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Harold Steele - World War II

Harold Steele was a farm boy from Illinois who saw action in France and Germany with 89th Infantry Division as an infantry platoon leader. He was one of the first to discover the Ohrdruf Concentration Camp near Buchenwald, and finished the war on occupation duty in Vienna, where he met his future wife, an OSS cryptographer.

Interview Links

Feature Excerpt

Meeting Prisoners

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Initial combat with 89th Division

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Liberation of Ohrdruf

Transcript

Related Materials

Margery Steele

See also the interview with Margery Steele, Harold's wife.

Agriculture in Illinois

See also his interview in the Agriculture In Illinois Project

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Sergeant Harold Steele standing outside his barracks in 1943.

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Unknown

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1943

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Narrator's photo

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Harold, a student at the University of Illinois at the time, takes a break from his studies in 1942.

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Unknown

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1942

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Narrator's photo

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Second Lieutenant Harold Steele shortly after his commissioning, circa October 1944.

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circa October 1944

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Public domain

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Lieutenant Steele, standing in front of a Sherman?? tank during the 89th Division's drive across Germany in the spring of 1945. The unit is somewhere between the Rhine and the Ohrdrurf concentration camp.

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The unit is somewhere between the Rhine and the Ohrdrurf concentration camp.

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spring of 1945

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Narrator's photo

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Newlyweds Harold and Margery Steele in Princeton, IL where they met Harold's family. From left to right are his mother Georgia, his brother Roger, Margery, Harold, his father Forest, and his brother George.

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Princeton, IL

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Harold and Margery in Vienna, near the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

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Vienna

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Margery and Harold on their wedding day in Vienna, Austria on October 13, 1946. With them to witness the event are a Major assigned to the headquarters of U.S. Forces, Austria, and his wife.

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Vienna, Austria

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October 13, 1946

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Narrator's photo

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Harold and Margery cutting their wedding cake in Vienna, Austria on October 13, 1946.

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Vienna, Austria

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October 13, 1946

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Narrator's photo

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Where:

Vienna, Austria

When:

October 13, 1946

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Narrator’s photo



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