|WVM ID Number||OH 100|
|Object Name||Oral History|
|Title||Oral History Interview with Mark Nagan|
|Event||World War II|
|Narrator's Name||Mark Nagan|
|Interviewer's Name||James McIntosh|
In this oral history interview, Mark Nagan, a Kaukauna, Wisconsin native, discusses his service in the US Army with the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in the European theatre of World War II from Normandy to Holland and Germany, his return to work after discharge, and his membership in veterans organizations.
Discussing the 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Nagan references a recent terrorist incident. Despite fatherhood, he was drafted in November 1942. Nagan discusses his training at Fort Bragg (North Carolina), his 'volunteering' for the airborne, and the difference between American and British gliders. He shares memories of his time spent in England prior to "the Jump" at Normandy (France), and the 'jump' itself (June 7, 1944, D-Day plus one). He copiloted a glider on his regiment's next mission into Holland (Operation Market Garden). He remembers the friendliness of the Dutch people he encountered. Nagan touches briefly on his outfit's movements during the time of the Battle of the Bulge. Nagan remarks on the reception, once in Germany, of the German people, and the behavior of German prisoners. He expresses wonderment that during his service he did not need to fire his gun but once. Nagan registers his dissatisfaction with the American decision to await Soviet troops before entering Berlin. He recalls that while in Berlin for the early occupation he is assigned to an honor guard at the Templehof airport receiving dignitaries. He ends his service as a first sergeant.
Back in the US and discharged, Nagan resumed his old job at the hardware store in Kaukauna. He reflects on his disappointment that a promised pension for World War II vets was not forthcoming. Nagan joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars while still overseas, and the American Legion stateside.
|Extent and Medium of Description||
Analog video interview: 1 VHS-C tape (approx. 1 hour, 6 minutes)
Transcript: 58 pgs.