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Document Details


Title: Russell Mack Baldwin
Local code: AFC/2001/001/3541
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Collection: Veterans History Project
Description: Growing up in an idyllic suburb of Cleveland, Russell Baldwin had just opened practice as a licensed optometrist in October 1941 when he was drafted. The army wasn't much interested in his specialty, and he became a member of a bridge building battalion. His unit landed in the second wave after D-Day, when danger was still prevalent. Baldwin survived several close shaves only to be captured by the retreating Germans, who abandoned him after a month. Back home, he found that his parents had rented his bedroom to a college student, and the two eventually shared their own room after they were married.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Baldwin, Russell Mack, 1916-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1916
Speaker place of birth: Cleveland, OH; Ohio; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel; Optometrist
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Swope, Tom
Organizations discussed: U.S. Army
Historical events discussed: D-Day Invasion, June 6, 1944; World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Austria; Belgium; Europe; France; Germany; Netherlands; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Austria; Belgium; Bridges; D-Day Invasion, June 6, 1944; Europe; France; Germany; Netherlands; North America; Oral history; Prisoners of war; U.S. Army; United States; United States--Armed Forces; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--France--Normandy; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025828-27755