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WWII and the Holocaust

Photo Exhibit: World War II was in full swing. Mina Harrison at the age of 17 steals her older sister's birth certificate and joins the Red Cross as a volunteer to give out coffee and donuts to our boys. Shipped to England and faced with the decision to go forward or back home, she chose to go forward, landing on Normandy Beach D-Day+4 and spending the rest of the war volunteering at the front lines of Patton's Army. Working in a Red Cross field hospital tent was bad enough until she was faced with another decision. Trapped in the Battle of the Bulge during Take-No-Prisoners with no intel coming back about the next Nazi attacks, she volunteered again to drive her Jeep forward until she was captured, hoping that the Geneva Convention would save her. Twice she set out "with my little Jeep and my poor German" language and twice she was captured. But she lived to return with crucial information. For her bravery she was awarded the Medal Of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the U.S. Only 8 women received this in World War II. She came home after the War with two lasting conclusions, "I hate the cold, never been colder in my life" and how to sleep standing up. And even after holding hundreds of men while they died in her arms in some unknown Army field hospital at some forgotten battle while Patton fought across Europe, in peacetime she never turned her back on a chance to help, stopping at car accidents on the highway, no matter how nicely dressed, to see if she stop the bleeding long enough for the ambulance to arrive.

Also shown in the exhibit are her collection of personal snapshots and Signal Corps pictures of the Holocaust she collected across Germany. Footage available on the web:

Her assignment there: after Patton's tanks crashed the gates with the furnaces still burning, "Feed Lifesavers to the Living Dead", as it was the only thing many could still eat and care for them as best she could until the Army moved on. The survival rate at that stage was very low with many dying daily despite our best medical efforts. Hear Edward R. Murrow   broadcasting of his visit to Buchenwald to corroborate her experience. Or download and listen to it as an MP3. For the rest of her life Mina would talk about "Man's Inhumanity to Man."  Despite being the liberator, she gave that up by volunteering to be captured twice and miraculously was released twice, all by the age of 20, yet on the whole she still remained optimistic. When asked why we won the War, she often replied, "Because we were nicer."

3rd Army Insignia Sound Recording Exhibit (coming soon): General Wm. H. Harrison recounts his service as Gen. George Patton's youngest general staff Supply officer, European Theatre of Operations as the 3rd U.S. Army drove on Berlin.

The Division insignia of the 102 Ozark Division, U.S. Army Photo Exhibit: Military parade photos of the 102nd Ozark Division, later 102nd USARCOM, now disbanded. Contributions from former members of the 102nd and their families is appreciated, including Jeeps, half-tracks, and tanks. We'll make room. Concentration camps were far more widespread than many people thought. This is a U. S. Signal Corp. map of Europe showing all the Nazi Concentration Camps. They were far more widespread than many people thought. Millions of people died and were buried in mass graves, burned, or cremated. Hitler referred to it as the " Final Solution."