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 Collection: Texas Oral History Collection
Oral History Interview with Peter Chu, November 1, 2003

Oral History Interview with Peter Chu, November 1, 2003

Date: November 1, 2003
Creator: Nichols, Chuck & Chu, Peter
Description: Interview with Peter Chu regarding his experiences in China during World War II. Peter's son Alan Chu also participates in this interview. Peter Chu discusses the Japanese occupation in Nanking (Nanjing), China in 1937 when he was 10 years old.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Rena Pederson, April 5, 2012

Oral History Interview with Rena Pederson, April 5, 2012

Date: April 5, 2012
Creator: Harding, Anne
Description: Interview with Rena Pederson, a former journalist in Dallas, Texas. The interview includes biographical information about her life growing up, her educational background, her career with The Dallas Morning News and other newspapers, the books she has written, and her work in communications and public affairs.
Contributing Partner: UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism
Oral History Interview with Richard Bennett, November 15, 2001

Oral History Interview with Richard Bennett, November 15, 2001

Date: November 15, 2001
Creator: Cox, Floyd & Bennett, Richard
Description: Interview with Richard (Dick) Bennett, a pilot during World War II. He discusses his enlistment in the Army Air Corps, basic training and flight school. He then went to a base in South Carolina to learn to fly B-25s. At Fort Myers, Florida he flew B-26 bombers and trained to fly them off of aircraft carriers so they could drop torpedos on the Japanese fleet during naval battles. He traveled across the Pacific to Brisbane only to be told that they didn't have B-26s for the crews; the colonel there knew nothing about the plan to launch B-26s from aircraft carriers, so they were sent to New Guinea to fly B-17s and supplement the crews for those bombers. From there they made bombing runs or "Washing Machine Charlie"-type runs to keep people awake at night on various Japanese targets in the islands, particularly the base at Rabaul. In fall of 1943, the Army grounded the B-17s due to the damage they had incurred and replaced them with B-24s. The men received manuals and were given only a few days to familiarize themselves with the new planes. They were then sent on bombing runs. He finished his tour of duty at ...
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Robert D. Haines, May 15, 2002

Oral History Interview with Robert D. Haines, May 15, 2002

Date: May 15, 2002
Creator: Graham, Eddie & Haines, Robert D.
Description: Interview with Robert D. Haines, an American prisoner of war during World War II. He discusses the attack on Clark Field in the Philippines on December 8, 1941, as well as his experiences on the Bataan Death March. He also tells of his time spent as a prisoner of war under the Japanese at Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan and Bilibid prison in Manila. He encountered his brother, who was a civilian internee, at Bilibid. From there, he rode on a hell ship for 39 days to a POW camp in Formosa (Taiwan). When the Americans began bombing Formosa, Haines was moved via another hell ship to Tokyo, Japan. Not long after, he was liberated and returned to San Francisco, then Denver.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Sam H. Snoddy, April 29, 2004

Oral History Interview with Sam H. Snoddy, April 29, 2004

Date: April 29, 2004
Creator: Smith, Ned & Snoddy, Sam H.
Description: Interview with Sam H. Snoddy, a U. S. Marine during World War II. He served in the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. After training, he participated in the initial landing at Saipan where he was wounded in the knees and shoulder on the beach by shell fragments. He was loaded onto a hospital ship with several other casualties before going to Hawaii to recuperate. He participated in the Okinawa campaign and spent time at Nagasaki on occupation duty. After being discharged, he went to college on the G. I. Bill, and eventually settled in Texas, where he worked in the oil industry.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Suzie Humphreys, March 15, 2012

Oral History Interview with Suzie Humphreys, March 15, 2012

Date: March 15, 2012
Creator: Randle, Garret
Description: Interview with Suzie Humphreys,a former journalist in Dallas, Texas. The interview includes biographical information about her life growing up, her educational background, her work reporting for Channel 8 and KVIL radio station, and her career as a motivational speaker.
Contributing Partner: UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism
Oral History Interview with Valentin R. Ybarra, April 29, 2004

Oral History Interview with Valentin R. Ybarra, April 29, 2004

Date: April 29, 2004
Creator: Misenhimer, Richard & Ybarra, Valentin R.
Description: Interview with Valentin R. Ybarra regarding his experiences during World War II. He discusses his wartime experiences in Peleliu and Okinawa as well as occupation duty in Japan and China. He also had an assignment in Spain. He remembers the Cuban Missile Crisis, the revolt in the Dominican Republic, and his service in Vietnam.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with Vivian Castleberry, March 29, 2012

Oral History Interview with Vivian Castleberry, March 29, 2012

Date: March 29, 2012
Creator: Guzman, Samantha
Description: Interview with Vivian Castleberry,a journalist in Dallas, Texas. The interview includes biographical information about her life growing up, her educational background, family life raising her children, and her international peace work. She also discusses her career at The Dallas Times Herald and the field of journalism.
Contributing Partner: UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism
Oral History Interview with W. A. Henderson, 2007

Oral History Interview with W. A. Henderson, 2007

Date: 2007
Creator: Johnson, Kep & Henderson, W. A.
Description: Interview with Lieutenant Col. W. A. Bill Henderson of Gatesville, Texas, who is a veteran of the United States Air Force. In the interview, Mr. Henderson answers biographical questions and talks about his military flight training, traveling, and bombing the Kwai River Bridge during World War II.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Oral History Interview with W. A. Henderson, September 20, 2003

Oral History Interview with W. A. Henderson, September 20, 2003

Date: September 20, 2003
Creator: Johnson, Kep & Henderson, W. A.
Description: Interview with W. A. (Bill) Henderson, a pilot during World War II. He discusses his time as a bombardier and navigator on a B-24 in the China-Burma-India Theater. His crew hit the bridge over River Kwai (Mae Klong) while making bombing runs along the Burma Railway and also flew runs to supply gasoline to various bases in China, India and Burma. He relates anecdotes about the food and living quarters on the bases and the time he saved his co-pilot's life. He helped his co-pilot land the plane after a bullet tore through the plane's nose wheel and injured the man's leg.
Contributing Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation