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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 42nd Infantry Division
  • Location of Service: Creston, Iowa; Mexican border; France; Germany; Texas
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant

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"I apologize for a rather unpleasant war story, but let me assure you, there is nothing pleasant about war in any shape or manner and I hope that nobody will ever see another one and here we are in the midst of having them killed over there in Vietnam right now..." (Audio Recording, 53:34)

After serving in the Iowa National Guard, Arnold Hoke joined the US Army in 1917. In 1971, he and his wife, Clara Hoke, who is also in our World War I feature, sat down to record their memories of the Great War. Like so many others, Arnold Hoke was thrust into trench warfare in France with little knowledge of what to expect, and initially without a weapon. He saw every major battle that the Army participated in during WWI, and his straightforward descriptions of the trenches, and the men lost, and the randomness of who lived and who died, are a timely reminder of the true cost of war.

Arnold Stephen Hoke Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Arnold Stephen Hoke Collection

Names

  • Hoke, Arnold Stephen
  • Munson-Siter, Patricia

State of Birth

  • IA

Home State

  • CA

Headings

  • -  Hoke, Arnold Stephen
  • -  World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1914-1918

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 42nd Infantry Division
    • Location of Service: Creston, Iowa; Mexican border; France; Germany; Texas
    • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 1916-1922
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Photograph: Copy photographic print [6 items] -- Photograph (collected 1918 - 1950)
  • Manuscript: Biographical information [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2002 - 2003)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 04/1971)
  • Audio: CD [2 items] -- Reference copy (collected 04/1971)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 04/1971)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 04/1971)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 04/1971)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/31638

Cite as

  • Arnold Stephen Hoke Collection (AFC/2001/001/31638), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image

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:

Hoke, Arnold Stephen, and Patricia Munson-Siter. Arnold Stephen Hoke Collection. 1916. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.31638/.

APA citation style:

Hoke, A. S. & Munson-Siter, P. (1916) Arnold Stephen Hoke Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.31638/.

MLA citation style:

Hoke, Arnold Stephen, and Patricia Munson-Siter. Arnold Stephen Hoke Collection. 1916. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.31638/>.