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Interview with Russell Mack Baldwin [August 2, 2001]

Thomas Swope:

This is the oral history of World War II veteran Russell Mack Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin served in the U.S. Army 551 Heavy Ponton Bridge Battalion in the European Theater. His highest rank was T-5. I'm Tom Swope and this recording was made at Mr. Baldwin's home in Euclid, Ohio, on August 2, 2001. Mr. Baldwin was 84 at the time of this recording. All right. And go ahead and read that. We'll just start with you reading that.

Thomas Swope:

Can you tell me any specific memories about when Pearl Harbor was bombed? Do you remember anything about that day?

Thomas Swope:

When were you drafted?

Thomas Swope:

Yes.

Thomas Swope:

Did you actually meet him?

Thomas Swope:

What was that --

Thomas Swope:

When was that crossing?

Thomas Swope:

'44?

Thomas Swope:

That's okay. I've got plenty of tape.

Thomas Swope:

What was your specific unit?

Thomas Swope:

A day or so after D-Day?

Thomas Swope:

No, that's --

Thomas Swope:

Did you meet him?

Thomas Swope:

So how did you get out of that? You said you were held in that bunker for 30 days?

Thomas Swope:

How did you get out?

Thomas Swope:

How did you know that? Had you seen that sort of thing before?

Thomas Swope:

Just two of you?

Thomas Swope:

How did you get separated from your unit?

Thomas Swope:

You didn't know her before?

Thomas Swope:

Do you have any memories of buddies overseas that you got close to?

Thomas Swope:

You were restricted from picking up a gun too?

Thomas Swope:

You were supposedly considered --

Thomas Swope:

Were there, in fact, people that did take a shot at you, though?

Thomas Swope:

Where did the shrapnel happen?

Thomas Swope:

I mean, that was that same incident?

Thomas Swope:

It may be tough to talk about, but I think it's important, if you'd like to talk about any details of the concentration camps.

Thomas Swope:

So that if you had seen it from a distance through binoculars or something, you wouldn't shell that building, right?

Thomas Swope:

Wow.

Thomas Swope:

That's amazing.

Thomas Swope:

Yeah, definitely.

Thomas Swope:

Yeah, I think those kind of things are important to tell. It's not all --

Thomas Swope:

Right.

Thomas Swope:

Yeah, exactly.

Thomas Swope:

When he got over there, he couldn't take it?

 
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