Jesse Oxendine

– Charlotte, NC
82nd Airborne, post-Battle of the Bulge

Oxendine, a Lumbee Indian from Pembroke, was a replacement soldier — one of four brothers who served in the war. In an emotional interview, he revealed for the first time what it was like to liberate the Wobbelen Concentration Camp in Germany and how war changed theis former Eagle Scout. How stunned he was to find himself stealing from a dead German soldier; how surprised he was to see that the blond and powerful German soldiers portrayed in American propaganda films didn’t look anything like the scared dark haired young men he was actually fighting against.