Westra, Jacob (Interview outline and video), 2008

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Westra, Jacob (Interview outline and video), 2008

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Contributor

McCauslin, Kelly (Interviewer)
Spring Lake District Library (Spring Lake, Mich.)

Description

Jacob Westra was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 18, 1918. He grew up during the Depression and was not able to find a job once he had graduated from high school. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and was sent to Camp Silver Creek where he worked in the ranger station for one year. Jacob really enjoyed working in the CCC and signed up for 2 more years until he enlisted in the Army in 1939. He was not called up to service until 1941 and went through basic training in Fort Sheridan Illinois. Jacob was then sent to England where they took over an old GMC factory and used it as a supply storage facility. He worked there for 2.5 years until right before D Day when Jacob joined the 78th Infantry "Lightning" Division. They traveled through France and Germany taking many small towns and POWs for months until many of the men earned enough points to return to the Unites States.

Date

2008-05-17

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Publisher

Grand Valley State University. University Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives

Relation

Veterans History Project (U.S.)

Identifier

WestraJ

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application/pdf
video/mp4

Type

Moving Image
Text

Language

eng

Citation

Westra, Jacob, “Westra, Jacob (Interview outline and video), 2008,” Digital Collections, accessed May 16, 2022, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/29626.
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