Herb Goodwin Interview, March 28, 1985


Herb Goodwin


Charles Milo McLeod



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Herb Goodwin discusses his World War Two Service in the U.S. Army’s First Special Service Force, fighting in Italy and southern France from 1943 to 1944. He recalls training in the U.S. at various forts around the country, and leading an invasion on the Alaskan island of Kiska. Goodwin recalls the Force’s first official combat mission, Monte La Difensa, near Monte Cassino, Italy, before moving on to Anzio, Italy, and then on to southern France. He discusses the troops’ viewpoint on German forces, and racism in the Force, especially on the part of troops from the southern United States. Goodwin discusses U.S. armed forces recruitment from the southern United States, and the breakup of the First Special Service Force in 1944.


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Document Type

Oral History


World War, 1939-1945; Fort Harrison, Montana; Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont; Angel Island; Aleutian Islands; Glass, Joe; Camp Stoneman; Monte La Difensa; Monte Cassino; Anzio, Italy; Frederick, General Robert T.; Kiska, Alaska; First Special Service Force; Military, specialized missions; U.S. military servicemen

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

First Special Service Force Oral History Project, OH 151, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 151-002, 003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:17:50 minutes

Local Filename

OH_151_002_003.mp3; OH_151_002_003.pdf

Herb Goodwin Interview, March 28, 1985