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OH021 Fritz Metzger Oral History

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Fritz Metzger Oral History

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

Series Number: OH021

Interviewee: Metzger, Fritz

Interviewer: Mark Fuller

Date interviewed: December 3, 1982

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: February 2, 2010

Description: 1 sound disc (40 minutes)

Abstract: Fritz Metzger discusses his World War I experiences. He was twenty one years old when he was drafted into an infantry unit of the 2nd Division of the United States Army. He trained at Camp Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky and later at Camp Pike in Little Rock, Arkansas. Metzger recollects the living conditions and moral of American troops on the Western Front and describes his combat experiences. He mentions contact with German troops and serving in the occupational forces in Germany when the war concluded. He offers details on the reaction of people of the signing of the Armistice. Metzger also explains why he thought the war was just, some of the benefits he received from the war and key incidents which stood out most in his mind during the war, including the battle at Belleau Wood.

Biographical / Historical note: Fritz Metzger was a resident of Paducah, Kentucky before he was drafted into the war. He trained first at Camp Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky then on to Camp Pike in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was ordered overseas and landed in Brest, France. He was sent to the front lines at Vallendar, Germany. He saw combat at the Battle at Belleau Wood. Metzger returned to Paducah after he received his discharge and worked for his father in the meat business.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Paducah, Kentucky

Camp Taylor, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Camp Pike, Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas

Brest, France

Vallendar, Germany>

Battle at Belleau Wood

Research Notes: Complete transcription included with oral history.