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Oral History Interview with Carl Walpusk

On Constitution Day 2014, the Oral History Center sponsored an event with the Serb National Federation and the RMU Center for Student and Civic Engagement.

That day, World War II Veteran Carl Walpusk spoke on campus. After the event, Historian John McCarthy interviewed Mr. Walpusk to more fully capture his story. That video is above.

Mr. Walpusk entered the service in 1943. In July 1944, when he was 19 years old, Walpusk and his crew were returning from a raid when their plane was shot down by the Germans over Serb territory. The gunner was killed, but Walpusk and the remaining crew parachuted out. Rescued by a band of Serbian fighters, they were kept hidden for 33 days until they were finally rescued by airlift, the largest ever from behind enemy lines, and an event chronicled in the best-selling book The Forgotten 500.


About the Center

The Oral History Center is a project of the History faculty in the Social Sciences Department at Robert Morris University.

Growing out of a joint effort between Robert Morris and Moon Township to get a local neighborhood included on the National Register of Historic Places, the Oral History Center facilitates research into recent American history, allows students to get involved in oral interviews, and serves as a repository of archival materials.

The center is located in 328 Patrick Henry Hall, on the RMU Campus.

For More Information, Contact:

Kathryn Dennick-Brecht, Ed.D. 

Department Head, Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology
School of Education & Social Sciences
412-397-5419 Phone
412-397-6044 Fax
Nicholson Center 461
Moon Campus
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