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Oral history interview with Chasten Bowen

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.57.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0691

Chasten L. Bowen, born July 12, 1924, describes his childhood in Missouri; being drafted into the army in 1942; his time training as a radio operator in Fresno, California; his assignment to a bomb unit in England; his interactions with British citizens; working as a radio operator in an aircraft; being shot down over France; sheltering with a French family; being denounced by a Belgian who was working with the Germans; his time in a French prison; his transfer to Buchenwald; conditions in a boxcar with other prisoners; his time at Buchenwald; his interactions with German SS officers; the comradeship among military prisoners; his emotions during liberation; his postwar life; his reluctance to talk about his wartime experiences; the medals he received for his service; and his belief that people need to become better educated about history.


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Interviewee
Chasten L. Bowen
Interviewer
Mr. Stephen A. Mize
Date
interview:  2013 April 26
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-27 12:51:04
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