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Peggy Henry, during World War II

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Location of Service: England; France; Luxembourg; Belgium; Germany; England; France; Luxembourg; Belgium; Germany
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/1768

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"How did I feel through all of this? Scared to death, naturally... but equally determined not to let the men know how frightened I really was. Since then I've suspected that much bravery is enhanced by the knowledge that others are watching to see how you do react!" The Ardennes Revisited, page 5

Shortly after arriving in Luxembourg late in 1944, Red Cross worker Peggy Henry was plunged into a harrowing story of survival. The day the Battle of the Bulge began, Henry hung out a sign at her club, "Sure, We're Open." But she and two local women who worked with her had to flee the advancing German army under cover of darkness. In 1947, President Truman signed the document accompanying her Bronze Star, a unique circumstance for this civilian's award for her selfless devotion to raising the morale of American GIs.

[ Memoirs: "The Ardennes Revisited 1944-1994" ]

About this Item

Title

  • Margaret Fleming Collection

Names

  • Fleming, Margaret Henry
  • Fleming, Margaret

Home State

  • Ohio

Headings

  • -  Fleming, Margaret
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  American Red Cross -- Personal Narratives

Form

  • Memoir

Extent

  • 1 item

Repository

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

Gender

  • Female

Status

  • civilian

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Location of Service: England; France; Luxembourg; Belgium; Germany; England; France; Luxembourg; Belgium; Germany
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1945
    • Military Status: civilian
    • Service History Note: Fleming was assigned to Red Cross Clubmobile Group F from 10/1943 to 10/1945. She served in support of troops overseas driving supply trucks and delivering food supplies.

Materials

  • Manuscript: Memoir [1 item] -- (collected unknown)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/1768

Cite as

  • Margaret Fleming Collection (AFC/2001/001/1768), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Wars & Conflicts

Location of Service

Highest Rank

Discharge Status

Gender

Home State

Interviewee

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.

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Citing VHP Materials

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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:

Fleming, Margaret Henry, and Margaret Fleming. Margaret Fleming Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01768/.

APA citation style:

Fleming, M. H. & Fleming, M. (1943) Margaret Fleming Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01768/.

MLA citation style:

Fleming, Margaret Henry, and Margaret Fleming. Margaret Fleming Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01768/>.