Oral History Interview with Thomas A. Chipman, May 21, 1999

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Interview with Thomas A. Chipman, who is a World War II veteran and restaurant business owner from Hill City, Kansas. In the interview, Chipman discusses his experiences as a medic and driver in the European Theatre during the war. He describes what basic training and his induction into the Army was like, and also talks a little bit about when he was sent to the Pennsylvania Military College to earn a degree in engineering. Chipman recollects when his battalion was transported to England and France in order to fight in several battles that included the Battle of the Bulge. He describes what it was like to stay in Europe, and includes details such as the attitudes toward battlefield carnage, the evacuation and transport of the dead and wounded, the capture of German prisoners-of-war, and civilian refugees. Chipman reminisces of the German surrender and his return to the United States, where he started a restaurant business career.

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Creation Date: May 21, 1999
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UNT Oral History Program
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UNT Oral Histories
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
Date(s):
  • Creation: May 21, 1999
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United States - Texas
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United States - Kansas
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United States - Pennsylvania - Chester County
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England
Place
France
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
New South, Populism, Progressivism, and the Great Depression, 1877-1939
From May 10, 1921 to May 21, 1999
Description:

Interview with Thomas A. Chipman, who is a World War II veteran and restaurant business owner from Hill City, Kansas. In the interview, Chipman discusses his experiences as a medic and driver in the European Theatre during the war. He describes what basic training and his induction into the Army was like, and also talks a little bit about when he was sent to the Pennsylvania Military College to earn a degree in engineering. Chipman recollects when his battalion was transported to England and France in order to fight in several battles that included the Battle of the Bulge. He describes what it was like to stay in Europe, and includes details such as the attitudes toward battlefield carnage, the evacuation and transport of the dead and wounded, the capture of German prisoners-of-war, and civilian refugees. Chipman reminisces of the German surrender and his return to the United States, where he started a restaurant business career.

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117 p. ; 28 cm.

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Keyword(s): oral histories | biographies | interviews | restauranteurs | combat | medics | duties | assignments | Medical Battalion | surrenders | battles | engineering | black markets | Southwest Pacific
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UNT Oral History Program
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UNT Oral Histories
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  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: Number 1299
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc98982
Resource Type: Book
Format: Text
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