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    • Oral history interview with John J. Donovan recorded 2006 Nov. 24

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Coast Guard; General W.P. Richardson (Ship);
    • Interview conducted by Brett Bloom. John J. Donovan lived in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford, CT when he decided to join the military. He joined the Coast Guard and went to Sheepshead Bay, NY for basic training. After graduating from...
    • Oral history interview with Nicholas L. Cipu recorded 2006 Nov. 24

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Purple Heart; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 88th;
    • Interview conducted by Christine Germain. Nicholas L. Cipu was drafted into the U.S. Army in July of 1942 just a few weeks after he married. He was sent to Camp Gruber in Oklahoma for basic training, where he became part of the 88th infantry...
    • Oral history interview with Francis J. Vail conducted on 2004 Sept. 4

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Airplanes -- American; Bombardier (Motion picture); United States. Air Force -- Aviation mechanics
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Francis "Jim" Vail enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in September of 1942. He was living in Stafford Springs, CT at the time, and applied to be a pilot. Although, he failed the eye test, he wanted to remain...
    • Oral history interview with Frank L. Maglaty recorded 2008 Apr. 18

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Army Air Corps; B-17 bomber; Military missions; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Mediterranean Sea
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Frank Maglaty was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. He went to basic training in Miami, Fl. He was also tested by the army to determine what job he would be suited to, and was transferred to the Army Air...
    • Oral history interview with Joseph A. Hatala recorded 2010 Jan. 23

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy; Bailey bridges
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Joseph Hatala was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He went to basic training at Camp Edwards, Mass., where they learned mostly about marching and firing weapons. Shortly after, his unit, the 406th...
    • Oral history interview with Charles F. Kilgore recorded on 2004 Feb. 13

    • Korean War, 1950-1953; Ordnance; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narrative, American; Armed Forces -- Officers;
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Kilgore enlisted with the National Guard in 1937. When Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, he became activated with the U.S. Army. When he began basic training in the army, he was promoted to sergeant and then...
    • Oral history interview with Louis H. Cohen recorded 2005 Sept. 7

    • Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy; United States. Army. Quartermaster Corps; Lend-lease operations (1941-1945)
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Louis H. Cohen enlisted in the National Guard in 1940 just before the draft began. In September of 1940, when the National Guard was federalized, he became part of the U.S. Army. He went to Camp Blanding, FL...
    • Oral history interview with Martin Gonzales recorded on 2009 Nov. 13

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- California -- Interviews; B-24 bomber; United States. Air Force;
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Martin Gonzales was drafted into the U.S. Army while working in a shipyard in Los Angeles, Ca. He went to Miami Beach, Fla. for basic training, and then tested into Officer Candidate School. He did not want...
    • Oral history interview with Thomas Spada recorded 2007 Oct. 19

    • Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Prisoners of war -- Korea (North);
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Thomas Spada was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. He had moved to Winsted, Ct from Italy just two years earlier. He went to four months of basic training at Fort Dix, NJ before going to Seattle, Washington...
    • Oral history interview with Morton N. Katz recorded 2006 Nov. 15

    • Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945; Wobbelin (Concentration Camp); World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews;
    • Interview conducted by Erin Carll. Morton N. Katz was commissioned into the U.S. Army through the reserves program in 1940. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was ordered to attend training in Fort Benning, Ga. He completed infantry training...
    • Oral history interview with Hank Riccio recorded 2010 Jun. 2

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives, American; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Guadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands,...
    • Interview conducted by Jeanne Marie Christie. Hank Riccio enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor was bombed. He chose the Marines, because they were the “best”. He went to basic training at Parris Island (S.C.) and then...
    • Oral history interview with Donald A. Graham recorded on 2009 Apr. 15

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Navy; United States. Navy -- Boats; Disabled American Veterans;
    • Interview conducted by Jim Lyko. Donald A. Graham joined the U.S. Navy in 1944, and attended his basic training at Sampson Naval Base in New York State. He was shipped to North Africa near Algiers, and then volunteered for a specialized outfit,...

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