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OH003 Frank Caldwell Oral History

Frank Caldwell Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - World War I

Series Number: OH003

Interviewee: Caldwell, Frank, 1896-

Interviewer: Bill Peyton

Date interviewed: September 21, 1979

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: January 14, 2009

Description: 2 sound discs (1 hour, 23 minutes)

Abstract: Frank Caldwell discusses his experiences during the First World War. He describes basic training camps, the condition of France and the French people during the war and the outbreak of spinal meningitis. Caldwell mentions the feelings toward Americans at home and his feelings after the war. He also describes the flood of Paducah, Kentucky in 1937.

Biographical / Historical note: Frank Caldwell was born in 1896 in McCracken County, Kentucky. His father, Chris Caldwell, was a sharecropper in Ballard County, Kentucky. He was drafted into the service on July 29, 1919. He went to Camp Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. He was one of the first in the 801 Division. He went from Camp Taylor to New Jersey then on to New York. He later boarded a ship that landed in Brest, France.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

World War I

Caldwell, Frank

Camp Taylor

Louisville, Kentucky

New Jersey

New York

Brest, France

Research Notes: Not applicable.