John Kuehne Oral History
John Keuhne was born on July 10, 1921 in Long Prairie Minnesota. Keuhne married his wife Margret on May 12, 1946 and were married for 64 years. They had five children. He was drafted into the United States Army while working on a farm in Hoffman Minnesota. While in the Army he served as a machine gunner in the 30th Division, 119th Infantry. Serving in the European Theater, he was wounded twice in combat and received two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star. He worked at the St. Cloud Veteran’s Hospital and retired after 32 years in 1979. Keuhne passed away on January 11, 2011.
Keuhne recounted his experiences while in the United States Army, serving as a machine gunner in the 30th Division, 119th Infantry. Drafted early in the war, he described his experiences while in basic training at Camp Walters, Texas, and Fort Blanning in Florida. Keuhne was involved with the second day landing on Omaha Beach at Normandy in June 1944. Shipped out in early 1944, he discussed his experiences while in England after the German bombing, including interacting with British and Canadian troops. Kuehne described his experiences in Normandy, France, crossing the Vire River under German fire. He also discussed being in Germany near the Siegfried Line as well as his interaction with German civilians.
St. Cloud State University, "John Kuehne Oral History" (1989). World War II Veterans. 3.