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Document Details


Title: Ernie Mansfield
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Collection: Personal Oral History
Description: I walked into the American Legion Post 282, a little wet and unsure of myself. The room was full of smoke and chatter with half the people at the bar. A dance floor away, the other half was playing cards at a table. Most of the veterans in the pace turned to look at me, a small Asian girl, too young to be one of them. I must have reminded many of them of the women they saw in World War II, Korea, Vietnam (one of the vets asked me what nationality I was). I asked for Ernie Mansfield and some of the men not playing cards pointed him out as one of the card players. He finished his hand and we went to talk at a table away from the card players. This seemingly healthy and genial man immediately lit up a cigarette (he extinguished one when he left the card table) and I offered him one of the cookies I brought along. We chatted for a minute or two about generalities and then got started. I asked him to be patient since this was my first oral history and he warned me that he might not remember too much since it had been over fifty years since the war. "That's OK, we'll just talk," I replied as I turned on the recorder…
URL: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~amnornes/alice.html
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Mansfield, Richard Ernest (Ernie), 1924(?)-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 18-Mar-1924
Speaker place of birth: La Porte, IN; Indiana; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Age at speaking: 74
Document date: 1998
Interviewer: Lin, Alice
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Michigan; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Biography; Interviews; Local history; Michigan; Michigan--History; North America; Oral history; United States; United States--History; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0029290-32436