This collection consists of an interview with George Michaud of Fort Kent, Maine, conducted by Robert Plourde. In the interview, Michaud discusses his basic training and active service experiences (1943-1946) as a combat engineer attached to the United States Army 166
th Engineer Combat Battalion, which served under General George Patton in the European Theater in France, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Austria, And Germany. He discusses his combat engineer duties, which included mine detection, bridge construction, shooting down enemy aircraft, and fighting with the infantry. He discusses weapons used by his unit, food rations, sleeping in “fox holes,” landing at Le Havre, France under enemy fire, and his combat engineer training. Michaud comments on the leadership style of his commanding officer, General George Patton, and discusses his own hospitalization in Nuremberg, Germany at the end of WWII, being discharged on the “point system,” care of the wounded and burial of the dead during combat, draft evasion during WWII and during the Vietnam era, coping with death during the war with shell shock following the war, employment immediately following his discharge, and Army benefits to returning veterans.