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Harold Hanson oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH281

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Hanson's experiences as a member of the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate): training at Camp Hale, Colo.; speaking Norwegian; being sent to Scotland in Sept. 1943; being sent to Normandy as replacements; German resistance; fighting in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany; Aachen, Germany and the discovery of gold and art treasures in the Merkers salt mine; Paris, France; travel to Oslo, Norway from La Havre, France.


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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

Harold Hanson was born in N.D. in 1920 and elisted in the Army on November 4, 1942 at Portland, Or. At the time of enlistment he was unmarried, had completed four years of high school, living in Multnomah County, Wash., and working in a planing mill. Hanson was not a member of the 10th Mountain Division, but joined the 99th Infantry Battalionn (Separate) as a member of Company A. The 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) was a battalion made up of 1,001 Norwegian nationals and American-born Norwegians. It was called the Viking Battalion and was constituted and organized at Camp Ripley, Minn. in 1942. Members of the 99th trained at Camp Hale, Colo. along with the soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division.


1 videodiscs (DVD)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Harold Hanson;2007.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the Harold Hanson 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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