This collection contains audio recordings and transcript of an interview conducted in 2011 between John Epps Teel and his son, John R. Teel discussing John Epps Teel’s involvement in World War II. Topics discussed in the interview include Teel’s first knowledge of the war, basic training experiences, crossing of the Atlantic Ocean and the Utah Beach landing. Specific battles and maneuvers discussed include the Battle of Normandy (June 6-July 27, 1944), the Break Through (August 1-10 1944), Falaise Gap (August 10-22, 1944), the Reims (August 23-31, 1944), Reims to Thionville, to Metz (September-November 1944), Drive to the Saar/ Saar Crossing/Bronze Star Event (September-December 1944), The Battle of the Bulge, Siegfried Line (February-March 19450, from Moselle to Rhine (Mar 12-23, 1945), from Rhine River to Main River (Mar 23-31, 1945), Germany Splitting (Apr 1-18, 1945), Advance to Bavaria Aprils 6-May 20, 1945, the end of the war and his return home.
Also included are copies of several submission forms for material sent to the Library of Congress to include in their American Folklife Center’s Veterans Historic Project, Teel’s Order to Report for Induction, Award of Bronze Star, official honorable discharge, enlistment records and separation qualification record papers. In addition is a photograph of Teel in uniform dated 1944.