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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with John J. Hinchliff
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: John J. Hinchliff was born in Park Rapids, Minnesota. He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 1942 and decided to join an airborne division. He eventually ended up with the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division and participated in D-Day, fighting in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Upon returning home he received a certificate equivalent to a high school education and worked jobs at Ford and Delano Dairy, supporting his wife and five children. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Being raised by his poor grandparents during the Great Depression: shooting deer for food, making homemade wine, being bullied at school; being taught to box by local boxers; electricity being installed into his home and dirt roads being paved; joining the National Guard as a quest for excitement; deciding to join an airborne division; airborne training: preliminary, jump school, night jumping, desert jumping; the horrendous conditions on a military ship from New York to Liverpool; running low on ammunition and out of food in France; being dropped behind enemy lines; abandoning friendships during the war; impact of war on civilians; reorientation into civilian life: finding work, supporting a family, going to movie theaters.
3 hours sound cassettes
74 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
150 minutes length
Interviewee: Hinchliff, John J.
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 115 (Library Call Number)
AV2008.26.14 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II'