Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 012, folder 03: Paul Carl Kraft

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KRAFT, Paul Carol Miss 9 1st Div Box 12, #3

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Canton, Miss. MISS - 9 LL nothing

For Cornelius Ryan Book about D-Day

THOUSANDS OF MEN, ON LAND AND SEA AND IN THE AIR, PARTICIPATED IN THE INVASION OF NORMANDY BETWEEN MIDNIGHT JUNE 5, 1944 AND MIDNIGHT JUNE 6, 1944. IF YOU WERE ONE OF THEM, PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

What is your full name? Paul Carol Kraft

What was your unit and division? Hdq.Co. 18th Inf. Regt. 1st Inf. Division

Where did you arrive in Normandy, and at what time? Normandy Beach 2:pm June 6,1944 Colleville - sur Mer

What was your rank on June 6, 1944? Pvt.

What was your age on June 6, 1944? 20 years

Were you married at that time? No

What is your wife's name? Jean Matthews Kraft

Did you have any children at that time? No

What do you do now? P.O.Clerk and Farm

When did you know that you were going to be part of the invasion? About two or three months before June 6,1944

What was the trip like during the crossing of the Channel? Do you remember, for example, any conversations you had or how you passed the time? The weather was calm, most all the men on ship attended religious service of their choice after departing, afterwards there were small groups gathered about the ship talking about the landing, and things of the past.

What were the rumors on board the boat, ship or plane in which you made the crossing? (Some people remember scuttlebut to the effect that the Germans had poured gasoline on the water and planned to set it afire when the troops came in). Don't recall any rumors .

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~ for Cornelius Ryan 2 - Your name Paul C. Kraft

Did you by any chance keep a diary of what happened to you that day? No

Were any of your friends killed or wounded either during the landing or during the day? Yes

Do you remember any conversations you had with them before they became casualties? None in particular

Were you wounded? No

Do you remember what it was like--that is, do you remember whether you felt any pain or were you so surprised that you felt nothing?

Do you remember seeing or hearing anything that seems funny now, even though it did not, of course, seem amusing at the time? No

Do you recall any incident, sad or heroic, or simply memorable, which struck you more than anything else? No

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- for Cornelius Ryan 3 - Your name Paul C. Kraft

In times of great crisis, people generally show either great ingenuity or self-reliance; others do incredibly stupid things. Do you remember any examples of either?

Where were you at midnight on June 5, 1944? Crossing the channel

Where were you at midnight on June 6, 1944? Just off of the beach

have Do you know of anybody else who landed within those 24 hours (midnight June 5 to midnight June 6) as infantry, glider or airborne troops, or who took part in the air and sea operations, whom we should write to? Gen. C. R. Hubener Retired, was our division commander at that time. I have heard that is now director of civil defense for the state of New York. Col. Robt. York commanded the first batallion was stationed at Ft. Benning,Ga. Either of these could give you more information than anybody I know of.

PLEASE LET US HAVE THIS QUESTIONNAIRE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SO THAT WE CAN INCLUDE YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE BOOK. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE YOUR STORY ON SEPARATE SHEETS IF WE HAVE NOT LEFT SUFFICIENT ROOM. FULL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WILL BE GIVEN IN A CHAPTER CALLED "WHERE THEY ARE NOW; YOUR NAME AND VOCATION OR OCCUPATION WILL BE LISTED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.

Cornelius Ryan

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Canton,Mississippi May 29,1958

I read your request in the American Legion Magazine regarding information on the D-Day Invasion on Normandy. I was a member of Hdq.Co. 18th Inf. Regt. 1st U.S. Inf. Div landing on D-Day. I'll be glad to help as much as possible towards your history writing.

Paul C. Kraft Paul C. Kraft #2

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