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Eugene Swartz World War II Memoir

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2550

This memoir written by Eugene Swartz covers his childhood in Luxembourg through his work in Military Intelligence for the United States during World War II, and his post-war service in the CIA and DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency, which was founded in 1961 as the nation's primary producer of foreign military intelligence).

The memoir has no table of contents, but is divided into these chapters: Introduction, Luxembourg At War, My Return Trip to America (1940), 1940-1942, Active Duty, 1943, The Military Intelligence Training Center, California Maneuvers, Sailing to England and War, In Normandy, The Breakout From Normandy, The Breakout, The Battle of Mortrain, The Battle of the Bulge, My Return Home, Push Into Germany, The Drive to the Rhine, The Race to Berlin, 1945, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, CIA, Air Force Intelligence, DIA China Section, and Annex (My Travels).

Besides text, contained within the memoir are photocopies -- of photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, maps, military memoranda, diplomas, and certificates. The manuscript itself is computer-typed, spiral-bound, and nearly one inch thick.

Dates

  • undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Eugene Swartz's memoir covers his childhood in Luxembourg through his work in Military Intelligence for the United States during World War II, and his post-war service in the CIA and DIA.

Biographical/Historical Note

Eugene Swartz was born on August 22nd, 1923 in Washington, D.C. His father was a U.S. Army officer and his mother was a native of Luxembourg, where Eugene was raised. While living in Europe, he learned to speak German and French, and this ability led to him to the Military Intelligence Branch when he joined the military during World War II. He worked with the First, Third, and Ninth Armies during the war and later worked with the Counterintelligence Corps arresting war criminals. Swartz moved to Knoxville, Tennessee upon his retirement. He died on July 17th, 2010 and is buried in the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Eugene Swartz on February 5, 2005.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480