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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: Company C, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
  • Location of Service: England; Normandy, France; Belgium; Germany; Czechoslovakia
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant

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"I traded in my walking cane for an M-1 rifle and some hand grenades." (Interview)

"I wasn't really nervous," Kenneth Delaney writes of landing on Omaha Beach, "I was just seasick." As he got off his landing craft, loaded with grenades, maps, a rifle and Bangalore torpedoes (explosive devices for removing barbed wire and other obstacles), Delaney was shot in the foot. As he watched many of the medics being killed, he managed to drag himself to safety and eventually got help. Wounded again that winter, Delaney was released from the hospital just in time to fight in the Battle of the Bulge.

Kenneth T. Delaney Collection
Interview / Recording

Transcript: XML

More Resources

[ Photocopy of company "C" roster, March 31, 1945, from the collection Kenneth Delaney. ]
[ Photocopy of award for Conspicuous Service and letter from Owen Johnson accompanying award, September 19th, 1979. ]
[ Photocopy of enlistment records and certificate of Honorable Discharge, December 4, 1945. ]
[ '"D"-Day, memoir by Kenneth T. Delaney. ]
[ Battle of the Bulge, memoir by Kenneth T. Delaney. ]

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[ V-mail from Kenneth Delaney to Irene C. Delaney, 28 December. 1943. ]
[ V-mail from Kenneth Delaney to Mr. and Mrs. Delaney, 31 January. 1944. ]
[ Letter dated "April 30" from Kenneth Delaney to "Mom and Dad" ]
[ Letter dated June 27, 1945, from Kenneth Delaney to "Mom and Dad" ]
[ Just a WAC, V-mail envelope and accompanying explanatory note by Kenneth Delaney. ]

About this Item

Title

  • Kenneth T. Delaney Collection

Names

  • Sheila Edgerton
  • National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
  • Delaney, Kenneth
  • Delaney, Kenneth T.

State of Birth

  • NY

Home State

  • CT

Headings

  • -  Delaney, Kenneth T.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: Company C, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
    • Location of Service: England; Normandy, France; Belgium; Germany; Czechoslovakia
    • Highest Rank: Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1945
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [ item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1945)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [4 items] -- (collected 1944 - 1945)
  • Photograph: Photocopy of Photographic Print [7 items] -- Photograph (collected 1945 - 1980)
  • Manuscript: Printed matter [1 item] -- (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [4 items] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2003)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [2 items] -- (collected unknown)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 2003)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Self-interview (collected 2002)
  • Manuscript: Other Manuscript Material [1 item] -- (collected 1944)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 2002)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/1930

Cite as

  • Kenneth T. Delaney Collection (AFC/2001/001/1930), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • online text

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

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/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:

Sheila Edgerton, National Court Reporters Association, Kenneth Delaney, and Kenneth T Delaney. Kenneth T. Delaney Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01930/.

APA citation style:

Sheila Edgerton, National Court Reporters Association, Delaney, K. & Delaney, K. T. (1943) Kenneth T. Delaney Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01930/.

MLA citation style:

Sheila Edgerton, et al. Kenneth T. Delaney Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.01930/>.