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    • Donald J. Perrault's journal

    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American; War diaries
    • Donald J. Perrault's journal of the time he spent in Vietnam. The date of the first entry is Oct. 8, 1968, and the last entry is Oct. 4,1969.
    • Oral history interview with Elliott Gardner recorded 2007 Apr. 16

    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews;
    • Interview conducted by Allison Kinard. Elliott Gardner was drafted into the U.S. Army on May 7th, 1944. He went to basic training at Fort Dix, NJ and then had additional training in communications at Fort Garden, GA and Fort Campbell, KY. He was...
    • Oral history interview with Phillip C. Lopez recorded 2009 Jun. 16

    • Iraq War, 2003- -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Improvised explosive devices -- Iraq;
    • Interview conducted by Americo Zea. Phillip Lopez joined the U.S. Army while living in Los Angeles, Ca. He didn’t think his prospects for college were very good, and decided that a career in the military was a good opportunity for him. He went...
    • Oral history interview with Edward J. McKenna recorded 2007 Jan. 17

    • Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives, American; United States. Army -- Postal service
    • Interview conducted by Amy Arsenault. Edward J. McKenna was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952, at the age of 20. He went to Fort Dix, NJ for basic training, and then went on to advanced infantry training. He also attended the Defense Language...
    • Oral history interview with Louis A. Bianco on 2005 Dec. 11

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area; United States. Navy -- Postal Service; U.S.S. John W. Weeks (DD-701)
    • Interview conducted by Arianne Salcito. Louis A. Bianco was drafted on his 18th birthday, and travelled to New Haven, with some friends from Waterbury, to undergo tests and a physical. He was able to join the U.S. Navy, and in January of 1944,...
    • Oral history interview with Gladys C. Donovan recorded 2006 Nov. 24

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Women; Women and the military; United States. Army. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps; Military discharge;
    • Interview conducted by Brett Bloom. Gladys Donovan was living in East Hartford, CT when she decided to enlist in the United States Army. She wanted to do her part to help the war effort. She was sent to basic training in Fort Oglethorpe, GA, and...
    • Oral history interview with Alfred J. Palombizio recorded 2007 Jan. 17

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Okinawa Island; United States. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323; Lindberg, Charles A., 1902-1974; Kadena...
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Alfred J. Palombizio enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942. He had wanted to be a marine since childhood. He went to Parris Island for his basic training, which he described as very difficult. ...
    • Oral history interview with Lawrence A. "Mike" Busha recorded 2004 Mar. 18

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Okinawa Island; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Marine Corps;
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Busha enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on September 1, 1943. He chose the Marine Corps because of its reputation for "being the best", according to Busha. After basic training on Parris Island (SC), Busha...
    • Oral history interview with Champa Nankati recorded 2010 Jun. 3

    • Laos. Royal Lao Army; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal narratives, Lao; Concentration camps; Pathet Lao;
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Champa Nankati fought with the Royal Lao Army during the Vietnam War. He joined in 1967, and worked undercover for both the Laotian and United States Army in Burma, helping to discover the amount and the...
    • Oral history interview with Nicholas Czunas recorded 2004 Jan. 22

    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- Connecticut; Hungary -- History -- Revolution, 1956; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American;
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Czunas immigrated at the age of 17 to the U.S. after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution was suppressed by the Soviet Army. He reports being active in the armed resistance to the Soviet invasion. He escaped by walking...
    • Oral history interview with Edward J. Bartek recorded 2006 Apr. 5

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean; World War, 1939-1945 -- Medical care; United States. Navy -- Electrician's mates ; Veterans -- United...
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Edward J. Bartek enlisted in the U.S. Navy, in 1939, at the age of 18 after spending two years in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He joined the navy in order to see the world, but in fact spend the majority...
    • 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 John F. Croce recorded 2010 Jul. 15

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Iwo Jima; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Mariana Islands; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Marshall...
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. John F. Croce enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 while he was a sophomore in college. He went to basic training at Parris Island (S.C.), and then radio school at Camp Lejeune (N.C.). He was then sent to...
    • Oral history interview with Joseph S. Kulmacz recorded 2004 Nov. 22

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Philippines; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Navy; Martin PBM-5 Mariner (Seaplane);
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Kulmacz enlisted in the U.S. Navy in early 1943. Before enlisting in the Navy he worked at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford, CT where he became familiar with working on aircraft. Due to his work experience...
    • Oral history interview with Linda S. Schwartz recorded 2004 Apr. 14

    • Women and the military; Women veterans; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Women; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Air Force;
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Linda Schwartz enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1967, after graduating from nursing school. One reason she joined was an article she had read in Reader's Digest about flight nurses. She went to Sheppard...
    • 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 Richard G. Smith recorded on 2004 Sept. 21

    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- Connecticut; United States. Marine Corps; Basic training (Military education); Military reconnaissance; Radio operators
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Richard Smith enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1966 after a semester of college. He joined for a variety of reasons. Smith had his basic training on Parris Island (SC) which he vividly remembers...

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