• World War II Project - Interviews and Memoir

    Anderson, Stuart b. 1913, Mella, George b. 1934, Stephens, Helen b. 1907

    Anderson, Stuart b. 1913, 60 mins., 15 pp. Mella, George b. 1934, 90 mins., 32 pp. Stephens, Helen b. 1907, 30 mins., 10 pp. Narrators discuss their individual experiences during WWII. George Mella di…

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  • Musch, Warren R. - Interview and Memoir

    Musch, Warren R

    Warren Musch describes his experience as a Marine Combat Intelligence Officer in the Battle of Iwo Jima and in the Pacific theater during WWII. He recalls when he heard about the attack on Pearl Harbo…

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  • Cox, Cleatus J. (Colonel) - Interview and Memoir

    Cox, Cleatus J. (Colonel) b. 1927

    Colonel Cleatus J. Cox, Army officer, discusses his West Point education; military assignments in Korea, Vietnam, Germany, and various military installations in the U.S.; changes in the military over…

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  • Brown, Douglas - Interview and Memoir

    Brown, Douglas b. 1905

    Douglas Brown discusses WWII and its impact on local businesses: war-time restrictions, war-time production, rationing, transportation, ordnance plants and military facilities in and around Springfiel…

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  • Kniss, Glen - Interview and Memoir

    Kniss, Glenn b. 1909

    Kniss recalls his experience as a prisoner of the German army during WWII. He discusses his military experiences, D-Day, capture by the Germans, internment at Stalag XIIA, living conditions during his…

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  • Waggoner, Horace Q. - Interview and Memoir

    Waggoner, Horace Q. (1924-1987)

    Waggoner, retired United States Army Air Corps Lt. Colonel, discusses his experiences during WWII: enlistment, aviation training, overseas training in England, service with the 353rd Fighter Group at…

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  • Hall, Carrol C. - Interview and Memoir

    Hall, Carrol C. (1905-1995)

    Hall, former chemistry teacher at Springfield High School, recalls homefront conditions during WWII. He recalls working as a freelance writer, military installations and prisoner of war camps, local w…

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  • Cherniavsky, Nick - Interview and Memoir

    Cherniavsky, Nick b. 1924

    Russian-born Cherniavsky discusses his youth in China: parents, education, government, and life in Shanghai; The Long March and the communist build-up in China; moving to Tsingtao and the outbreak of…

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  • Shuey, Loren 'Ted' - Interview and Memoir

    Shuey, Loren "Ted" b. 1921

    Shuey, army infantryman during WWII, discusses his experiences as a German POW: his capture in Italy; transportation to Germany; Stalags VIIA, IIB, and IIIB; Red Cross packages; guards; Russian prison…

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  • Rubin de Celis, Hugo - Interview and Memoir

    Rubin de Celis, Hugo b. 1919

    Rubin de Celis, born in Viacha, Bolivia, discusses life in his native country: childhood and family, high school, the University of San Andres in La Paz, travels, military service, WWII propaganda, re…

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  • 353rd Fighter Group's 1983 Reunion - Interviews and Memoir

    Anderson, Roy R. Briggs, Charles W., Jr. Burlingame, Gordon Cabanne, William C. Canipelli, Joseph Cope, James C. Graham, Charles Harbin, William R. Jordan, William J. Kipfer, Charles W. Martorella, Mi…

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  • Dunigan, Agnes - Interview and Memoir

    Dunigan, Agnes (Mrs. James Dunigan) (1900-1989)

    Mrs. Dunigan recalls her husband's duties on the draft board and the WWII homefront in Springfield: rationing, foods, Springfield Civil Defense, and V.J. Day.

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  • Cowden, William E., Sr. - Interview and Memoir

    Cowden, William E., Sr. (1923-2000)

    Cowden, an Army infantryman during WWII, recalls enlistment and basic training; combat in Germany; capture and experiences as a German POW; march and boxcar ride to Stalag XIIA; escape and recapture;…

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  • Catherwood, Stan - Interview and Memoir

    Catherwood, Stan b. 1921

    Catherwood discusses his WWII navy experiences: service on the U.S.S. Tide, combat experiences, shipyard work, and military duties. He also discusses his father's medal of honor from WWI, education, b…

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  • Reilly, Eugene Edmund - Interview and Memoir

    Reilly, Eugene Edmund (1910-2000)

    Reilly, a medic during the WWII, discusses his capture and experiences as a POW of the Germans at Stalag XIIA and Stalag XIB; transportation by foot and train; medical care; burial details; and libera…

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  • Schimm, Bill S. - Memoir

    Schimm, Bill S

    Bill Schimm recalls his experience as a member of the 4th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge during WWII. This personal account recalls the feelings and emotions of an 18-year-old from I…

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  • Turner, William Anson - Interview and Memoir

    Turner, William Anson b. 1919

    Turner, WWII veteran and businessman, discusses his boyhood in Petersburg, Illinois, his family, atteding Petersburg-Harris High School, and fraternity life at the University of Illinois in Urbana. He…

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  • Ciarrachi, Victor F. - Interview and Memoir

    Ciarrachi, Victor F. (1918-1999)

    Ciarrachi, U.S. Marine, discusses his enlistment, transfer to China, duties at the United States Embassy in Peking, and management of the enlisted men's club. He discusses in detail his capture by the…

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  • Handley, William - Interview and Memoir

    Handley, William (1920-1994)

    Handley recalls his experiences in North Africa during WWII, including combat near Algiers, capture at the Battle of Kassarine Pass, conditions during his internment at seven prisoner of war camps in…

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  • Fitzgerald, Andrew - Interview and Memoir

    Fitzgerald, Andrew (1908-1994)

    Fitzgerald discusses his experiences serving in the army during WWII, taking part in the landing at Anzio, Italy, capture by the Germans, internment at Stalag VIIA and Stalag IIB, conditions and treat…

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