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Webster G. Barnett oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH374

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Barnett's experiences: highest rank achieved as Buck Sergeant; arrival at Camp Hale and his impressions of deep snow, mountains, etc.; Captain Henry Brendemihl, Episcopal Priest; training and being assigned to a power and demolition squad; poverty witnessed when he arrived in Naples; Christmas communion held in an orphanage in Naples; "Bouncing Betty" minefields; time at Riva Ridge when German POWs opened fire; how different soldiers handled stress; time spent with an Italian family at Castel D'Aiano; leadership qualities of Colonel Hampton and Colonel Greene; how his Christian view gave him the strength to bear what happened; study for the ministry after discharge.


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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

Webster G. Barnett was born in Red Wing, Minn. on November 7, 1923 and enilsted in the Army at Milwaukee, Wisc. on January 14, 1943. At the time of his enlistment he was unmarried, and had completed one year of college. Barnett joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colo. where he was assigned to Company C and Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 86th Infantry Regiment. He also served at Camp Swift, Tex. and in Italy. During combat operations in Italy, Barnett was awarded the Bronze Star medal for his actions in the Apennine Mountains and the Po Valley in Spring 1945. He attained the rank of Sergeant and also received the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Mediterranean Ribbon with 3 battle stars, Victor medal, Army of Occupation and Good Conduct medals. Barnett became an Episcopal Minister and the National Chaplain for the 10th Mountain Division Associations. He died on November 30, 2010 in Bainbridge, Wash.


1 videodiscs (DVD)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Abbie Kealy;2008.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the Webster G. Barnett oral history,2005[videorecording]
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Repository Details

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

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