Week 2 Linn
The second time I met with him, I decided to meet during class so it would be easier to access the recording equipment. I asked him to meet at 3 p.m. on a Wednesday and, again, he showed up early. I had gone through most of the first interview and picked out a few things that I either wanted him to re-tell me because I liked what he said, or that I wanted to ask more about. We got started right away and I was reminded of how much he can talk! I asked him much less questions than last time, but we recorded for an hour and fifteen minutes. As he was responding to my first question, he reached out and straightened out my pencil that I had laid diagonally on my notebook. I’m not sure if it was because he was thinking of how to continue his answer or because it was bothering him. During our first interview, he had worn long sleeves, so I didn’t see the tattoos on his arms but that day he was wearing a t-shirt. He has the quote “For he today who sheds his blood with me is my brother.” Next to it is the battlefield cross: the rifle in the ground and the helmet hung on top. I am always curious about the tattoos people get and the stories behind them. This is clearly military-related, so I asked him about that too. It turns out, one of his captains would recite the Band of Brothers speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V and at this line, the company would join in unison. He also had the symbol for his company on his forearm. He calls it his inspiration arm. I thought that was interesting and I like that he carries that sense of brotherhood with him.