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Merle Eng, 2007 

  • Branch of Service: United States Army
  • Military Service: May 1944 - November 1945
  • Highest Rank: Private 1st Class

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

:00 - Drafted at 33 years of age
2:05 - Digging fox holes 
2:56 - Describes battles 
5:25 - 21 days to go overseas in convoy
6:09 - Life in Italy during war
7:14 - Fighting front-lines 
8:40 - Feeling of coming home
8:59 - Views of enemies and how the war affected life when returned 
11:49 - Kept a daily diary 
12:38 - C-rations and life after war

Merle Eng Obituary 

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

Image Provided by Merle Eng

Handwritten History of Military Service (Provided by Merle Eng)

Transcribed History of Military Service (Provided by Merle Eng)

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