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Eugene Weidenbach, 2007

  • Branch of Service: US Army
  • 533rd Ordnance, Heavy Maintenance Co Tank
  • Highest Rank: T5
  • Military Service: Drafted, 1943 - 1945


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

:05 - Attack on Pearl Harbor
:31 - Drafted into the military
:48 - Basic training
1:20 - Tank Unit
2:43 - Shipped overseas
4:31 - "D" Day
7:35 - Unit shipped to France
12:31 - Most traumatic memory
14:25 - Funniest moment out in the field (wine)
18:39 - Germany surrenders
19:46 - Back in the USA

Eugene Weidenbach Obituary 

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


Images Provided by Eugene Weidenbach


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Bridge built over the Rhine River between Cologne and Düsseldorf, March 10th, 1945.


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Mobile truck shop used to fix equipment during field operations.


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Eugene Weidenbach commented, "It was not fair; why were they under the ground, and why was I standing above the ground?"

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WWII US Army Soldier, Eugene Weidenbach


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