Hometown Heroes
05
SEP
2009

Memories of Nordhausen

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LISTEN to Joe Rivas on Hometown Heroes
Joe Rivas of Fresno, CA shares his World War II memories on episode #88 of Hometown Heroes, airing September 5, 2009. Joe served with the 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion, and later with 414th Infantry Regiment of 104th Infantry Division.

Joe Rivas during World War II.

Joe Rivas during World War II.


He was with the “Timberwolves” of the 104th when they discovered an infamous concentration camp in Nordhausen, Germany. He still has the large Nazi banner he took from a building there. On the banner are the decades-old signatures of his fellow soldiers who were at Nordhausen with him.
Joe and his daughter Annamarie hold up the banner he brought home from Nordhausen.

Joe and his daughter Annamarie hold up the banner he brought home from Nordhausen.

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