Van Luyn, William (Interview outline and video, 2 of 2), 2011

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Van Luyn, William (Interview outline and video, 2 of 2), 2011

Description

William Van Luyn was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1925, and was drafted into the Army in 1943. He wanted to go, and was disappointed when he was rejected due to an eye problem, but later talked his way past the recruiter and sent to Camp Ellis, Illinois, to train as an engineer. He joined the 1303rd Engineer General Service Regiment and was assigned to B Company, which specialized in bridge construction. He shipped out to England with his unit in the spring of 1944, and deployed to Normandy shortly after D-Day. After the Normandy breakout, his regiment followed Patton's 3rd Army across France, building and rebuilding bridges all along the way, sometimes under fire from enemy artillery or aircraft. His unit got caught up in the Battle of the Bulge, and then participated in the invasion of Germany, building their longest bridge across the Rhine near Remagen. Shortly after the Germans surrendered, the unit was deployed to the Philippines in preparation for the invasion of Japan.

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Publisher

Grand Valley State University Libraries. Allendale, Michigan

Contributor

Smither, James (Interviewer

Relation

Veterans History Project (U.S.)

Identifier

RHC-27_VanLuynW1181V2

Format

application/pdf
video/mp4

Type

Moving Image
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Language

eng

Date

2011-08-25

Citation

Van Luyn, William, “Van Luyn, William (Interview outline and video, 2 of 2), 2011,” Digital Collections, accessed November 17, 2019, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/41239.
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