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Oral history interview with Alan W. Lukens

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.116.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0208

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Alan Wood Lukens, born February 12, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, discusses the men in his family who served in the military; attending Princeton University in 1942; volunteering for the 10th Mountain Ski Division in Colorado at Camp Hale in March 1943; being assigned to the 20th Armored Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in artillery in 1944; sailing to Le Havre, France in early 1945; going through Holland, Belgium, and seeing combat in Germany; crossing the Rhine River as part of the Third Army; experiencing heavy fighting in April 1945; becoming part of the Seventh Army; arriving at Dachau and his memories of the conditions of the concentration camp; his disgust with the actions of German soldiers in an Austrian village during the summer of 1945; returning to Princeton University and graduating in 1948; going into Foreign Service and serving in Europe and Africa; losing family in a plane crash in 1961; remarrying; being appointed ambassador to the Congo from 1984 to 1987 and then retiring; and returning to Dachau in 1995 and 2005 and then in 2010 as president of the 20th Armored Division.

Interviewee
Alan W. Lukens
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
2013 June 11  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:09:00
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