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Collection Richard McGiffin
WVM ID Number OH 859
Object Name Oral History
Title Oral History Interview with Richard McGiffin
Date 2006
Event Cold War
Narrator's Name Richard McGiffin
Interviewer's Name Todd Wagner
Description In this oral history interview, Richard McGiffin, a Rice Lake, Wisconsin native discusses his service during the Cold War Era and Vietnam War as a Military Police officer, as well as his early life and his experiences after being discharge from the Army.

In anticipation of being drafted, McGiffin enlisted in the Army in 1971 for three years, and he discusses choosing to serve in the Military Police in Europe. McGiffin describes his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood [Missouri], the drill sergeants that he came into contact with, and being sent to Berlin, Germany. He discusses the relationship he had with civilians and his day-to-day duties at Checkpoint Charlie and Bravo. He goes into detail about the checkpoints and the movement of civilians between East and West Germany. McGiffin comments on travelling around Berlin, playing football, and being an extra in the movie Inside Out, which was filmed in Berlin. He briefly discusses receiving a German Occupation Medal, a shooting badge and a Berlin Patch. McGiffin describes being injured in a car accident and his barracks at Checkpoint Charlie.

McGiffin discusses being reassigned to Fort Sam Houston [Texas], bringing his German wife, whom he had met in Berlin, and his stepson to the U.S., and being discharged due to injury he had acquired in a car accident in Germany. McGiffin discusses his education and career as a civilian. Lastly he reflects on his participation in the Cold War.
Extent and Medium of Description Analog audio recording: 3 audio cassettes (approx. 2 hours, 13 minutes)
Transcript: 47 pgs.
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Biographical Record McGiffin, Richard
Search Terms Cold War