Robert Fahr, born Dec. 1, 1917 near Marmaduke, Arkansas, was the youngest of 11 children. 

He studied at the University of Arkansas where he joined the Army ROTC before finishing requirements for his veterinary medicine degree at Texas A&M.

“They sent me to a medical field delivery school,” Fahr said of his time at Fort Sam Houston. “There were about 1,600 MDs and dentists and I think 12 veterinarians. We got training in field medicine, injuries and treatment of wounded soldiers on the field.”

The Army transferred him around stateside to utilize his expertise with animals including time at Camp Hale, Colorado where he recalled riding mules being trained through the mountains.

“I was there to check mules in and the soldiers going overseas see their health was good enough to go overseas and carry the ammunition,” he said.

Fahr was set to deploy overseas, but the night before, he received a telegram from Washington reassigning him to Baltimore, Maryland. His new assignment supported efforts of all the branches of the military in preparation for the invasion of Normandy.

“I went down to where the ships were loading to make the invasion to France,” Fahr said as he recalled the large amounts of eggs and sausage that were on the ships. “It would be about 90 cars a train and the allies put the food on all the ships going over for the invasion. You could see ships as far as the eye could see,” Fahr recalled.

U.S. Senator John Boozman submitted the entire interview to the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center to collect and retain the oral histories of our nation’s veterans.

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