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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
  • Location of Service: Fort Bragg, North Carolina; England; Normandy, France; Bastogne, Belgium; Austria; Central Europe
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant

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"I don't think any of us planned to make it through. I think that's what made us so good." (Video interview, 14:33)

Drafted before he completed high school, Army Staff Sergeant Earl Ervin McClung served with the famed Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. After surviving the jump into Normandy, he was wounded during Operation Market Garden in Holland. In his interview, he emphasizes that he does not consider himself a hero, although as a group, he and his comrades achieved some heroic things. As for the acclaim given to his unit, he says, “We didn’t go through any more than a lot of other people did.”

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About this Item

Title

  • Earl Ervin McClung Collection

Names

  • McClung, Earl Ervin
  • Vest, Rosemarie
  • Marrott, Sheralan
  • Veterans Outreach for Community Advocacy (VOCA)

State of Birth

  • WA

Home State

  • CO

Headings

  • -  McClung, Earl Ervin
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • American Indian and Alaskan Native

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
    • Location of Service: Fort Bragg, North Carolina; England; Normandy, France; Bastogne, Belgium; Austria; Central Europe
    • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1945
    • Entrance into Service: Drafted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: MiniDV [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 12/2/2003)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 12/2/2003)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 12/21/2005)
  • Photograph: Digital print [2 items] -- Photograph (collected [1945] - 2005)
  • Computer File: CD [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 12/21/2005)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2004 - 2005)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/34734

Cite as

  • Earl Ervin McClung Collection (AFC/2001/001/34734), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • online text
  • video

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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.

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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:

Mcclung, Earl Ervin, Rosemarie Vest, Sheralan Marrott, and Veterans Outreach For Community Advocacy. Earl Ervin McClung Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.34734/.

APA citation style:

McClung, E. E., Vest, R., Marrott, S. & Veterans Outreach For Community Advocacy. (1943) Earl Ervin McClung Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.34734/.

MLA citation style:

Mcclung, Earl Ervin, et al. Earl Ervin McClung Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.34734/>.