William A. Farrow Jr. oral history
Scope and Contents
The interview provides information and Farrow's personal observations about being a high school skier in SW Colo. who signed up for the Army Specialized Training Program at Camp Walter, Tex. so he could train to be an engineer. The program was soon canceled after his arrival and Farrow requested that he join the 10th Mountain Division. He discusses his training at Camp Hale, first in the machine squad, later as a radioman, before being switched to working with the animal section. Farrow left for Italy aboard the USS America and was assigned to a unit that replaced Brazilian troops at Riva Ridge. He considers himself fortunate to have worked as a liaison with adjacent troops and was only in the line of fire once. Farrow was at Lake Garda when WWII ended, and during his return to the US, remembers atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.
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Material is in English unless otherwise noted.
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Biographical / Historical
William A. "Bill" Farrow Jr. was born in Denver, Colo. on March 8, 1925 and enlisted in the Army on May 22, 1943 at Denver, Colo. At the time of enlistment he was unmarried, had completed four years of high school, and working as a tinsmith. Farrow joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colo., where he was assigned to Headquarters Company of the 85th Infantry Regiment , but later also served with Company E of the Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion; and Company E of the 85th Infantry Regiment. He was also stationed at Camp Swift, Tex. before being deployed to Italy. Farrow was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his actions near Campidello on March 5, 1945. He attained the rank of Private First Class.
1 videodiscs (DVD)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift;William A. Farrow Jr.2007.
Produced as part of the Western History/Genealogy Dept. Oral History Project. (if applicable, check inventory)
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Forms part of the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.
- Camp Hale (Colo.) -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Camp Swift (Tex.) -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- DVDs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Farrow, William A. Jr., 1925- -- Interviews.
- Military maneuvers -- Cold weather conditions. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mini-DV Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Oral histories (document genres) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Ski troops -- History -- Interviews. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Soldiers -- United States -- Interviews. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Army. Mountain Division, 10th -- Interviews.
- United States. Army. Mountain Infantry Regiment, 85th -- Interviews.
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Finding Aid for the William A. Farrow Jr. oral history,2007[videorecording]
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