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Ed McCasland oral history interview, part 2 of 3, June 23, 2008
McCasland talks about receiving his assignment in Iran. He discusses joining the 36th division overseas. He describes his first combat experience. He also describes his travel through Italy. He explains how GI's have more ingenuity than German soldiers. He talks about the Battle of Rapido River. He discusses his experiences in Leghorn, Italy. He describes his travel through France. He talks about being a forward observer. He describes his days as a Prisoner of War. He explains how he escaped from his captors. McCasland explains how he found his division again. He discusses his first injury. He briefly explains the difference between fighting in Ital and France if any. He talks about the horrors of war and mental health. He describes his second and third injuries. He talks about the rescue of the Lost Battalion. He explains how he received a Silver Star. He talks about the Disabled Soldier Act and his civilian service in South Korea. He discusses his discharge. He explains how he communicated with his wife while he was overseas.
Oral History Item Type Metadata
Date of Birth
1920 Nov 30
Location of Birth
War or Conflict
Unit of Service
McCasland, Ed: narrator, Horsting, Robert: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Ed McCasland oral history interview, part 2 of 3, June 23, 2008,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 25, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1055801.