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Wally Barkeen oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH259

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Barkeen's service at Ft. Lewis, Wa. and his interview for the 87th Mountain Infantry; his time as a Company Commander at Camp Hale; training programs he developed for officers and enlisted men; after arriving in Italy about his transfer from the 10th Mountain Division to HQ of the 6th Army; time in Southern France working the war room at Heidelberg when Germany surrendered; later service as Battery Commander at the American University in England; memories of his family life in Buena Vista while being stationed at Camp Hale .


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Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Wallace I. "Wally" Barkeen was born on May 23, 1912 in Denver, Colo. and attended Colorado State University where he recieved a BS degree in horticulture. Barkeen was commissioned an officer through the Army ROTC program at the University of Oklahoma in 1940. He arrived at Camp Hale, Colo. on January 6, 1943 where he commanded Companies B and C of the 85th Infantry Regiment and later served as the Regiment's Operations Officer. Barkeen retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1960. He died in Denver, Colo. on December 4, 2010.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Wally Barkeen;2007.


Produced as part of the Western History/Genealogy Dept. Oral History Project. (if applicable, check inventory)

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

Finding Aid for the Wally Barkeen oral history,2007[videorecording]
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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Denver CO 80204 United States