Oral History Interview with George E. Fortenberry, September 24, 2003

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Interview with George E. Fortenberry, who is an Army veteran and college professor from Arlington, Texas. In the interview, Fortenberry discusses his experiences in the Southwest Pacific Theatre during his time as a member of the 112th Cavalry of the Texas National Guard during World War II. He also describes what it was like growing up during the Great Depression and attending various different schools in both Texas and Oklahoma. Fortenberry discusses why he decided to join the National Guard, and also his experiences in early basic cavalry training. During much of the interview, Fortenberry reminisces about many of his various assignments and duties while serving in the war. Among these discussed include his assignment as a clerk to the veterinary section, time in Fort Bliss and Fort Clark, his shipment overseas to Noumea in New Caledonia, his transfer to the Medical Detachment as a clerk, and his time in New Britain, New Guinea and the Philippines. Fortenberry also recollects about everyday life in the Southwest Pacific, and includes details on tropical diseases and combat-related psychological problems that many of his comrades suffered through.

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Creation Date: September 24, 2003
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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
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  • Creation: September 24, 2003
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United States - Texas
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United States - Oklahoma
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United States - Texas - Kinney County - Brackettville
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United States - Texas - El Paso County
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New Guinea Island
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Philippines
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
New South, Populism, Progressivism, and the Great Depression, 1877-1939
From August 15, 1920 to September 24, 2003
Description:

Interview with George E. Fortenberry, who is an Army veteran and college professor from Arlington, Texas. In the interview, Fortenberry discusses his experiences in the Southwest Pacific Theatre during his time as a member of the 112th Cavalry of the Texas National Guard during World War II. He also describes what it was like growing up during the Great Depression and attending various different schools in both Texas and Oklahoma. Fortenberry discusses why he decided to join the National Guard, and also his experiences in early basic cavalry training. During much of the interview, Fortenberry reminisces about many of his various assignments and duties while serving in the war. Among these discussed include his assignment as a clerk to the veterinary section, time in Fort Bliss and Fort Clark, his shipment overseas to Noumea in New Caledonia, his transfer to the Medical Detachment as a clerk, and his time in New Britain, New Guinea and the Philippines. Fortenberry also recollects about everyday life in the Southwest Pacific, and includes details on tropical diseases and combat-related psychological problems that many of his comrades suffered through.

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181 p. ; 28 cm.

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Keyword(s): oral histories | biographies | interviews | veterinarians | clerks | training | Great Depression | experiences | Southwest Pacific | combat
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UNT Oral History Program
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UNT Oral Histories
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  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: Number 1551
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc98984
Resource Type: Book
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