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Arthur VanMoorlehem, 2007 

  • Branch of Service: United States Army, Infantry
  • Highest Rank: Private
  • Military Service: Drafted, January 1944 - December 1946

Listen to the following sections by scrolling forward to the timecode.

0:00 - Drafted age 22, married with two children
1:42 - Sent to France, Battle of the Bulge - Dec 16th, captured by Germans
4:35 - Train to POW camp near Bad Orb, Germany, bad conditions, mass grave, bed bugs, lice, no bathing facilities 
6:56 - Artillery fire and liberation 
8:13 - Boat to the United States, got TB at POW camp  
11:20 - Family on the home front 
11:50 - Battle of the Bulge, division cut off - trapped, combat, his division surrendered, 
18:22 - Tried to escape instead of surrender, captured, watched Battle of the Bulge from a hill, the train hit by artillery 
21:42 - One of the worst POW camps in Germany, food, life
25:20 - Visited camp in 1990
26:10 - During basic training, I met and talked to the soldier from the book called "The Execution of Private Slovik."   
27:19 - Communication from POW camp
28:19 - Most challenging day in a POW camp
31:33 - How war changed you
33:26 - Five brothers in the war 

Arthur VanMoorlehem Obituary 

This story was recorded at an SDPB event in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Images Provided by Arthur VanMoorlehem

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Art VanMoorlehem, WWII

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WWII Medals

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Telegrams Sent to Mrs. Lucille L. VanMoorlehem

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Bronze Stars Long Overdue, Bronze Star issued May 22, 1984 (Article provided by Art Van Moorlehem)

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