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Charles W. Hair, Jr. Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: France, Germany

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-09-06

Duration: 00:15:15

Subjects: Pontoon bridges | Louisiana Maneuvers | Hair, Charles W., Jr. | World War II | Military | Veterans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Army | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe


  • Hair, Charles W., Jr. Interviewee
  • Lefebvre, Marian Interviewer


An oral history interview conducted on September 6, 2007, with Charles W. Hair, Jr., a member of the 88th Engineer Heavy Ponton Battalion of the United States Army during World War II. He discusses: his unit’s role in transporting and building floating bridges for Patton’s Third Army in France and Germany; his unit’s participation in training exercises before the war, including the Louisiana Maneuvers; and their pre-war experiments with bridges in Yuma, Arizona.