Oral history interview with Otis Meril Chartier [sound recording] 2003 Mar. 13.
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Chartier describes his initial enlistment in the Army Air Corps his efforts to pursue an army career related to airplanes and his eventual enrollment in the Infantry shortly before being deployed to duty in France. From there he provides a detailed account of being an infantry soldier on the war's front on the Maginot Line. He recalls his initial contact with German soldiers being the only survivor of a 12-member scouting squad ambushed by the Germans and recovery in a French hospital as a result of a subsequent enemy encounter. He continues his story of front line experiences with the enemy and concludes by describing his observations at the end of the war and his travel across Europe to England as part of his journey home.