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Robert Plourde oral history with George Michaud Edit




  • 1943-1946 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 1991-03 (Other)


  • 1.00 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    1 audio cassette

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  • Biographical Information

    Mr. George Michaud was born June 16, 1911 in St. Francis, Maine, the son of Simon and Christina Jandreau Michaud. He married Juliette B. Pelletier on October 21, 1940. He worked for a Colt munitions factory in Hartford, Connecticut, until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He entered military service in June 1943 and after completing a year of basic training as a combat engineer, was attached to the 166 th Engineer Combat Battalion. He served in the European Theater in France, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Austria, and Germany. Following his discharge in December 1946, he returned to Connecticut. Michaud died on February 8, 1995. No biographical information for Robert Plourde is available.Note written by Lisa Ornstein
  • Scope and Contents

    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.
  • Language of Materials

    Collection materials are in English and French.
  • Technical Access Requirements

    An audiocassette player is required to access this collection.
  • Restrictions

    No restrictions on access.
  • Copyright

    Copyright has been assigned to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes
  • Preferred Citation

    Robert Plourde oral history with George Michaud, MCC-00068, Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes, University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • Source of Acquisition

    Material was acquired from Roger Paradis
  • Custodial History

    Robert Plourde created this sound recording as an assignment for a University of Maine at Fort Kent Fall semester 1987 course entitled History 353: History of Maine. The recording was initially submitted to Professor Roger Paradis in the Fall 1987, and was brought to the Archives in March 1991. Creator signed Deed of Gift on March 21, 1992.

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