Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: C Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
  • Location of Service: Camp Livingston, Louisiana; Fort Benning, Georgia; England; Normandy, France; Holland; Bastogne, Belgium; Germany
  • Highest Rank: Captain

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"I thought that I was the only GI to land on the coast of Normandy." (Audio interview, 15:16)

When paratrooper Albert Hassenzahl landed in France in the early morning darkness of June 6, 1944, he wasn't alone. But for a moment, with no one--friend or foe--visible, it did seem that way. He was wounded a short time later and evacuated, but he returned to Europe to participate in the Market Garden operation and the Battle of the Bulge. Hassenzahl recorded his war memories years later, alone in his study, after a younger neighbor's casual remark prompted him to realize the historical importance of what he had experienced.

Albert M. Hassenzahl Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Albert M. Hassenzahl Collection

Names

  • Hassenzahl, Albert M.
  • National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
  • University of Toledo
  • Fisher, Andrew
  • Marie Schroeder

State of Birth

  • OH

Home State

  • OH

Headings

  • -  Hassenzahl, Albert M.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

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

Race

  • White

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: C Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
    • Location of Service: Camp Livingston, Louisiana; Fort Benning, Georgia; England; Normandy, France; Holland; Bastogne, Belgium; Germany
    • Highest Rank: Captain
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1945
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected unknown)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [2 items] -- Reference copy (collected 12/30/2004)
  • Audio: CD [2 items] -- Reference copy (collected unknown)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [3 items] -- Photograph (collected 1898 - [2004])
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 3/20/2006)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 7/3/2006)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of audio recording (collected 07/03/2006)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/5222

Cite as

  • Albert M. Hassenzahl Collection (AFC/2001/001/5222), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • pdf

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.

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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:

Hassenzahl, Albert M, National Court Reporters Association, University Of Toledo, Andrew Fisher, and Marie Schroeder. Albert M. Hassenzahl Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05222/.

APA citation style:

Hassenzahl, A. M., National Court Reporters Association, University Of Toledo, Fisher, A. & Marie Schroeder. (1942) Albert M. Hassenzahl Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05222/.

MLA citation style:

Hassenzahl, Albert M, et al. Albert M. Hassenzahl Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05222/>.