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Document Details


Title: Harold G. (Snuff) Kurvers
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Concordia University, St. Paul. Department of History
Collection: Prisoner of War Oral History Project
Description: Harold G. Kurvers was born on 18 May 1918 in St Paul, MN, and with the exception of his military service is a lifelong resident of the city. He grew up on Rice Street, and attended Washington High School until 1936. After this he worked a number of jobs before being drafted into the US Army in April 1941. He completed basic training at Ft Lewis, WA, and joined the 194th Tank Battalion as a medic. In September 1941 this unit was posted to the Philippines, to Ft Stotsenberg, north of Manila and near the Army Air Corp's Clark Field. With the Japanese attack of December 1941, Harold's unit was forced to retreat; he was eventually captured at Bataan, along with thousands of other American personnel. He survived the infamous Bataan Death March and a brief stay at Camp O'Donnell (April - June 1942) before being sent to Cabanatuan, Philippines, where he remained until October 1944. Like all prisoners, Harold suffered from malnutrition, poor treatment, and disease.
URL: http://people.csp.edu/saylor/POWproject/POWinterviews/KurversH.htm
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2002 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Kurvers, Harold (Snuff)
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document location: St. Paul, MN
Document date: 18-Mar-2002
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Organizations discussed: U.S. Army
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Minnesota; North America; St. Paul, MN; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Minnesota; North America; Oral history; Prisoners of war; St. Paul, MN; U.S. Army; United States; United States--Armed Forces; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American; World War, 1914-1918--Veterans
ASP release: 2007-01
Document code: OHI0034058-37400