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Benjamin Epstein papers

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 2006 Box, Folder: 06.0113 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02-06.0113

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a transcript provided by the Reichelt Program for Oral History. Benjamin Epstein was a Jewish American serviceman who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-1946, and he trained at Fort Logan, Colorado. He was transported on the U.S.S. Dorchester, which was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in February 1943. He described escaping from the sinking ship and swimming to one of two lifeboats. He was picked up by the U.S.S. Escambia and taken to Greenland. He remained in Greenland until January 1945 where he was transferred to Fort Totten, New York and remained there until discharged in 1946.


  • Created: 1942-1946
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1944
  • Other: Date acquired: 09/01/2005


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Biographical or Historical Information

Benjamin Epstein was a Jewish American who was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 24, 1922. He went to the City University of New York and was then drafted into the Navy in July 1942, where he trained at Fort Logan's Air Corps Administration School. He was on his way to Greenland, when his transport, the U.S.S. Dorchester was torpedoed and sunk on 3 February 1943. The Coast Guard cutter, U.S.S. Escambia, picked him and other survivors up and transported them to Greenland. He worked in Greenland until January 1946, at Bluiewest 1 and 8.


1.00 folders

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Benjamin Epstein

Method of Acquisition

Benjamin Epstein papers
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

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