Arthur VanMoorlehem, 2007
- Branch of Service: United States Army, Infantry
- Highest Rank: Private
- Military Service: Drafted, January 1944 - December 1946
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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.