WWII veteran oral histories on Centre Point

Veteran Albert Wess discusses discrimination in the Army on Ep. 2, Pt. 1 of new Centre Point podcast series

Posted by Centre News in History, News 23 Jan 2017

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A new series of the Centre Point podcast features oral histories collected by Centre College students who took the course “America in the World Wars” with Assistant Professor of History Sara Egge.

In Part 1 of Episode 2, Army veteran Albert Wess is interviewed by Adeel Ahmed ’18 and discusses being part of the Red Ball Express, a famed Army unit that ran supplies to the front lines in Europe, as well as the discrimination he faced as an African-American serviceman during World War II. The second and third parts of Wess’ oral history will be posted over the next few days.

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Above: During World War II, Centre College answered the call of duty by serving as a training site for the Army Air Corps’ 20th College Training Detachment (1943-44). Trainees seen here participated in exercises.

January 23, 2017