Interview with James C. Phelps, February 27, 1985

Project: American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project

Interview Summary

James C. Phelps volunteered for the Army and served as a platoon leader in the 12th Armored ("Hellcat") Division. He first encountered enemy fire on the Maginot Line in Alsace, and was later involved in several battles to secure the Alsatian town of Herrlisheim. Phelps spends most of his interview discussing his efforts in Herrlisheim, for which he received a Bronze Star and a battlefield commission. He briefly mentions battles in Saarbrucken and the Colmar Pocket, then describes leading the Third Army to the Rhine River. He was in Germany near the end of the war, and remarks on the friendliness of German civilians and the horrors of the Dachau concentration camp.

Interview Accession

1985oh052_ww001

Interviewee Name

James C. Phelps

Interviewer Name

Arthur L. Kelly

Interview Date

1985-02-27

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Phelps, James C. Interview by Arthur L. Kelly. 27 Feb. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Phelps, J.C. (1985, February 27). Interview by A. L. Kelly. American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Phelps, James C., interview by Arthur L. Kelly. February 27, 1985, American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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