2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

On and Off the Battlefield: Camaraderie Between American Servicemen Fighting in World War II
Mary Catherine McElhone
Dr. Jeff Gall and Dr. Thomas Zoumaras, Faculty Mentors

The men who fought for the United States of America in World War II came from many backgrounds. Despite this and the looming threat of death the men faced everyday they managed to create close and long-lasting friendships in the course of their military service as illustrated by Stephen Ambroses Band of Brothers. Utilizing their numerous memoires and oral interviews, this project is an in-depth case study into the friendships that developed between the American servicemen who fought in World War II. Drawing upon primary source materials such as oral interviews from The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at The Library of Congress and articles collected from newspapers such as The New York Times and The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, this project also delves into the support the serviceman received from those on the home front and how this support translated into the men leading successful lives post-war.

Keywords: World War II, American Soldiers , Band of Brothers, Oral History

Topic(s):History Senior Seminar
History

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 101-5
Location: MG 2001
Time: 9:00

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