Paul Pritcher , born March 16, 1922 in South Carolina, describes being the youngest of 12 children in a farming family; growing up during the Depression; graduating high school in 1939; being drafted into the US Army; entering Fort Jackson then going through basic training in Mississippi; being assigned to the 65th Division and sent to Le Havre, France in January 1945; going to Camp Lucky Strike and his assignment as a jeep driver and intelligence gatherer; checking out towns in Southern Germany and seeing prisoner-of-war camps; meeting up with Russian troops in Linz, Austria; seeing Mauthausen concentration camp and the conditions there; going to the POW camp in Ohrdruf; his limited contact with German troops; leaving Europe in May 1946; how the war changed him; and his message to children.
Shared by Jim Hanson
Here is the video of the B-17G flight that Dad (Maynard Hanson) and I took back in 2008. Dad was in the bombardier seat when we took off and I was right behind him. Half way through the flight Dad and I changed position with the two people in the rear of the plane. Sentimental Journey is one of the warbirds from the Arizona wing of the Commemorative Air Force.
Here is the video of the B-17G flight that Dad and I took back in 2008. Dad was in the bombardier seat when we took off and I was right behind him. Half way through the flight Dad and I changed position with the two people in the rear of the plane. Sentimental Journey is one of the warbirds from the Arizona wing of the Commemorative Air Force.
Troop Review 1945
Found online by Facebook volunteer Steve Schell
Here is yet another amazing set of footage from May 1945, showing General Patton escorting Soviet officers in a troop review which appears to be the 65th Infantry in Linz Austria.
After conducting further research, the troops in review are in fact, the 65th Infantry. The attached picture (from Camp Shelby museum) shows the same event with the same Soviet Generals in a still photo and you can clearly see the Halbert on the men's uniforms!
Professor Richard Darr describes being a sergeant and infantry squad leader in the 65th Infantry Division, 260th Infantry Regiment; going into the service on September 2, 1942 and discharged on April 4, 1946; landing in Le Havre, France and going to Holland, Luxembourg, Germany and Austria; experiencing hostilities in Linz, Austria; seeing combat in Metz, France in March 1945; going east and seeing German prisoners; participating in the liberation of Mauthausen concentration camp; the behavior and condition of the surviving concentration inmates; the layout of the camp; only being at the camp for a day; being on a three-man economic advisory team for General Clay in Frankfurt, Germany; being transferred and being the Deputy Military Governor of Kreiss Viblingen; serving as Military Governor of County Vachnon, where there was a small Jewish displaced persons camp; his title changing to "Resident Officer" in 1949; the choice to wear civilian clothes as part of re-educating the German populace; the politics in the area and the difficulty of allocating space for displaced persons; going to the Nuremburg trials in 1949; and receiving recognition by the United States Holocaust Memorial Council for his service. (oral video only)
These are links to videos where the 65th was taped, either during the war or post war.
Holocaust Museum - audio and/or video interviews
There are many references in the Holocaust Museum archives to the 65th. Collections include letters, photos and more. Links here include interviews presented online digitally.
Robert Hasin discusses arriving at Ohrdruf as a first Sergeant in the 65th Infantry Division, in April 1945; the camp's population; showing the local townspeople the camp and the condition of the survivors; helping prisoners' the photos he kept from the war; and his feelings about Holocaust deniers. (note: Mr. Hasin's interview is in the middle of three interviews- the 2 other veterans are of different divisions.)