Henry "Pete" Erbe joined the U.S. infantry in 1958 after graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont. He completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, also going through Ranger and Airborne school. He was assigned as a second lieutenant platoon leader in Erlangen, Germany, during the construction of the Berlin Wall. After his return to the U.S., Erbe taught leadership and tactics at Fort Benning until he left to serve in Vietnam as a sub-sector and battalion adviser to the Vietnamese military army. After serving in Vietnam, he earned a master's degree in American History from American University in Washington, D.C, and went on to become an associate professor of American History at West Point, helping to establish an American History curriculum there. Erbe also became involved in establishing the recruiting program for the all-volunteer army in the early 70s. Afterwards, he served in Korea as the Chief Operations Officer for a combat support coordination team. When he returned to the states, Erbe was asked to return to teaching at West Point during the 1976 integration of women into the corps cadets. Before he retired, Erbe served as chief of the Readiness Group, working with the National Guard and Reserve in New England.
Transcript Number 538
Title: Henry "Pete" Erbe: Remembering World War II
Interviewee: Henry "Pete" Erbe
Interviewer Paul Zarbock
Date of Interview: August 4, 2005
Location of Interview: William Madison Randall Library, Wilmington, N.C.
Description: 1 SVHS Cassette Tape, sd., col.
Documentation: 1 Typed Transcript
Series: World War II Veterans Oral History Preservation Project
Series: Voices of Experience