McCathern, Gerald 2015-09-23
This interview features World War II veteran Gerald McCathern. McCathern discusses growing up in various cities in Texas before enlisting and going off to Europe during World War II. McCathern recounts his experiences in Europe, particularly in Germany, before returning home to Pampa, Texas.
General Interview Information
Interviewee Name: Gerald McCathern
Additional Parties Recorded: n/a
Date: September 23, 2015
Location: Hereford, Texas
Interviewer: Monte Monroe
Length: 03:25:06 (3 hours, 25 minutes)
Background; The McCathern family; Father’s work on ranch and meeting Gerald’s mother; Oil in Smackover, Arkansas; Parents go back to Oklahoma; Dust Bowl; Living in Miami; Coon hunting; Moving to Mobeetie; Moving to Orange; Moving to Louisiana; Back to Pampa and enlisting; Arriving in Europe; Concentration camp and Leipzig; Fürstenfeldbruck; German woman; 1274 Labor Division Camp; Barracks of 1274; Brussels; Facilities at POW camp; POW day to day and hunting; Rhein-Main; Switzerland; Going home; Back in Pampa
Original Recording Format: born digital audio
Recording Format Notes: audio CD recording available for listening in our Reading Room
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