village to village, riding in tanks and sleeping in homes; going to Munich, Germany; walking through Dachau with two other lieutenants; being in Bamberg, Germany at the end of the war; being moved by boxcar to Le Havre, France; traveling to Paris, France; going to New York City, where they were met with a hero's welcome; graduating from Georgia Tech; getting married; his wife giving birth to twins one day before he was ordered to go to Korea as a Reservist; being attached to the 1st Marine Division as an intelligence officer; spending his time in Korea screening prisoners and refugees; living at the Marine Division Headquarters near the 38th Parallel; communicating with his wife and receiving photographs of his twin daughters; and his pride for the current 4th Division, who captured Saddam Hussein. [Note that Mr. Burgess brought many artifacts to the interview, including a "Deutschen Mutter" a cross that was presented to German mothers for exemplary motherhood, which he got when they entered a building that was a hospital full of pregnant women.]

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James M. Burgess
Marilyn Parr
interview:  2004 January 14
creation: Atlanta (Ga.)
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Atlanta History Center
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:38:01
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