Floyd Dade, Jr.

Date: May 12, 2004, San Francisco, California
Interviewers:
Alex B, Alexander G, Irau B, Lindsey G, Sarah G, with Howard Levin and Deborah Dent-Samake

Date: January 18, 2006, San Francisco, California
Interviewers:
Alex B and Liza M, with Howard Levin

Floyd Dade, Jr. was born on May 5th, 1924 is Texarkana, Texas. Sadly, he passed away on Sept. 27, 2006. Floyd grew up during the Depression and remembers his loving mother who helped feed those in need. Floyd was drafted into the army at the age of 18, and joined the 761st Tank Battalion, one of a few black groups sent to fight the Nazis in Europe. He recalls in great detail his wartime experiences including action at the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the Rhine. Floyd was one of the early liberators of the Gunskirchen concentration camp where he witnessed the traumatic images of victims of Nazi brutality. It took Floyd fifty years to talk about the horrors he witnessed. He wanted students to know the history of the black tankers and of the Holocaust.