McCathern, Gerald 2015-09-23

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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

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital audio

Recording Format Notes: audio CD recording available for listening in our Reading Room

Transcript: forthcoming

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