0:03 - Interview Introduction

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Partial Transcript:I'm Col. Arthur L. Kelly. I'm in Shellbyville, Kentucky, in the home of Dr. Willis P. McKee.

Segment Synopsis: Col. Arthur Kelly introduces Dr. Willis P. McKee, a World War II Veteran. He served as a captain with the 326th Airborne Medical Company in Normandy and Market Garden.

Keywords: 101st Division; 326th Airborne Medical Company; Bastogne; France; Market Garden Campaigns; Normandy; Shelbyville(KY.); WWII

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0:42 - D-3

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Partial Transcript:Let's Start at D-Day, minus 3 in England and talk about what you were doing.

Segment Synopsis: Dr. McKee talks about his preparation in England three days before the D-Day invasion. He talks about where he set up his aid station and his gathering supplies for the invasion.

Keywords: D-Day; Healthcare; Medications; Normandy invasion

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13:06 - Landing in Normandy

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Partial Transcript:They put you in the fence and they say you're going to land in Normandy and they start showing you Mark-ups and so on and so forth...

Segment Synopsis: He describes his journey to Normandy and how everyone was feeling as they approached their drop zones.

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24:29 - Setting Aid Stations

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Segment Synopsis: Dr. McKee discusses his entire first day in Normandy,- picking up casualties and people in his company who were injured during the drop and setting up aid stations.

Keywords: casualties; Normandy(France); War Injuries

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34:29 - Action at Normandy

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Partial Transcript:...but it was enormous, it really was like a fireworks show.

Segment Synopsis: He describes the action at Normandy as he saw it as thunderous- like a fireworks show- as the ships were moving in.

Keywords: D-Day; Normandy(France); War Ships

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39:02 - Incoming Casualties

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Partial Transcript:The flow of the casualties and the process of the casualties, can you comment on that?

Segment Synopsis: He talks about how they processed and treated each casualty, the quantity they received and how successful they were at treating them. He tells of their evacuating to a new aid station, having a captured German medical platoon help in the station and the Japanese bombing near the Chateau.

Keywords: casualties; German medical platoons; Healthcare; Japanese Imperial Army

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53:21 - General Grange

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Partial Transcript:on the invasion, we're going jump into Market Garden here in a few minutes...

Segment Synopsis: He talks about the unusual stories heard in the camps throughout France. He did not have much action within his platoon because they were out of operation. He also talks about General Grange and how he grew to know him personally.

Keywords: France; General David Grange

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58:55 - Social Life in England

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Partial Transcript:Tell me about your social life now in England during this period.

Segment Synopsis: Dr. McKee describes his social life overseas and his platoon. He also tells of how he made friends with the British people.

Keywords: civilians; England; Friendliness of communities

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62:11 - V-2 Bombings

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Partial Transcript:Are you gonna see any of the V-2 rockets and see the results of them or hear them come over, any of that sort of thing?

Segment Synopsis: He discusses the V-2 bombers, describes the sound of the bombs and the damage they caused when used.

Keywords: bomb attacks; Bomb explosions; V-2 Bombers

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66:52 - Market Garden

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Segment Synopsis: He talks about the training for the Market Garden campaigns, what Market Garden consisted of, and everything leading up to Market Garden.

Keywords: Airborne Operations; Germany; Market Garden Campaigns

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92:49 - German Attacks

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Partial Transcript:As time goes on and the Germans are reinforcing and counter attacking and casualties are increasing, describe that...

Segment Synopsis: Dr. McKee describes the German attacks and how many casualties and wounded soldiers there were as a result.

Keywords: Casualties; German Attacks; War Injuries

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102:03 - Wrapping Up Market Garden

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Partial Transcript:The only relieving feature was that they issued an ounce of rum per week for every man in the division..

Segment Synopsis: They discuss alcoholism amongst the soldiers and how some fought battles drunk, how they worked with the British soldiers and how the thought of their families kept them moving. He also mentions capturing Germans in Bastogne as he gives his last thoughts on the Market Garden campaigns.

Keywords: Alcoholism; Bastogne; British Soldiers; Germans; Market Garden Campaigns

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106:14 - Bastogne

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Partial Transcript:December 19th comes along and the Bulge explodes. Tell us what y'all are gonna do now.

Segment Synopsis: He describes what he was doing at the time of the Battle of the Bulge after the Market Garden Operation, and moving to Bastogne after the Bulge started.

Keywords: Bastogne; Battle of the Bulge

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112:38 - Captured

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Partial Transcript:Where were you captured?

Segment Synopsis: He gives details about being captured in Bastogne by the Germans. He also talks about a soldier in his company who was Jewish and was worried when they got captured and how they walked to the prison camp.

Keywords: Bastogne; Germans; Holocaust; war captures

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137:15 - Stalag IV-B Prison Camp

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Partial Transcript:We ended up at Stalag VI-B.

Segment Synopsis: He mentions the Holocaust and one of the Jewish doctors in his unit who ended up in the camp. He describes the barracks.

Keywords: Leipzig Wahren; Stalag IV-B Prison Camp

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144:31 - Working in Leipzig Wahren

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Partial Transcript:You said they had a hard time.

Segment Synopsis: They talk about the character of the Russian soldiers, working in a hospital and what it was like working there.

Keywords: Health Issues; Healthcare; Hospitals; Russian Soldiers

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161:58 - Penicillin and Health Deterioration

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Partial Transcript:I told them I had gotten this penicillin and I told them what I would like to do is the next American to come in...

Segment Synopsis: He mentions using penicillin for the first time to treat pneumonia and the deaths that took place in the Stalag IV-B camp. He also tells how prisoners managed to stay informed about the war and how they satisfied their hunger.

Keywords: Death; Medications; Pneumonia; Stalag IV-B Prison Camp

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167:21 - Life at Stalag VI-B

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Partial Transcript:You mentioned that a lot of them were coming in there- were they coming in from the Bulge?

Segment Synopsis: He describes what life was like at the Stalag IV-B prison camp, how they were treated by their captors, their food parcels and the poor nutrition the prisoners suffered from. In addition, he also talks about working in the hospital in Leipzig Wahren, treating prisoners of war.

Keywords: Hospitals; Leipzig Wahren; Prison camps; Prisoners of War (POW); Stalag IV-B

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177:19 - Bombing of Leipzing Wahren and Liberation

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Partial Transcript:Leipzig was a most heavily a-fortified anti-aircraft of any city in Germany.

Segment Synopsis: Dr. McKee recalls the bombing of Leipzig Wahren and being liberated by the Americans. He also mentions the ride to Paris.

Keywords: Bomb attacks; Germany; Leipzig Wahren; Liberation; Paris(France)

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196:09 - Paris and Buchenwald

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Partial Transcript:We want to drive to Paris.

Segment Synopsis: He talks about going up to Paris and why he went. He also discusses meeting up with former prisoners from Buchenwald and Camp Lucky Strike.

Keywords: Buchenwald Concentration Camp; Paris(France); Weimar(Germany)

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