Roderick S. Hipskind Collection
The 16mm films that Sergeant Roderick S. Hipskind took during his service in World War II document his twenty-one months of service overseers. A native of Indiana, Hipskind entered the service in March 1942 and served with the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion as a radio operator for the battalion commander. He also sketched maps and overlays for the headquarters operations section. His films document the battalion as they marched from Sicily up through Italy and into southern France. In addition to his skills as an amateur photographer, Hipskind was a featured cartoonist in the Beachhead News. In September 1944 he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in combat in Italy.