John Conaghan Interview, August 17, 1986

Title

John Conaghan Interview, August 17, 1986

Interviewee

John Conaghan

Interviewer

Charles Milo McLeod

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Description

John Conaghan discusses his military training and career. He talks about working on a searchlight crew before he volunteered for the First Special Service Force during World War Two. He talks about his Force training in Helena, Montana, and the pay he received for being jump certified. Conaghan discusses the bond between Force members and describes his combat experience. He recalls working communication during the invasion of Southern France and finding Champagne and Cognac hidden in haystacks around the French countryside. Conaghan also talks about the different types of weapons that he was trained on and carried during the war, and he describes getting hit by a mortar that was thrown by German troops. He recalls how the members of the Force felt when the unit was disbanded and talks about how they are still actively engaged by attending reunions each year.

The audio and transcript for this interview are not yet available. Please contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.

Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

World War, 1939-1945; First Special Service Force; Canadian military; U.S. military; Hand-to-hand combat; Military training; Battle of Anzio; Fort Harrison, Montana; Camp Borden, Ontario, Canada; Anzio, Italy; Frederick, General Robert T.; Military, specialized missions; U.S. military servicemen; Canadian military servicemen

Original Date

8-17-1986

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

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

Rights

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 151-007

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog

John Conaghan Interview, August 17, 1986

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