Date of Interview
Bruce Brummond was born 7 September 1917 in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota, an only child, and grew up in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1935. Bruce volunteered for the US Army and was inducted into service in April, 1942. He was married in 1942 (wife Betty). Bruce served with E Company, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He was taken prisoner on 20 December 1944, at Echternach, Luxembourg, during the German offensive that had started a week earlier. Bruce spent some weeks on the move, as well as short periods of time at several POW camps: Stalag XII-A Limburg; Stalag II-D Stargard; Stalag II-A Neubrandenburg. He was finally liberated in early May by advancing British forces from another camp, near Bremervorde in northwest Germany. Bruce spent several months recovering from his ordeal as a POW, and was discharged from service in September 1945 with the rank of sergeant. Again a civilian, he returned to Hutchinson where he and Mary raised six children. Bruce worked many years in retail men's clothing, then in footwear sales for the Goodrich Company. He was interviewed at the family home in Hutchinson.
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Saylor, Thomas, "Oral History Project World War II Years, 1941-1946 - Bruce Brummond" (2004). Oral History Project: World War II Years, 1941-1946. 11.