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Oral history interview with Alan W. Lukens

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

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.


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Interviewee
Alan W. Lukens
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
interview:  2013 June 11
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:27:11
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