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    • Oral history interview with Raymond T. Sadoski recorded 2007 Jul. 22

    • World War, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narrative, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Connecticut; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe; United States. Army; United States. Army. Special Forces; Special forces...
    • Interview conducted by Shane Matthews. Raymond Sadoski enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was 18 years old. Sadoski trained with the Horse Calvary at Fort Riley, Kansas at the time when it was still segregated. He served in Northern Africa under...
    • Group of newly initiated 'shellbacks.'

    • World War, 1939-1945; Trawls and trawling -- Military aspects; Naval ceremonies, honors, and salutes. ; Shellbacks;
    • Sailors participted in Line-crossing ceremony, which sailors were considered 'Polly wogs' prior to their maiden voyage across the equator. Once they across they were initiated as 'shellbacks.' Many sailors depicted are wearing long fake white...
    • Oral history interview with Veronica B. Bradley recorded 2010 Mar. 6

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Women; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Women veterans; United States. Marine Corps; Marvin, Lee, 1924-1987;
    • Interview conducted by Jeanne Marie Christie. Veronica Bradley was among one of the first women to join the U.S. Marine Corps. She was inspired to join by a poster she saw one day on her lunch break of a woman marine and immediately went down the...
    • Oral history interview with Dorothy K. Evarts recorded 2005 Nov. 21

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Women; United States. Navy -- Civilian employees; Military supplies;
    • Interview conducted by Pamela J. Zigmunds. Dorothy Evarts worked for the civil service branch of the U.S. Navy. She and her husband worked and lived on the Naval base in Oahu, Hawaii. She describes island life at this time, including the insects...
    • Oral history interview with Muriel A. Thompson recorded 2009 Sept. 10

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Women; United States. Army -- Civilian employees; Transportation, Military
    • Interview conducted by Jim Lyko. Muriel Thompson grew up in Palisades, New York with her widowed mother. After high school, she went to the University of Pennsylvania. The bombing of Pearl Harbor took place while she was at school, and she then...
    • Oral history interview with Audrey Lyons recorded on 2009 July 23.

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Women; United Service Organizations (U.S.);New York Naval Shipyard; Missouri (Battleship : BB 63);Victory gardens;
    • Interview conducted by Jim Lyko. Audrey Lyons grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and began working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II. She graduated high school in 1941 and began attending Brooklyn College in September of that year. In...
    • Oral history interview with Katherine V. Tierney Leahy recorded on 2005 Oct. 8

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Women; Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945; Military nursing -- United States -- History; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews;
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Katherine Leahy enlisted in the U.S. Navy, as a nurse in 1934. She lived in Bridgeport, CT at the time. Before joining the Navy she was a registered nurse working in a public hospital. She graduated with...
    • Oral history interview with Francis M. Long on 2006 Dec. 10

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Coxswain; Tokyo Rose, 1916-2006
    • Interview conducted by Mike Devin. Francis Long enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943. He went to Newport, RI for basic training, and then was transferred to Norfolk, VA, while his crew waited for their ship to be finished. Long describes...
    • Oral history interview with Franklin E. Johnson recorded 2007 Apr. 29

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy; Queen Mary (Steamship); Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945; Pneumonia; Operation Neptune
    • Interview conducted by Shawn Ingraham. Frank Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army just after his graduation from high school in 1942. Pearl Harbor had been bombed during his senior year of high school, and it was very important to him to become a...
    • Oral history interview with Mary Doyle Keefe recorded on 29 Feb. 2008

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Women -- Employment -- United States -- History -- 20th century; World War, 1939-1945 -- Women; Signs and symbols -- United States; Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978; Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978....
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Mary Doyle Keefe posed for Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter” painting at the age of 20. She grew up in Arlington, VT, where she worked with her mother at the telephone company. The Rockwell family lived...
    • Oral history interview with Ethel Smith recorded on 2009 May 29

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- New Jersey -- Interviews; Women and the military; United States. Army -- Nurses -- Interviews; Military nurses;
    • Interview conducted by Jeanne Christie. Ethel Smith joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1944 while she was working at Orange Memorial Hospital. Her parents were upset that she had joined, but she felt that she wanted to explore the world, and...
    • Oral history interview with Rita M. Potter recorded 2009 Apr. 20

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Women;
    • Interview conducted by Jeanne Christie. Rita M. Potter enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in April of 1942. She was assigned to the paymaster’s department in Washington, D.C. after undergoing basic training in North Carolina. During the...
    • Oral history interview with Albert A. D'Amico recorded 2006 Nov. 27

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Connecticut; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Okinawa...
    • Interview conducted by Eileen Hurst. Albert D’Amico was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943, but because he was too thin, they would not accept him, and sent him back home to New Britain, Ct. However, he found that the Navy would accept him, and...
    • Oral history interview with Donald G. Martin recorded 2006 Feb. 23

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean; World War, 1939-1945 -- Medical care; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives, American; United...
    • Interview conducted by Vincent Roche. Donald Martin was drafted into the U.S. Navy in the spring of 1944. He went to Bainbridge, MD for basic training, and then received an addition 12 weeks of specialized training as a navy hospital corpsman. ...
    • 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 Caleb Penniman recorded on 2009 Jan. 15.

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area; B-24 bomber; United States. Air Force -- Aerial gunners; Tokyo Rose, 1916-2006;
    • Interview conducted by Jim Lyko. Caleb Penniman enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force just after graduating high school in 1943. Since he was found to be color blind, he was unable to be a pilot, but was accepted to be part of a B-24 crew. He went...
    • Oral history interview with John J. Higgins on 2007 Oct. 22.

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- New Guinea; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Philippines; United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps;...
    • Interview conducted by Michelle Delvecchio. John J. Higgins enlisted in the Army National Guard's in May of 1940. Before he enlisted he had been part of the Civilian Conservation Corps for fifteen months. Higgins felt this was an advantage to...
    • Oral history interview with Frank Ladwig recorded 2008 Mar. 15

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe; Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945; Patton, George...
    • Interview conducted by Jim Lyko. Frank Ladwig grew up in Fargo, N. Dakota, and attended college at North Dakota University. He then received a scholarship to Harvard Business School. On his return from Harvard, in December of 1940, he received a...
    • Oral history interview with Enzo E. Orio recorded 2008 June 6

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe; Purple Heart; Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945;
    • Interview conducted by Jane Natoli. Enzo Edward Orio joined the U.S. Army in 1944. He went to basic training at Camp Polk, La. On Thanksgiving Day of 1944, Orio’s unit shipped over to England. From there they were transferred to Le Havre,...
    • Oral history interview with Constance Sullivan Collins Cain recorded 2008 Nov. 14

    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American; Veterans -- Connecticut -- Interviews; Women and the military; United States. Naval Reserve. Women's Reserve;
    • Interview conducted by Michelle Hannon. Constance Sullivan Collins Cain joined the WAVES, a branch of the U.S. Navy, in 1944 at the age of 20. She went to basic training at Hunter College in New York City, where the women underwent the rigors of...

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