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Oral history interview with Roger Neighborgall

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.56.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0749

Roger Neighborgall, born on September 13, 1923, discusses his childhood in Garrett, Indiana; hearing about European events and Hitler on the radio while in high school; attending Indiana University and the University of West Virginia with his older sister; enlisting in the army at the age of eighteen against the wishes of his father, a World War I veteran; the beginning of his time in the army and joining the 5th Ranger Battalion; his preparation for and participation in D-Day; his battalion’s assignment to General Patton’s Third Army and conducting reconnaissance missions in France; playing soccer and football with local people; learning about the rest of the war in Europe by reading the Stars and Stripes newspaper; his part in the Battle of the Bulge; his temporary assignment to the Monuments Men in Bavaria during April 1945; hearing other soldiers’ reactions to seeing concentration camps; the occupation in Germany; returning to the US; his postwar life and international travels; his thoughts on The Monuments Men book and film; and his feelings on how much information to reveal when talking about his war experiences.

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Roger Neighborgall
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2014 May 02
2 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:27:40
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