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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Otto E. Schmaltz
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Otto E. Schmaltz was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He joined the workforce with Cudahy Packing Company before being drafted in 1943. He went through advanced medical training in order to be an infantry unit medic in the U.S. Army. Schmaltz was involved in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. After World War II he re-enlisted and was sent to Korea. Upon returning from Korea, Schmaltz married and worked various jobs until his retirement. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: City life in St. Paul: grocery shopping, housing conditions, clothing, radio broadcasts; holiday celebrations: birthdays, Christmas, 4th of July; childhood activities: working at a bowling alley, baseball, football, sledding; the Great Depression and the Works Progress Administration; being drafted and advanced medical training exercises; volunteering for kitchen duty; army life in England, waiting to be deployed; being apart of the D-Day invasion: duck missions, Falaise, parading in Paris; returning home on furloughs; re-enlisting in the Army Reserves and being sent to Korea; the battle of Chipyong-Ni and The May Massacre; married life in the 1950s; running a liquor store; going back to Normandy for the 50th anniversary of D-Day; retiring and volunteering to help children from low income families obtain an education.
6 hours sound cassettes
110 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
350 minutes length
Interviewee: Schmaltz, Otto E.
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in: Cottage Grove, Washington County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 115 (Library Call Number)
AV2008.26.32 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II'