Charles Milo McLeod
Frank Kessinger discusses his military service and how he came to be part of the First Special Service Force during World War II. He talks about volunteering for the Force and the rigorous training in hand-to-hand combat, mountain climbing, skiing, vehicle operations, and weapons that he received. He offers insights into what it was like to be a medic in the First Special Service Force and talks about being wounded multiple times in battle. Kessinger discusses the various campaigns that the force was involved in in Italy, North Africa, Southern France, and islands in the Pacific. He also talks about being transferred to the 101st Airborne after the Force was disbanded and talks about being involved in the invasion of Bastogne. He discusses the heroic actions of many force members and talks about the mental and physical toll that constant fighting took on many soldiers.
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; Military, specialized missions; U.S. military servicemen; Canadian military servicemen; Goodwin, Herb; Glass, Joe; Free French Resistance Movement; 101st Airborne Division; McAuliffe, Anthony; Battle of the Bulge; Bastogne, Belgium
First Special Service Force Oral History Project, OH 151, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (31 p.: 28 cm.)
Kessinger, Frank, "Frank Kessinger Interview, August 15, 1986" (1986). First Special Service Force Oral History Project. 8.