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Carl Lavin papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 1999 Box 7 (99.0134-99.0150), Folder: 99.0146 - Folder 1
Identifier: 99.0146

Scope and Contents

The papers of Carl Lavin contains a transcript provided by the Reichelt Program for Oral History. Carl Lavin served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 as an infantryman in the European Theatre of Operations with the 69th Infantry Division. He operated a Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) in the advance across Western Europe in 1944 to 1945, and he relates numerous anecdotes from his combat experiences.


  • Created: 1943-1946
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/18/1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researcdhers.

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 or Historical Information

Carl Lavin was a Jewish-American Serviceman in the Army Reserve Program at the Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. He was called up in May 1943 to the U.S. Army. He completed his Basic Training at Camp Hood in Texas, and he also trained on tank destroyers, and in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at Parris, Texas and at Queen's College in New York City. He served in the 69th Division as a BAR rifleman who came to Europe on Christmas Day to participate in the Battle of the Bulge. He ended up at the Elbe River at the end of the war and served in the Army of Occupation of Germany. Having earned a sufficient number of points, he returned home, where he worked on IBM machines, and he was discharged in early 1946, where he went back to college for his business degree.


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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.

Source of Acquisition

Carl Lavin

Method of Acquisition


Carl Lavin papers
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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