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Luther Hall at time of service

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Service Unit/Ship: C Company, 370th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division
  • Location of Service: European Theater
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/4943

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"You get used to the dead. I mean, you'd be surprised at how you become immune to it." (1993 Interview, 1:05:02)

Luther Hall was drafted in February 1941 and was already a sergeant at Fort Huachuca when all the elements of the 92nd Division assembled there in late 1943. He describes several dismaying incidents of prejudice that took place when the Division went on maneuvers in the South. In Italy, the company kept losing commanders to enemy fire, and Hall was briefly put in charge at one point. One of his assignments was to keep tabs on the casualties; because replacements arrived during the night, he sometimes saw a soldier for the first time when he was already dead. He tolerated men going AWOL for a few days at a time to clear their heads, as long as they understood that time missed was time they wouldn't be paid.

Luther E. Hall Collection
Interview / Recording

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About this Item

Title

  • Luther E. Hall Collection

Names

  • Lugar, Richard
  • Hall, Luther E.
  • U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar
  • Clanin, Douglas

Home State

  • Indiana

Headings

  • -  Hall, Luther E.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Form

  • Audio Cassette

Extent

  • 2 items

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • Black or African American

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: C Company, 370th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division
    • Location of Service: European Theater
    • Dates of Service: 1941-1945
    • Entrance into Service: Drafted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [2 items] -- Oral history interview (collected 1993-11-01)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/4943

Cite as

  • Luther E. Hall Collection (AFC/2001/001/4943), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image

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Location of Service

Service Unit/Ship

Highest Rank

Service Entrance

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Gender

Race

Home State

Interviewee

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Organization/Affiliation

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

As a publicly supported institution, the Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item from the Library’s collections and for securing any necessary permissions rests with persons desiring to use the item.

Please contact us with questions.

Obtaining Copies of VHP Materials

In order for VHP materials to be duplicated, we must receive written permission from the interviewee for you to obtain a copy of the recording unless the proposed use is limited to personal use, research, or other uses permissible by copyright law. If the interviewee is deceased, their next-of-kin may grant written permission.

Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Lugar, Richard, Luther E Hall, U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar, and Douglas Clanin. Luther E. Hall Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.04943/.

APA citation style:

Lugar, R., Hall, L. E., U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar & Clanin, D. (1941) Luther E. Hall Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.04943/.

MLA citation style:

Lugar, Richard, et al. Luther E. Hall Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.04943/>.