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OH149 L. K. Pinkley Oral History

L. K. Pinkley Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – World War II

Series Number: OH149

Interviewee: Pinkley, L. K.

Interviewer: Elliott, David

Date interviewed: May 4, 1982

Processed by: Benjamin J. Drake

Date processed: November 4, 2011

Description: 1 sound disc (21 minutes)

Abstract: L. K. Pinkley details his experiences during the Second World War. He begins by describing his family background, being drafted into the United States Army and his military assignments. The interview mainly focuses upon his capture during the Battle of the Bulge and imprisonment by the Germans. He describes life as a prisoner of war in Germany and concludes with the liberation of the prison camp on March 30, 1945.

Biographical / Historical note: L. K. Pinkley was born in Buena Vista, Carroll County, Tennessee. His family moved to the Jackson Purchase area of Kentucky in 1934. Prior to the Second World War, he worked as a sales representative for the Davison Chemical Corporation in Nashville, Tennessee. He was drafted in 1943 and assigned to the 106th Infantry Division at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was ordered to Europe in 1944 and was present at the Battle of the Bulge, where he was captured by the Germans under the command of Field Marshall Gerd von Rundstedt. He was a prisoner at Stalag IX-B, Bad Orb for a month before being sent to Stalag IX-A, Ziegenhain. He was liberated by the 65th Infantry Division accompanied by the 6th Armored Division on March 30, 1945. He was then taken to Camp Lucky Strike, Janville, France and arrived back in the United States on May 13, 1945.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Elliott, David

Soldiers – Kentucky.

World War, 1939-1945 – Personal narratives, American.

United States. Army. Infantry Division, 106th.

Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945.

Prisoners of war – Germany – History.

Fort Jackson (S.C.)

Camp Lucky Strike (Janville, France)

Carroll County (Tenn.)