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Jeannine Burk was liberated in 1944. Her mother retrieved her and brought her home. [Annotator's Note: Burk, a Jewish...
Thomas W. Gillette moved from Bath, Maine to Hawaii [Annotator's Note: in 1940 to live with his sister, Lydia Grant...
Barbara Heming obtained her MBA and got a job in wealth management on Wall Street. The bank she worked for is one of...
Lauren Swinney picked up words during the war like ersatz which meant a substitute for something. She recalls the pin-...
Frank Purvis volunteered before Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 7...
[Annotator's Note: Corrine Boggs, also known as Lindy, was the wife of Congressman Hale Boggs then later took his...
On 7 December 1941, Stanley "Stan" Levy was sitting on the floor of the family home reading the newspaper and listening...
Grace Brown was at her sister's home when she heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: the Japanese...
James L. Wheeler was born in Los Angeles, California, in February 1926. His father was a dairy man, and his mother was...
Joseph Mittelsdorf thought the Marine Corps was intense. They taught everyone learn how to follow orders. The training...
Nelsyn Ernest Brooks Wade went to Chicago [Annotator's Note: Chicago, Illinois] to join an accelerated Navy officer...
Victor Befera learned of and passed the V-12 [Annotator's Note: V-12 US Navy College Training Program, 1943 to 1946]...
Joseph Kanter was of age for military service and had been in the ROTC [Annotator's Note: Reserve Officer Training...
The first friends Ralph F. Lafferty made were enlisted men. All of the men were skiers. When he was finished training...
David L. Lehigh was born in December 1924 in York County [Annotator's Note: York County, Pennsylvania]. He grew up in...
Howard Anderson was born in December 1922 in North Dakota. He grew up on a farm. His father was a farmer. The family...
John W. Snyder was born in March 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up, Snyder's family was poor. However, because...
Margaret Brewer Henry is from Atlanta, Georgia. She double majored in Spanish and Journalism when she was in college....
While waiting for an assignment, Theodore Robert Tanner and the other pilots of his group were called to meetings twice...
In addition to what Rena Greenup could provide her mother, who knew how to tell fortunes, traded her services from her...
Reading, writing, and arithmetic were important to black people when Samson Alexander was growing up. They knew they...
Arthur Levine was born in June 1922 in Saint Louis, Missouri with two younger half-brothers and one younger half-sister...
June Tinker's mother started worrying about the impact of the war on her sons soon after Pearl Harbor. Tinker's two...
[Annotator's Note: Lauren Swinney was a student at Northwestern University and worked as an entertainer for troops...
Margaret Kerry's parents got chickens. They lived in Windsor, a little town outside of Los Angeles [Annotator's Note:...
Leanne Blinzler Noe was born in June 1933 in San Francisco, California, but grew up in the Philippines. Her parents met...
Floyd Dumas had been in hiding in Italy for five months. One close encounter Dumas had with German soldiers was when he...
The only time Capers Andrews Holmes, Jr.'s base was attacked was when a group of German fighters followed Holmes' bomb...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer asks Jack Werner what in his childhood in Austria made him what he is today and...
Lorraine Mesken said people were eager to participate in victory gardens and bond drives. They felt it was their duty....
Lauren Swinney went to Northwestern University. The nuns had taught her to type when she was in boarding school and...
Cyril de la Vergne was in the Marine Corps about for two and a half years. It was office work and did not change after...
Lillian Drucker did not have any Gold Star mothers [Annotator's Note: women entitled to display a gold star on a...
While waiting to go home William "Bill" Parker was named First Sergeant [Annotator's Note: in Company E, 116th Infantry...
At Oak Ridge [Annotator's Note: Oak Ridge, Tennessee], there were three shifts running all the time. Dieter Gruen...
[Annotator's Note: George Kearney grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and was an employee of Higgins Industries from 1937...

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