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    • 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 William J. Huebner recorded 2004 Feb. 22

    • Korean War, 1950-1953; War correspondents; United States. Army; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- New Guinea; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Philippines; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives,...
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Huebner was drafted into the U.S. Army in March of 1943 at the age of 17. He originally signed up with the Army Air Corps, but his vision deteriorated after flight training. He then volunteered for the...
    • 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 Eric A. Eaton recorded 2005 Dec. 3

    • Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Marine Corps; Infantry;
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Eric Eaton enlisted in the Marine Corps the day after his 16th birthday in 1985. Because of his young age he had to sign up for the delayed entry program, which meant that he wouldn't go to boot camp until his...
    • Oral history interview with Kevin M. Downey on 2007 Aug. 26

    • United States. Navy -- Machinist's mates; United States. Navy -- Military Life; Nuclear submarines;
    • Interview conducted by Shane Matthews. Kevin M. Downey enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2000 after graduating from high school. He chose to enlist because his father had also been in the navy, and he knew it would be a good educational experience. ...
    • Oral history interview with Thomas Bengtson recorded in 2006.

    • Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Marine Corps; Basic training (Military education);
    • Interview conducted by Chad Embry. Thomas Bengston joined the United States Marine Corps in 1974 and attended basic training in San Diego, CA. Bengston describes basic training as similar to what is seen in films that depict Marine Corps...
    • Oral history interview with Richard F. Hill recorded 2008 July 14

    • Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Navy -- Sea life; Destroyers (Warships); United Service Organizations (U.S.);
    • Interview conducted by Jim Lyko. Richard Hill enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, with his parent’s permission. Although World War II had ended, he was still anxious to join. He went to basic training at Camp Peary, Va., and from there...
    • Oral history interview with Thur Hewitt on 2006 Oct. 23

    • Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area; United States. Navy; Merchant marine -- United States; Mitchum, Robert; U.S.S. Los Angeles (Baltimore...
    • Interview conducted by Joseph Fish. Thur Hewitt wanted to join the United States Navy at the age of 16. However, because of age restrictions, he had to alter the date of birth on his birth certificate in order to join. When he was found out, the...
    • Oral history interview with William H. Phillips recorded 2006 Oct. 4

    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Military reconnaissance; Purple Heart; United States. Army. Special Forces; Tet Offensive, 1968; Ho Chi Minh Trail; Veterans -- United States -- Mental...
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. William Phillips joined the U.S. Army in 1963 at the age of 18, with the goal of having a career in the military. He attended basic training at Fort Jackson, SC which lasted for 12 weeks. He then went to Fort...
    • Oral history interview with William Dean Kleinert recorded 2003 Nov. 20

    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Tan Son Nhut Air Base; Photography, Military; Soldiers -- Drug use -- Vietnam
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Kleinert was in law school when he was given a draft date of November 20, 1968. He instead chose to enlist in the Air Force before the draft date so he could delay his enrollment. He was opposed to the...
    • Oral history interview with Nicholas J. Byrne, Jr. recorded 2010 Apr. 14

    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Marine Corps -- Infantry.;
    • Interview conducted by Daniela Signorello. Nicholas J. Byrne enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965. He went to basic training at Parris Island (S.C.), and then infantry training at Camp Lejeune (N.C.). During the interview Byrne explains...
    • 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 Veasna Rouen recorded on 2009 Jan. 14

    • War on Terrorism, 2001 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Infantry;Taliban;
    • Interview conducted by Jeanne Christie. Veasna Rouen enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1998. He describes boot camp as an experience which, in the long run, built up his self esteem. He was sent to Afghanistan after September 11, to help in...
    • Oral history interview with Mario J. Portera recorded 2008 Sep. 22

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narrative, American; United States. Army -- Military life;
    • Interview conducted by Joshua Randorf and Eileen Hirst. Mario Portera was drafted in 1942 into the U.S. Army during World War II. He was one of ten brothers, three of whom died in childhood. During World War II, all seven brothers were drafted into...
    • Oral history interview with Patrick Joseph Fay recorded on 2010 Nov. 19.

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945; Purple Heart;
    • Interview conducted by Dana Meinke. Patrick Joseph Fay was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. He had been living in Weymouth, Mass. After induction at Ft. Devens, he was sent to basic training, and then Officer Candidate School. In August of...
    • Oral history interview with Edwin M. Lavitt recorded on 2009 June 26

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; B-24 bomber; Distinguished Flying Cross (Medal);
    • Interview conducted by Gregg Cerosky. Edwin Lavitt joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He joined because of a sense of duty to his country. He went to Nashville, Tenn. for basic training, and then went to Montgomery, Ala. for pre-flight...
    • Oral history interview with George W. England recorded 2006 Apr. 8

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; B-24 bomber;World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Okinawa Island; United States. Navy. Patrol Bombing Squadron 111; United States. Navy --...
    • Interview conducted by Lisa Pereira. George W. England joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1943 and attended basic training in Sampson, NY. After basic training he continued on to Memphis, TN to train at the aviation center and naval airport. After...
    • Oral history interview with William Bormolini recorded 2008 Nov. 18

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Army Air Corps; C-47 (Transport Plane); Flight crews;
    • Interview conducted by Jim Lyko. William Bormolini joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during Christmas break in his first semester of college. He was called into active duty in May of 1943, and went to basic training in Miami Beach, Fl. He then went...
    • Oral history interview with George R. Kelley on 2006 Dec. 12

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; United States. Army Air Corps; Communications, Military; Bomb squad; B-17 bomber;
    • Interview conducted by Ryan P. Kelley. George R. Kelley enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in July of 1942 upon graduating from high school. Although he originally wanted to join the U.S. Navy, he notes that it was a positive move for...

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