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Val Appel oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH257

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and Appel's personal observations about being wounded during basic training in S.C. and talks about his mule packing efforts at Camp Swift. He was shipped out to Camp Patrick Henry before boarding the SS West Point. Appel also discusses being wounded at Mt. Belvedere, and his travels to Germany at the end of the war.


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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

Valentine "Val" Appel was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on Febuary 13, 1926 and joined the enlisted reserve after graduating from High School and with the understanding he would be assigned to the mountain troops. He received his basic training at Camp Croft, S.C. before joining the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Swift, Tex. Appel was assigned to Company L of the 85th Infantry Regiment. During combat operations in Italy he was wounded in action and received a Bronze Star Medal for his actions during the Mt. Belvedere on February 20, 1945. He attained the rank of Private First Class.


1 videodiscs (DVD)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Valentine Appel;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 Val Appel 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