From 1941 to 1945, the United States engaged in a global conflict that witnessed the mobilization of more than 100 million military personnel and during which more than 70 million people were killed. The following audio clips capture WWII experiences from service life and the home front, to VJ Day and VE Day. These are just a few excerpts from the many oral history interviews available to the public during open hours at the Scott County Historical Society. For more information, or to access the entire oral history collection, contact Tyler Kinsella at 952.445.0378, or send an email.
Branch of service:?ArmyingLocation served:?Europe
Wilbert Busch was born on June 5th, 1921. He was living at home on his parents? farm near St. Benedict when he was drafted in August of 1942. Wilbert left the farm on September 19, 1942, when 32 other Scott County draftees took two Greyhound buses to Fort Snelling. He served with the Thunderbolt Division, the 83rd Division, 330th Company, fighting through France, Luxembourg and Germany. The plan was for the Russians and Allied forces to meet at the Elbe River. This is the same time as Germany’s surrender. In this audio clip, Wilbert talks about the meeting up at the Elbe.
Excerpt transcript:?”The Russians came from the other side. We were about 30 miles from Berlin. That was all so quiet because the Germans were so anxious to give up. They were comin’ all over, just give up. The Russians came from that side. The Germans don’t want to see Russians. They’re tougher than hell. They rather come to the United States and surrender. That’s why we had so many of them. Twenty thousand of them that got captured, they all give up at once.”[/stextbox]