Date of Interview
Reuben Weber was born 16 February 1925, in Hillsboro, North Dakota, a Red River Valley farming community. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1942, and was drafted into the US Army in 1943. Reuben served as a rifleman in 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. By the summer of 1944 his unit had joined the fighting in France, in the aftermath of the Allied D-Day invasion in June 1944. In November 1944, during a skirmish near the French-German border, Reuben was captured along with several others in his squad. He was sent to Camp II-A, Neubrandenburg, and later to a work detail at a small village on the Baltic Sea. After a failed escape attempt from this work detail, Reuben was sent back to Camp II-A. Advancing Soviet forces liberated II-A on 28 April 1945. Freed POWs, Reuben among them, hiked west towards British forces and reached their lines after seven to ten days. After his discharge from the military in 1946, Reuben returned to Hillsboro and worked locally before taking a job with Bell Telephone, a position he held until his retirement in 1987. Reuben was married in 1948 (wide Adeline). He was interviewed in June 2004 at his home in Little Falls, Minnesota.
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Saylor, Thomas, "Oral History Project World War II Years, 1941-1946 - Reuben Weber" (2004). Oral History Project: World War II Years, 1941-1946. 81.