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Oral history interview with William C. Brunsell 1994.

Author: William C Brunsell; Mark D Van Ells; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Cassette recording : English
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William C. Brunsell, an Evansville, Wis. native, discusses his World War II service as a French interpreter, later use of the GI Bill, and involvement with veterans groups. Brunsell discusses his induction into the Army including entrance examinations, KP duty at Fort Sheridan (Illinois), drill at Fort McCoy (Wisconsin), and the Ordinance Division at Santa Anita (California) where he taught aircraft recognition and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives, American
Named Person: William C Brunsell
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: William C Brunsell; Mark D Van Ells; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
OCLC Number: 53325844
Event notes: Interviewed by Mark D. Van Ells on September 6, 1994 in Wisconsin.
Description: sound recording : 1 audiocassette (approximately 88 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips Transcript : 28 pages Master sound recording : 1 audiocassette (approximately 88 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips

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William C. Brunsell, an Evansville, Wis. native, discusses his World War II service as a French interpreter, later use of the GI Bill, and involvement with veterans groups. Brunsell discusses his induction into the Army including entrance examinations, KP duty at Fort Sheridan (Illinois), drill at Fort McCoy (Wisconsin), and the Ordinance Division at Santa Anita (California) where he taught aircraft recognition and tank driving. In California, he entered the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) where he trained to become a French interpreter. He discusses his role in France with the D5G1 detachment interviewing French citizens in each town they went through and establishing a civil affairs group to clean up after shelling or bombing. He also tells of the French Forces of the Interior (FFI) and their effects on the war and on him. He also touches upon French-American interactions, his work with the 2nd French Army Division, issuing passes in and out of Bagstogne (Belgium), and differences between the French and the British. Brunsell talks about the Battle of the Bulge and changes in his role once troops moved into Germany. At Verdun and later Frankfurt (Germany), Brunsell relates aspects of military life including prostitution, alcohol, entertainment, violence toward civilians, and looting. He touches upon the reaction to the atomic bomb and his discharge from the Army. After the war, he mentions use of the GI Bill and his membership in the American Legion.

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