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This is an audio interview with Sidney Warner, Buford Rohrbaugh (son of Donald Rohrbaugh), and Steve Hilker (son of Gene Hilker) about the final months of the war in Europe, primarily at the Battle of the Bulge. Sidney Warner was a friend of Donald Rohrbaugh and Gene Hilker, both now deceased. Rohrbaugh served as a radioman and Hilker was a paratrooper. They fought in the Battle of the Bulge and told many stories about that experience to sons Buford Rohrbaugh and Steve Hilker. Both Rohrbaugh and Hilker were wounded more than once and in their last years told their friend, Sidney Warner, and their sons some of their wartime experiences. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original audio copy of the interview is available through the Gray County Veterans Memorial & Archives and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

Creator: Warner, Sidney
Date: February 21-22, 2007

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Item Number: 211495
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 211495

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