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Richard Knight transcript

 File — Container: Single Folder Collections - 1999 Box 16 (99.0352-99.0373), Folder: 99.0365 - Folder 1
Identifier: 99.0365

Content Description

This collection relates to Richard Knight who served in the U.S. Army in the 11th and 5th Infantry Divisions in the European Theater during World War II. This collection contains an oral history transcript where Knight discusses his service in Iceland, Ireland, and France. He also discusses his experience as a prisoner of war in the 12A work camp which was liberated by the Russians.


  • Event: 1939-1946
  • Other: Date accessioned: 1999-04-21


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Knight was born on June 6, 1920, in Wayne County, Michigan. He attended school in Knightstown, Indiana until June 1938. In Knightsville, he also attended the Citizens Military Training Camp for two summers. By February 1939, Knight joined the U.S. Army in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was sent to Fort Harrison where he joined the 11th Infantry Regiment. For six months, he recruited other soldiers in Columbus, Ohio. After Ohio, he joined the 5th Infantry Division. Knight was on a ship to Iceland when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was stationed in Iceland for one and a half years before being sent to England and Ireland. While stationed in Europe, Knight was captured in Metz, France where for six months, he was a prisoner of war in the 12-A and 2-A military camp. Richard Knight passed away on September 12, 2004, at the age of 84. He is interred eat Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida.


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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by the Florida State University Oral History Program.

Richard Knight transcript
Beatrice Dain
April 13, 2021
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Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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