All the materials used in this website, with the exception of several photographs, are from the war memorabilia of Roland Goss. There are several large storage boxes in Dallas filled with these materials and those used for this site are the result of an initial week-long examination conducted by me and my wife Janis during a visit to Dallas in March 2005. Our goal is to continue to cull through these materials and, where appropriate, add to the website. Unlike printed material, a website is almost organic in its ability to change over time and the goal of this website is for this archive to expand to the extent that it fully represents the wealth of materials in the collection.
Though the narrative is entirely the work of the author, it is based on the wartime correspondence of Roland Goss and on several uncredited interviews that were part of the memorabilia collection. We have tried unsuccessfully to ascertain the authorship of these interviews but their authenticity appears genuine. The most comprehensive interview appears to be a transcript based on a tape-recorded discussion that includes parenthetical references to coughs and clocks tolling in the background. It is hoped that the richness of the detail of these interviews is conveyed in the narrative. We still have several leads as to who conducted these interviews and hope to establish authorship in the future.
Goss collection (circa 1973)
Goss collection (1944)
AP Wide World Photos from the Encyclopedia Brittanica website http://search.eb.com/normandy..
From the Patton website http://pattonhq.com
From the 150th Combat Engineers website http://www.150th.com/rivers/rhine .
Goss Collection (2004)
About the Site
This site is the final web-design project required by Professor Paula Petrik for the George Mason University class, History 697: Creating History in New Media. The content and design are the work of the author but assistance with the technical aspects of the site was provided by GMU students Jeremy Boggs and Stephanie Hurter. Any errors, in design or content, are wholly the responsibility of the author. (Comments are welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org.)