Frank Facente transcript
Scope and Contents
The Frank Facente transcript describes medic Frank Facente's service in the 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, as a part of the United States Army during World War II. Facente participated in the landing at Normandy, attacking the Siegfried Line, Battle of Huertgen Forest, Battle of the Bulge, and visiting the concentration camp at Dachau.
- created: 1942-2000
- Other: Majority of material found within 1942-1945
- Other: Date acquired: 08/08/2000
- Facente, Frank (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
Frank Facente was born on September 3, 1919, in Union City, New Jersey, one of eleven children. He had problems finding work after he graduated high school due to the end of the Depression era.
Facente was inducted in early 1942 and began training as a medic at Fort Dix in New Jersey, Camp Pickett in Virginia, Camp Gordon in Georgia (where his unit changed from the 4th Armored Division to the 4th Infantry Division), Camp Gordon Johnston in Florida, and Camp Kilmer in New Jersey. Facente and his unit went overseas on the Capetown Castle in January 1944. He arrived in Liverpool, England and traveled to Tiverton, England to complete training.
On June 6, 1944, he landed on Utah Beach during the invasion of Normandy. After D-Day, he traveled across France, Luxembourg, and Germany participating in the attack on the Siegfried Line, the Battle of Huertgen Forest, Battle of the Bulge, entering Munich, and visiting Dachau. In June of 1945, he was sent home to began training for Japan. Once the atomic bombs were dropped he was discharged and returned home.
Soon after he married his fiance Rose, who he met before the war. Of his eleven siblings, six fought overseas and all returned home. In 1965 he moved with his family to Miami, Florida and in 1985 he moved again to Port Charlotte, Florida. In 1993 he lost his wife, Rose. Frank Facente passed away on August 13, 2002, at 82 years old.
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Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.
Source of Acquisition
Reichelt Program for Oral History
- Camp Gordon (DeKalb County, Ga.)
- Camp Pickett (Va.)
- Dachau (Concentration camp)
- Fort Dix (N.J.)
- New Jersey
- Siegfried Line (Germany)
- Air mail service
- Bastogne, Battle of, 1944-1945
- Camp Gordon Johnston (Fla.)
- Hürtgen Forest, Battle of, Germany, 1944
- Military Discharge--United States
- Operation Nordwind, 1944-1945
- Oral history
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--France--Normandy
- World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Luxembourg
- World War, 1939-1945--France
- World War, 1939-1945--Germany
- World War, 1939-1945--Great Britain
- World War, 1939-1945--Medical care
- World War, 1939-1945--Postal service--Censorship
- Frank Facente transcript
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