Veterans History Project: An Interview with Dirk West

Library of Congress Veterans History Project

Interview conducted by Jeanne Czarnecki and produced by Jennifer Cockerill. Recorded at the Downtown Branch, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, August 19, 2014.

Born in Virginia, Minnesota in 1926, Dirk West served in the United States Army from 15 November 1944 to 15 August 1946 in World War II. He was in the 8th Division, trained at Camp Hood, Texas, and was assigned to the Military Police at Le Havre, France. One of his assignments was to guard German prisoners. He received the following medals and ribbons: Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Germany), European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, and WWII Victory Ribbon. He reached the rank of Sergeant Military Police.
Creator: West, Dirk; Czarnecki, Jeanne; Cockerill, Jennifer
Date: 8/19/2014
  • Santa Cruz (County)
  • 2010s
  • 1940s
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Identifier: VH-WEST


West, Dirk, Jeanne Czarnecki, and Jennifer Cockerill. “Veterans History Project: An Interview with Dirk West.” 8/19/2014. SCPL Local History. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.