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Oral history interview with Harold A. Laatsch 2008.

Author: Harold A Laatsch; Ellen Bowers Healey; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Cassette recording : English
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Dr. Harold A. Laatsch, a Tigerton, Wisconsin native, discusses his stateside Army service as a dentist during World War II.
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Harold A Laatsch
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Harold A Laatsch; Ellen Bowers Healey; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
OCLC Number: 244205766
Event notes: Interviewed by Ellen Bowers Healey on March 28, 2008 in Clintonville, Wisconsin.
Description: Sound recording : 1 sound cassette (ca. 40 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips. Transcript : 16 p. Master sound recording : 1 sound cassette (ca. 40min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips. Narrator's notes : 0.1 linear ft. (1 folder)

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Dr. Harold A. Laatsch, a Tigerton, Wisconsin native, discusses his stateside Army service as a dentist during World War II.

He tells about his early life, his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his bachelor's in pharmacy, his marriage, work in various pharmacies, and his 1943 graduation from Marquette University with a doctorate in dental surgery. He went into ASTP (Army Specialized Training Program) immediately after graduation and he relates his medical field training at Carlisle Barracks (Pennsylvania) and assignment to a dental clinic at Fort Campbell (Kentucky) where he primarily did dental restorative work on enlistees and prepared them dentally to go overseas. He mentions that his next assignment at Fort Benjamin Harrison (Indianapolis, Indiana) was similar work, but his subsequent assignment to Camp Atterbury (Indiana) involved work with soldiers who were being discharged. He says that they were given the option of having the Army do their dental work or to have their home dentist do it. He states that he wanted to stay in the military as long as he could as it was a wonderful place to get training and confidence in his field. Discharged in 1946, Laatsch relates that he was able to have his wife with him and off base housing most of the time and they made many friends during his time in the military that they kept in touched with and visited over the years. He mentions that at Fort Harrison he had a German prisoner of war that worked as his dental assistant for quite a while. He located in Clintonville, Wisconsin and operated a successful dental practice there for about fifty years. He speaks of his sixty years of membership and activities in the American Legion; telling of his musical performances at Legion parties and nursing homes.

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