Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Conway Epperson
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Conway Epperson was born in Iowa and raised in Minneapolis. He attended Vocational High School and in 1941 he joined the Army, first serving in the coastal artillery. He later went to officers training and was assigned as a lieutenant. While in England, he volunteered for the 2nd Ranger Battalion. As a Ranger officer he was in one of the first assault waves landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He served in the Rangers until the end of the war. Returning home briefly, he reentered the Army and served in the Occupation in Italy and Germany. Upon his discharge, he married and returned to Minnesota. He eventually became the head of airport maintenance for the Twin Cities Airport Police. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Life and opportunities for a child growing up in south central Minneapolis during the Great Depression; work opportunities in the late 1930s; riding the rails; migrant farm work; joining the army at Fort Snelling; pre-war service in the Coast Artillery; attending officers training; service in the 3rd Armored Division; service and combat with the 2nd Ranger Battalion including the D-Day assault on Omaha Beach; service in the post-war Army of Occupation in Europe; work opportunities at home; working for the airport police and later the airport maintenance department; work considerations as the head of airport maintenance; reflections on being a veteran; suburban growth.
Quantity 4 hours sound cassettes
94 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 192 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Epperson, Conway
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in Bloomington, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Bloomington, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 10/23/2006
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 115
Accession Number AV2008.26.9
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II'

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