Philip Minges, Interview by Jack Bass, 10 October 2008

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Philip Minges, Interview by Jack Bass, 10 October 2008
Bass, Jack
Minges, Philip, 1923-
Philip S. Minges, Jr. was born on December 1, 1923, in Charleston, SC. He reported for active duty in 1942 during his sophomore year at Clemson University. Although he began training in the Corps of Engineers, combat replacement requirements led to Minges’ assignment as an infantryman to the Eleventh Armored Division. Minges reflects on his combat experience during the Battle of the Bulge when he had to try to dig a foxhole under fire in frozen ground. In his first battle, only three men of a 12-man squad, Minges and two others, came through unharmed. All others were wounded or killed. A few battles later, Minges was wounded: “I heard something hit on the side of the track, about waist high. I knew what it was. [If the shot] had been over about a foot [it would have gotten] me in the back…. I heard another pop and dirt flew up around my feet…. I got shot in the foot.” Following World War II, he enrolled at The Citadel in 1946 and graduated in 1948. After the war, Minges worked fifty years for Dupont in Camden, SC, and retired as an Army Reserve colonel with thirty years of service.
The Citadel Oral History Program
Contributing Institution:
The Citadel Archives & Museum
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
Topical Subject:
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives
Geographic Subject:
Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945
The first interviews to be made available online are a part of the "Citadel WWII Alumni History Project." With generous support from the Humanities Council of South Carolina (, the Citadel Oral History Program collected thirty interviews with Citadel alumni regarding their experiences during WWII. Journalist and historian Jack Bass conducted the interviews during the Fall of 2008.They serve as a powerful testament to the veterans’ experiences and their critical contributions to the war effort. The digital recordings and transcripts are part of The Citadel Oral History Program Collection at The Citadel Archives & Museum.
The Citadel in War and in Peace
World War II
Shelving Locator:
The Citadel Oral History Program--World War II Alumni Services 2009.13.08
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
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Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are .wav files.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2011, The Citadel Archives & Museum. All rights reserved. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, Charleston, SC, 29409.