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William R. Lueders collection

 Collection — Container: Oral History Interview Transcript
Identifier: 02-05.0070

Scope and Contents

The collection of William R. Lueders contains an oral history transcript of an interview provided by the Reichelt Program for Oral History. Lueders served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a cameraman in the 163rd Signal Photo Company in the North African, Mediterranean, and European (ETO) Theaters. The collection also includes two photographs of an unnamed concentration camp in France and a Veteran's questionnaire.


  • Created: 1933-1946
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1941
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/12/2005


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical or Historical Information

William R. Lueders was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 20, 1915. He graduated from high school in 1933, and the "Great Depression" kept him from going to college. He worked for a German motion picture laboratory prior to World War II. He was drafted into the US Army in 1941.

After Officers' Candidate School at Fort Monmouth, NJ, Lueders became an officer with the rank of Second Lieutenant.  Lueders underwent Signal Corps training and worked in the Training Film Production Laboratory at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He first landed in North Africa on his way to Italy. His company recorded film coverage of the Fifth Army entering Rome, Italy which he details in the oral history interview. He explains a photographer’s typical operation. Lueders describes how some of the men played American jazz music in their free time. His company joined the Seventh Army in southern France. He was in Austria when the war in Europe ended. He returned to the US in November 1945, but he was not officially separated until January 1946.  Lueders passed away on Feburary 16, 2015.


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William R Lueders

Method of Acquisition

William R. Lueders collection
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

Florida State University
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