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Robert Barrett Gruen Collection

Robert Barrett Gruen Collection

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Robert Barrett Gruen
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Home State:

War or Conflict
World War, 1939-1945
Military Status
Dates of Service
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
207th Coast Artillery Anti-Aircraft; 3rd Battalion, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division; Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Location of Service
Camp Stewart, Georgia; Washington, DC; Camp Davis, North Carolina; Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; Fort Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan; Fort Sheridan, Illinois; Southampton, England; Dijon, France; Le Havre, France; Liege, Belgium; Rhine River, Germany; Ruhr River, Germany; Holland
Highest Rank
Prisoner of War
Service History Note
The veteran also served in the Medical Administrative Corps. He joined the 7th Regiment of the National Guard in 11/1940. When the Guard was nationalized in 02/1941, he left for Camp Stewart, Georgia. After maneuvers in North Carolina in the fall he was transferred to the 85th Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) from the 207th CAAA. In 11/1942, he attended Officer Candidate School in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. When he was commissioned in January, he was assigned to a Reception Center at Fort Custer in Battle Creek, Michigan which was then moved to Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He then spent time in England and Belgium before being assigned to the 30th Division which took him across the Rhine River and up to the Ruhr River where he was hospitalized for a serious arm infection. Served with a medical supply depot in Liege, Belgium. He was shipped home when the war ended traveling through Le Havre, France and Southampton, England and discharged in 2/1946.

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Type of Resource:
Photograph: Original photographic print [1 item] -- Portrait
Video: Hi-8/Digital 8 [1 item] -- Oral history interview
Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [3 items] -- Typewritten document
Kathy Abey
Wayne Gilchrest
Contributor Affiliation/Organization:
U.S. House of Representatives/Wayne Gilchrest
Collection #:
Gruen, Robert Barrett
World War, 1939-1945--Personal Narratives
United States. Army.
Cite as:
Robert Barrett Gruen Collection
(AFC/2001/001/31401), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress


Last Edit: 2022-04-18


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