World War II - Europe and at Home

Robert Jagers

Bob Jagers – AE: Mines and Appendicitis

Watch as Bob Jagers recalls the time a British air carrier nearly ran into a mine and on this same trip he developed appendicitis and nearly lost his life due to a careless surgeon. CLICK HERE to see the full Oral history.

Jim & Peg Ong

Jim & Peg Ong – AE: PWE

Jim and Peg Ong talk about the Prisoner of War Enclosure that Jim worked at during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jim & Peg Ong

Jim & Peg Ong – AE: Night Patrol

Jim and Peg Ong talk about an experience Jim had while on night patrol during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jim & Peg Ong

Jim & Peg Ong – AE: Conditions in the Field

Jim and Peg Ong talk about what the conditions were like while fighting in the field during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ruth & Wally Cowan

Ruth & Wally Cowan – AE: WWII Pilot

Ruth and Wally Cowan talk about Wally’s experiences flying during WWII. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

S.D. Houston

S.D. Houston – AE: Merchant Marines Convoy

S.D. Houston talks about some of the scary moments he experienced during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Gerry Romanik

Gerry Romanik – AE: Pearl Harbor

Gerry Romanik remembers the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Lois Goldberg

Lois Goldberg – AE: Pearl Harbor

Lois Goldberg recalls hearing about the attack on Pearl Harbor. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Dean Willis

Dean Willis – AE: Honor Flight

Dean Willis took an honor flight trip to Washington DC with other Veterans. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bob Warren

Bob Warren – AE: D-Day

Bob Warren talks about how he learned that he was being sent on a mission in anticipation for D-Day. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Rozina Valimsky

Rozina Vlasimski – AE: German Occupation

Rozina Vlaminski grew up in Prague and experiences the German occupation and the post war take over by the communists. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Mike Tinghitella

Mike Tinghitella – AE: VJ Day

Mike Tinghitella recalls celebrating VJ Day with a Brooklyn block party. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Carl Taber

Carl Taber – AE: 7th Medical Supply Depot

Carl Taber served in North Africa, Italy and France during World War II with the 7th Medical Supply Depot. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Renee Stanley

Renee Stanley – AE: London

Renee Stanley, as a young child, was evacuated out of London in 1939. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

John Terry Smith MD

Dr. John Terry Smith – AE: USS Indianapolis

Dr. John Smith relates the story of the USS Indianapolis that brought atomic bomb components to Guam and was then sunk by a Japanese torpedo. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Morris Shaw

Morris Shaw – AE: B-17

Morris Shaw was a waist gunner on a B-17 in World War II, and he took a picture of his wingman right at the moment the wingman was his by German anti-aircraft fire. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Patricia Robinson

Patricia Robinson – AE: France

Patricia Robinson was in France for study when World War II broke out. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Henry Hank Richards

Henry “Hank” Richards – AE: France

Hank Richards came of age in France, during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Prindible

Bill Prindible – AE: Close Call

Bill Prindible talks about how his plane was hit with an anti-aircraft shell that miraculously never exploded. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Prindible

Bill Prindible – AE: Navigation Technology

Bill Prindible remembers the primitive navigation technology of the troop carrier planes of World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bernice Press

Bernice Press – AE: Navy Nurse

Bernice Press recalls her time as a nurse during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Hal Power

Hal Power – AE: POW Escape

Hal Power tells the story of how he as a Prisoner of War and how he escaped, and what happened to him after he was able to escape. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ito Perl

Seinwil “Ito” Perl – AE: U-Boat Survivors

Ito Perl talks about how his father would clothe U-Boat accident victims during WWII. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

John Niland

John Niland – AE: Saving Private Ryan

John Niland found out that the movie “Saving Private Ryan” was about his uncle during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Edward Charles Morrison

Edward Charles Morrison – US Savings Bonds

Edward Morrison used to save dimes to buy US Savings Bonds. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Gigi McWhirter

Mary Gene “Gigi” McWhirter – AE: Wartime Newspaper

Gigi McWhirter talks about how during the war, everyone would gather around the newspaper to hear about the death tolls. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Gigi McWhirter

Mary Gene “Gigi” McWhirter – AE: Battle of the Bulge

Gigi McWhirter’s husband was a paratrooper in WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Georgette McGarrah

Georgette Moller McGarrah – AE: Enigma Machine

Georgette Moller McGarrah worked for the British Admiralty during World War II operating a German code breaking machine – the Enigma Machine. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Liesel Masek

Elizabeth “Liesel” Masek – AE: East and West Germany

Liesel Masek talks about her experience in East Germany as a child, and how West Germany was having a completely different experience. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

John Lucky Luckadoo

John “Lucky” Luckadoo – AE: Bloody 100th

Lucky Luckadoo was a member of the “Bloody 100th” the 100th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Robert Lamb

Robert “Bob” Lamb – AE: IBM

Bob Lamb’s mother received financial aid from IBM while his father was in the service during WWII. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Robert Lamb

Robert “Bob” Lamb – AE: WWI & WWII

Bob Lamb’s grandfather served in WWI and died in a torpedo attack during WWII. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Eileen Kreisler

Eileen Kreisler – AE: Air Raid Drill

Eileen Kreisler retells her mother’s account of air raid drills in New York City during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Sam Kogutt

Sam Kogutt – AE: Battle of the Bulge

Sam Kogutt’s unit was sent to reinforce the allies in the Battle of the Bulge. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Edward Kersten

Edward Kersten – AE: Integration of the Army

Edward Kersten talks about the most significant moment for him during his service in World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Brad Keith

Brad Keith – AE: German Underground

Brad Keith relates the story of the German underground rescuing his uncle during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bonny Joy

Bonnie Joy – AE: Return from War

Bonnie Joy recounts seeing her uncle arriving home from World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Alex Jonas

Alex Jonas – AE: Flu in the War

Alex Jonas recalls how the flu saved his life during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Clare Islip

Clare Islip – AE: London Evacuation

Clare Islip was evacuated from London in anticipation of air raids. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ward Hughes

Ward Hughes – AE: 82nd Airborne Infantry

Ward Hughes was a member of the 82nd Airborne Infantry in a Glider Regiment and was in the Battle of the Bulge. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jim Graham

Jim Graham – AE: B-17

Jim Graham recounts his scariest moments flying a B-17 in World War II, and talks about 720 Warren. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Paul J Fouts 2

Paul Fouts – AE: Mussolini

Paul Fouts and his partner came upon the mob just after they killed and hung Italian Prime Minister Mussolini in the village square. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ralph Dugger

Ralph Dugger- AE: FDR Fireside

Ralph Dugger recalls FDR’s fireside chats. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Lowell Culver

Lowell Culver – AE: Friday the 13th

Lowell Culver’s next to last bombing mission over Germany convinced him that Friday the 13th is not an unlucky day. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Marjorie Corbin

Marjorie Corbin – AE: Close Call

Marjorie Corbin talks about her husband’s close call during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Howard Cohen

Howard Cohen – AE: Parachute Belts

Howard Cohen’s father was commissioned to make parachute belts during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full oral history

George Brewer

George Brewer – AE: Too Much Turkey

George Brewer talks about how his experience was eating turkey during the war. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

George Brewer

George Brewer – AE: Army Horses

George Brewer talks about how he took care of horses during the war, and the importance of horses to the generals. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Evan Blakely DDS 2

Evan Blakely – AE: Fox Hole

Evan Blakely was at an air base during WWII in France in support of the Battle of the Bulge when he learned the value of a deep fox hole. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Joseph Berg Jr

Joseph Berg Jr. – AE: World War II Service

Joseph Berg’s grandmother had a unique concern about Joe’s service in World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Dave Andres

Dave Andres – AE: D-Day

Dave Andres has the letter that General Eisenhower sent to the troops on the eve of D-Day. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Huber

Bill Huber – AE: USS Iowa

Bill Huber was aboard the USS Iowa ferrying President Roosevelt to North Africa when the ship was almost sunk by friendly fire. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Steve Hart

Steve Hart – AE: Bradley, Patton, & Eisenhower

Steve Hart tells about how he flew Eisenhower and how he was just like a father to him CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History!

Dottie Winchester

Dottie Winchester – AE: Auschwitz Liberator

Dottie Winchester’s husband, Rush, was a Liberator of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and her relatives lives in East Germany, behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Melvin Waters

Melvin Waters – AE: Bergen Belsen Liberator

Melvin Waters was one of the first liberators to arrive at the Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Reverend Wilson Canafax

Wilson Canafax – AE: Army Chaplain

Reverend Wilson Canafax was a chaplain with the US Army at the end of the war in Germany, and was the first US soldier to enter the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History.

Charles Alford

Charles Alford – Battle of the Bulge

Charles Alford was in the Battle of the Bulge and was a Liberator. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Dr George Sibley

George Sibley – AE: Orthopedic Surgeon

George Sibley lost an eye in World War I, and then used the GI bill to go to medical school and become an Orthopedic Surgeon. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Alan Waters

Alan Waters – AE: Glenn Miller

Alan Waters was the public relations agent for Glenn Miller and the military band he formed. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History