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Collection Gilbert A. Korth
WVM ID Number OH 107
Object Name Oral History
Title Oral History Interview with Gilbert A. Korth
Date 1996
Event World War II
Narrator's Name Gilbert A. Korth
Interviewer's Name Mark Van Ells
Description In this oral history interview, Gilbert Korth, a Juneau, Wisconsin native, discusses his World War II service as a rifleman with the 30th Infantry Division, 119th Infantry Regiment, Companies I and A.

Korth talks about his induction, basic training at Camp Bulter (North Carolina), and rifle training in Wales. Transferred to France as a replacement, Korth mentions hedgerow fighting, digging foxholes, being wounded by German artillery fire, and the importance of teaching survival techniques to replacements. He compares the combat he experienced to the battles seen in World War II movies. Korth relates being taken prisoner by German soldiers while scavenging for blankets, marching to prison camp while carrying a wounded American soldier, learning his Geneva Convention rights, and transfer to Stalag IIB. He describes life at Stalag IIB including translating German commands, working on a farm, Red Cross parcels, and using cigarettes for money among prisoners. Korth comments on an unsuccessful attempt to escape from the POW camp and a second successful escape when he and four others reached a liberated city.

He touches upon his return to the United States, transfer to Company I of the 201st Infantry, medical problems related to being a POW, and membership in veterans organizations. Korth mentions his reasons for joining the American Legion and the Ex-POWs, and post-war work.
Extent and Medium of Description Analog audio recording: 1 audio cassette (approx. 1 hour, 10 minutes)
Transcript: 21 pgs.
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Biographical Record Korth, Gilbert A.