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G. Vince Howell Oral History Interview, October 22, 1974

(Oral History #OH0020)

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Title: G. Vince Howell Oral History Interview
Creators: Howell, G. Vince
Lennon, Donald R.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiocasette, 2 hours, 39 pages.

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General note

1942-1945

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Repository does not own copyright to the oral history collection. Permission to cite, reproduce, or broadcast must be obtained from both the repository and the participants in the oral history, or their heirs.

Preferred Citation

G. Vince Howell Oral History Interview (#OH0020), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of G. Vince Howell

Processing Information

  • Processed by C. Carter, April 1984

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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G. Vince Howell was born in Waynesville, N.C., and attended North Carolina State College from 1939-1940. In 1942, Howell entered the U.S. Air Corps and was assigned to duty aboard B-24 bombers flying raids over Germany. His plane was shot down in April 1944 and the crew captured. Sent to the famous German POW camp, Stalag 17-B, Howell remained there for a year before being liberated during April 1945.

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In this interview Howell relates his experiences at Stalag 17-B. Descriptions of camp life include cooking facilities, bath and toilet facilities, German food rations, and general conditions. Of particular interest are contents of Red Cross parcels, trade rings between Russian and American prisoners, activities for prisoners, and radio reception by inmates. Mentioned are attempts to escape, means of communicating with friends and family in the States, and methods of punishment.

Howell also discusses briefly the end of World War II and its effect on Stalag 17-B, the former inmates' march westward, and their existence until American troops arrived.

For related material see Collection #213.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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