Warren G. Goss entered the US Army in 1943 where he served as a rifleman fighting in Europe and participating in the Normandy invasion. Mr. Goss was a member of the 531st Special Brigade, which was one of the earliest units to land at Utah Beach. In addition, he fought in the Battle of the Rhineland, Ruhr River, and Battle of the Bulge. He was a rifleman, sharpshooter and scout. After spending 33 months in the Army, he left in 1945.
On May 9, 2012, Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh invited Warren Goss to The Board Room of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum to share his WW II stories with us. At age 87, Mr. Goss was accompanied by his wife Mary. her presence made our recording session friendly and comfortable. Todd DePastino, who conducted the interview, asked Mr. Goss about a range of subjects, including Pearl Harbor, military training, landing on Utah Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, a German soldier’s watch, being wounded, and his post-war trips back to Europe.
Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh recorded the interview in dedicated audio and video media, and Andy Marchese managed the still photography and took Mr. Goss’ formal portrait for our project.
Pittsburgh 360° – Living History – November 10, 2011: Warren Goss is living history. The 87 year-old Ohio Township resident spent one year in battle during World War II. He was part of the 531st Special Brigade, which was one of the first to land in Normandy. He survived the D-Day landing at Utah Beach, as well as the Battle of the Rheinland, Battle of the Ruhr and Battle of the Bulge. He was a rifleman, sharpshooter and a scout on patrol of enemy positions. Meet this decorated military hero who has seen the horror of war and is now reflecting on his service.