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William J. Speirs oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH351

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Speirs' experiences: contracting yellow fever at Ft. Lewis, Wash.; digging a trench from the Apennines to Lake Garda; being a mail clerk; being at a farmhouse when it was being shelled; 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

William J. Speirs was born in Bellingham, Wash. on march 29, 1917 and enlisted in the Army on March 24, 1941 at Tacoma, Wash. He was initially assigned to the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Benning, Ga., but later volunteered for what would become the 10th Mountain Division. Speirs was assigned to Company G of the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash. and participated in manuevers at Jolon, Calif. in 1942 before coming to Camp Hale, Colo. In mid-1943, he trained at Fort Ord, Calif. for the invasion of Kiska Island, Alaska and participated in the landings on August 15, 1943. Speirs also served at Camp Swift, Tex., Camp Carson, Colo., and in Italy.


1 videodiscs (DVD)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Abbie Kealy;n.d.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the William J. Speirs oral history,2003[videorecording]
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Repository Details

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

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