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Lauren Swinney picked up words during the war like ersatz which meant a substitute for something. She recalls the pin-...
As a child, Elisabeth Bolster sat on her father's lap while Munich was being bombed by the Allies. She was comforted by...
Once the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor died down, Walter Oka and his siblings continued to watch the goings on for a...
Herbert W. Ridyard was in high school when he listened to President Roosevelt [Annotator's Note: Franklin Delano...
During the war, rationing was a way of life in England, according to Constance Cresswell. Each person was allotted two...
Roger Shaw returned to the SS George Gayle after his leave in New Orleans, Louisiana. The was his original ship. It...
James L. Wheeler was born in Los Angeles, California, in February 1926. His father was a dairy man, and his mother was...
Thinking he would ship out the next day, Frank Campisano took the family car to be sworn into the Navy. But when he...
Roy Joseph Moss took a long train ride to Little Rock, Arkansas [Annotator's Note: Camp Robinson] where he received his...
Walter Halloran had never thought about joining the military until the attack on Pearl Harbor. He knew no one who had...
Benigno Martinez entered the Army but did very little initially. Ultimately, he was assigned to Randolph Field where he...
Helen Anderson Glass enlisted but could not enter active service until she was investigated by governmental security...
Norman Sterrie thought he would be going home [Annotator's Note: he was a Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo plane pilot in...
Gerald Rupert was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania and grew up about 40 miles south of there [Annotator's Note: in South...
Beverly Coleman Oates Rougas was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in February 1924. Life in New Orleans was wet and rainy...
George Spera was born in 1924 in Mays Landing, New Jersey. He had no siblings. His father was a bricklayer and cement...
William Kahn was born in August 1925, to immigrant parents. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where his father ran a...
Dorothy Decker Ehlers was born in December 1931 in Long Beach, California and grew up there during the depression years...
Harvey Segal was born in May 1925 in Roxbury, Massachusetts [Annotator's Note: Roxbury is a neighborhood in Boston]....
Merlin C. Smith was born in December 1925 in Baker, Louisiana. He had had two brothers and one sister. The family lived...
Doctor Frances Tunnell Carter was born in May 1922 in Springville, Mississippi. Her father was an insurance man during...
Robert Gurr was born in Los Angeles, California in 1931. The family moved to Glendale, California near a busy airport...
[Annotator's Note: Interview begins with Paul Dietzel and the interviewer talking about LORAN and flying over the vast...
Frank Hartzell was born in January 1925 in Buffalo, New York. After six months, his family moved to the Philadelphia...
Jack Raskoph was born in Paterson, New Jersey in July 1926. He thinks World War 2 saved his life. Paterson was not an...
Alvin Barnes was born December in 1925 in Minden, Nebraska. His family moved from the small Midwestern town and bought...
Edward Gerrits was born in Racine, Wisconsin, but was raised in Miami, Florida. He enjoyed going to the Florida...
James Lovell was born in March 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio, but as a young child his father's profession in the heating...
Clarke Langrall was born in December 1924 in Baltimore, Maryland. Growing up during the Great Depression, things were...
Keith Renstrom joined the Marine Corps on 13 June 1940. He went through boot camp in San Diego. He was raised on a farm...
Marigold "Margot" McNeely was born in London, England in 1926. She moved from London to a small seaside resort called...
Gordon Higgins was born in February 1924 in New Haven, Connecticut, one of two sons who lived with their mother and...
Terry T. Shima was born in January 1923 outside of Hilo, Hawaii. He grew up on a sugar plantation. His parents both...
Rita Brandes was born in July 1939 in Bremen [Annotator's Note: Bremen, Germany]. As a young child, she knew only the...
Howard Genrich was born in 1925 in Algona, Iowa. At the time he was born, his parents were living with his grandparents...
Adelaide Benjamin remembers the first Christmas tree the family had out there [Annotator's Note: in El Paso, Texas]....

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