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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Unit of Service: 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
  • Location of Service: Parris Island, South Carolina; Quantico, Virginia; Camp Pendleton, California; Korea
  • Highest Rank: Captain

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"The experiences I had as a Marine were beneficial to my whole life." (Audio Interview, 56:12)

William Mitchel, fresh out of college in 1951, decided to enlist rather than be drafted to serve in Korea in the Army, and he wound up in the Marines, one of the few in his group of recruits to pass muster as an officer. He arrived in Korea in February 1952 and met up with the First Marine Division, which had fought their way out of the debacle at the Chosin Reservoir. Mitchel was in command of an 80-millimeter mortar battalion. Trading artillery rounds with the enemy became a daily routine; one day, Mitchel lost a number of his men when the mess tent was hit. His last act as a Marine was a visit back home with the mother of a corpsman, killed in Korea, whom he and his brother grew up with in Chicago.

William F. Mitchel Collection
Interview / Recording

Transcript: XML

About this Item

Title

  • William F. Mitchel Collection

Names

  • McCarthy, Erin
  • Mitchel, William F.
  • Eileen Walsh Grzenia
  • National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
  • Columbia College Chicago

State of Birth

  • IL

Home State

  • IL

Headings

  • -  Mitchel, William F.
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Unit of Service: 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
    • Location of Service: Parris Island, South Carolina; Quantico, Virginia; Camp Pendleton, California; Korea
    • Highest Rank: Captain
    • Dates of Service: 1951-1953
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2002)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 11/09/2006)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of audio recording (collected 04/29/2008)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 2002)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2002)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/1819

Cite as

  • William F. Mitchel Collection (AFC/2001/001/1819), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • online text

Additional Metadata Formats

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

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/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

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

Recording:

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

Photograph:

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

Computer file:

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

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), 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:

Mccarthy, Erin, William F Mitchel, Eileen Walsh Grzenia, National Court Reporters Association, and Columbia College Chicago. William F. Mitchel Collection. 1951. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01819/.

APA citation style:

McCarthy, E., Mitchel, W. F., Eileen Walsh Grzenia, National Court Reporters Association & Columbia College Chicago. (1951) William F. Mitchel Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01819/.

MLA citation style:

Mccarthy, Erin, et al. William F. Mitchel Collection. 1951. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01819/>.