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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
15 Apr 1911 2
1911 1
Texas 1
Death:
10 Jan 1945 2
Weisweiler, Germany 2
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Person:
Wilbur D Hart 1
Level of Education: 4 years of college 1
Marital Status: Married 1
Birth:
15 Apr 1911 2
1911 1
Texas 1
Death:
10 Jan 1945 2
Weisweiler, Germany 2
Cause: KIA 2
Burial:
Burial Place: Oak Lawn Cemetery, Cooper, Texas 2
Residence:
Place: Delta County, Texas 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
22 Oct 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
38283327 1
Enlistment Place:
Dallas Texas 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Public officials, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 1314 1
Film Reel Number: 6.80 1

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1Lt Wilbur D. Hart, 4th Information and Historical Service, Ninth Army, was killed in action 10 January. 1945, near Weisweiler, Germany. The role of the Information and Historical Services is described as follows:

Several hundred soldier­historians advanced the Army's historical effort. Their primary focus was the creation and preservation of written documentation, but interviews were used to complement those sources. Historians attached to higher headquarters, as well as members of the Information and Historical Service teams of field armies, moved freely about the battle lines to gather interviews. The collection process occasionally began while units were still in action, but the majority of interviews were conducted about a week to ten days after the action or sometimes even later. After interviewing an individual, part of a unit, or the entire unit, the historians would summarize their interview notes to create a narrative of the specific action. 

Historians conducted interviews as close to the actual battlefield as possible in order to stimulate a soldier's recall of events. ... The historian's search for information was not always easy. Although not considered "combat" soldiers, three historians were killed in the line of duty and two others wounded by mines while interviewing front­line troops in the European Theater.

---From Stephen E. Everett, Oral History Techniques and Procedures (Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, D.C., 1992)

 

Hart was from Commerce, Texas. Initially buried at Margraten Cemetery, his remains were returned home in 1948.  He now rests in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Cooper, Texas. 

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