Great Depression

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Dale LeBlanc was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and grew up like most every other American boy during the depression....
Woody Woodall [Annotator's Note: Wendall Woodall] was born in March 1925 in Webster City, Iowa. They were so poor that...
Eugene Tarrant was born in Ennis, Texas. When he was three, his family moved to Dallas. His mother and father figured...
Herbert Weatherwax [Annotator's Note: Mr. Weatherwax's name is actually Clarence Herbert Weatherwax] was born in...
Lavenia Hickman Breaux was born in Slidell, Louisiana in 1917. Breaux did not realize she was living through a...
Thomas Ballew served with the 231st Searchlight Battalion which was attached to the 9th Air Force. Ballew was born in...
James Marks, also known as The Chaplain, or Father Marks, was born in Davenport, Iowa. He had wonderful parents who...
Lorraine Achee feels that the war helped the country out of the Great Depression. People were working in factories and...
At the time, Gerhard Franzky thought Hitler was a great man. Franzky's father got another job and was later able to...
Edwin McAuliffe's father was born in Ireland and was wounded during World War 1 at Gallipoli. His mother was born in...
Lawrence Yatsu served as a replacement with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion. He...
James Fitzmorris grew up in Depression-era New Orleans, Louisiana in the Irish Channel neighborhood. They did not know...
Hugh L. Colbert was born in Electra, Texas in June 1925. He attended school there in the Electra public school system...
Robert Dale Rosendahl was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota in April 1921 and grew up in a small agricultural town....
Norman Hatch graduated from high school when he was 17 years old. He grew up in both Boston, Massachusetts and...
[Annotators Note: Interview begins with Frank Guidone and the interviewer talking about Guidone contracting malaria and...
As a 13 year old, David Yoho did not have friends of draft age. He did keep company with older boys and took on a tough...
Jack Leaming was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1919. When he was three months old, his mother moved to Wildwood...
George Peto was born in Akron, Ohio in 1922. He grew up in the Portage Lakes area near Akron on an old farm during the...
After being discharged, Melvin Dahlberg took two weeks off and then went to work as an auditor at a bank for the next...
Van Barfoot grew up on a farm and his family was all on the farm. They grew cotton and corn and made a living during...
Walter Imahara was born in February 1937 in Florin, California, a farming community just outside of Sacramento. His...
Arthur Jackson was born in Cleveland and grew up in Canton, Ohio. His father was a watch maker and eventually ended up...
Robert Swift was born in August 1925. He grew up on a farm without electricity. Everything was horse drawn. The farm...
Anthony Acevedo was born in San Bernardino, California and spent most of his childhood in Pasadena. His father was a...
Olen Grant was born in Benton, Arkansas on 5 April 1923. After his father returned from World War I, he moved to Benton...
Tokuji Yoshihashi was born in January 1923 in Pasadena, California. He was one of five children. Times were tough for...
George Rudloff was born in San Francisco, California in 1923 and grew up there and in Palo Alto. His father started a...
William Blanckenburg had an upper middle class upbringing, but they struggled during the Depression. Blanckenburg was...
Mary Edwards and the home front had to deal with rationing during World War 2. Often, her mother would go to the...
Morton Brooks was born in Brooklyn, New York in January 1926. He grew up there, with younger twin siblings, the...
Jack Thornhill was born in Alexandria [Annotator's Note: Alexandria, Louisiana] in 1926. In 1932 the family moved to...
Roy Uthes grew up in Detroit, Michigan. His father was a policeman. Uthes had brothers who were also in the service. He...
Rothacker Smith began selling root beer to construction workers at projects around Detroit during the Great Depression...
In the months leading up to the United States' entry into the war, the country was isolationist. Fredrick Hollis was...
Melvin Abadie was born on the Evergreen Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana in June 1925. He spent the first eight years...

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