Betty Sibley Interview, August 17, 1986


Betty Sibley


Claire Rhein



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Betty Sibley explains what it was like to be the wife of a First Special Service Force Member. She talks about marrying her husband Harold Sibley before he volunteered for the Force and describes the dynamics of their relationship during his 39-month deployment. Sibley shares stories about her husband’s combat experience as well as her own experiences during the war. She talks about physiological affects the war had on her husband and how it has changed over time. Sibley recalls going to the Devils Brigade movie premiere and mentions the many First Special Service Force reunions she and her husband have attended.


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Document Type

Oral History


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; Anzio, Italy; Monte La Difensa; Frederick, General Robert T.; Military, specialized missions; U.S. military servicemen; Canadian military servicemen; Sibley, Howard; Devil’s Brigade; Robertson, Cliff; Military wives; First Special Service Force reunions

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 /

Oral History Number

OH 151-010

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:38:55 minutes

Local Filename

OH_151_010.mp3; OH_151_010.pdf

Betty Sibley Interview, August 17, 1986