Oral Histories – Patrice

Walter Patrice – WWII Veteran

“The thing that amazes me is that most guys [who served under me] had never been away from home. Never. And I never heard one of them say: ‘when are we going home, when are we getting out of here’? And all of the V-mails they sent, I never saw any that said I am so sick of this stuff [and want to go home].“

“It was much more difficult functioning in the U.S. than it was in Europe. You know you could run and hide from rockets coming out of Aachen, Germany. But you couldn’t run and hide from the kind of verbal abuse you got in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi.“

Walter Patrice in an interview with Maria Höhn, Poughkeepsie, 2010

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