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Gerber, Warren

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Oral History

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Warren Gerber was born 9 September 1925 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from high school in June 1943, and in September enlisted in the US Army. He completed basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida, and after a brief stop at Camp Shanks, New York, joined the thousands of soldiers being sent to Europe to prepare for the invasion of France. Warren arrived first in England, and spent several months there. Serving with Company F, 8th Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Warren landed on Utah Beach on D-Day +2, or 8 June 1944. His company was involved in some heavy fighting in France over the next several months; for Warren, though, the war ended on 7 July 1944 when, during an engagement with German troops, he was shot in the back and seriously wounded. Warren was evacuated to England and then back to the United States; all together he spent almost eleven months in various hospitals. Warren was finally discharged on 14 June 1945, and came home to St. Paul. After the war, Warren returned briefly to his pre-war job at the Omaha Railroad, got married (1946, wife Elaine Bunde), and in September 1947 moved to the Minnesota Highway Department, where he stayed until retiring in 1987.


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