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[Transcript: Memoir of Cornelia Garner]

Description: Transcript of handwritten notes written by Cornelia Garner describing what she remembers of moving to Texas as a child, living on a farm in Navarro County, managing a ranch and making cloth during the Civil War, and various other details that she remembered. There are notes and annotations added to the end for clarification.
Date: 2019
Creator: Treadwell, Cornelia Evelyn Garner
Partner: UNT Libraries

Oral History Interview with Edmund Thomassen, May 4, 1993

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Edmund Thomassen. Thomassen entered the Merchant Marine Academy in October, 1941 and completed his education in April, 1943. When Thomassen was assigned to the USS Sheridan (APA-51), Eddie Albert was one of his shipmates. He went to New Zealand and embarked Marines ahead of the Tarawa invasion and discusses the practice landings. At Tarawa, he delivered Marines to the shore in a small landing craft. He also delivered Marines to R… more
Date: May 4, 1993
Creator: Thomassen, Edmund
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Agadito Silva

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Agaito Silva. Silva was inducted into the US Army in January 1941. Trained in anti-aircraft guns at Fort Bliss, Texas he was assigned to the 200th Coast Artillery. Several months later the unit was shipped to Fort Stotsenberg, Luzon, Philippines. He describes the Japanese attack on 8 December 1941 and the serious shortages of food and medical supplies that developed. He tells of retreating to Corregidor and of being wounded … more
Date: June 12, 2003
Creator: Silva, Agadito
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with David Ellis, September 21, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with David Ellis. Ellis was born on 8 March 1918 in Big Spring, Texas and enlisted in the Army in 1936. He went to Officer Candidate School, where he was trained in intelligence. His first duty station was in Hawaii, where he was assigned to the Navy’s Central Pacific Command by mistake. Next he was sent to Okinawa as a platoon leader in the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. On Okinawa, Ellis was wounded and evacuate… more
Date: September 21, 2001
Creator: Ellis, David
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Philip Cochran, October 21, 1975

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Philip Cochran. Cochran joined the Army Air Corps in 1936 as an aviation cadet. He flew fighters off the British aircraft carrier HMS Archer (D78) against targets in North Africa. Later in the war, he was transferred to Burma to help plan the air portion of the invasion with the First Air Commando Task Force. He was back in Europe making similar plans when the war ended.
Date: October 21, 1975
Creator: Cochran, Philip G
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Rufus Johnson, March 27, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Rufus Johnson. He begins the interview with a summary of his life. Rufus Winfield Johnson was born in Montgomery County, Maryland in 1911. He was in the ROTC at Howard University. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1934 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserves. In 1939 he received his LLB degree from the Howard University School of Law. He shares stories from his time working in the White House as lif… more
Date: March 27, 2005
Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes 09 seconds
Creator: Johnson, Rufus
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with David Ellis, September 21, 2001

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with David Ellis. Ellis was born on 8 March 1918 in Big Spring, Texas and enlisted in the Army in 1936. He went to Officer Candidate School, where he was trained in intelligence. His first duty station was in Hawaii, where he was assigned to the Navy’s Central Pacific Command by mistake. Next he was sent to Okinawa as a platoon leader in the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. On Okinawa, Ellis was wounded and evacuate… more
Date: September 21, 2001
Duration: 2 hours 3 minutes 07 seconds
Creator: Ellis, David
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Rufus Johnson, March 27, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Rufus Johnson. He begins the interview with a summary of his life. Rufus Winfield Johnson was born in Montgomery County, Maryland in 1911. He was in the ROTC at Howard University. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1934 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserves. In 1939 he received his LLB degree from the Howard University School of Law. He shares stories from his time working in the White House as lif… more
Date: March 27, 2005
Creator: Johnson, Rufus
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Dave Hollis, November 12, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Dave Hollis. Hollis joined the Army Air Forces in December 1942. He had prepared for his aviation cadet examination by taking a class at the Douglas Aircraft Company, where he worked. He received basic training and pre-flight training in Santa Ana. From there he went to Meadows Field for basic flying in the Vultee BT-13 then to Luke Field with the AT-6. Upon completion he was assigned to a B-29 crew but was rotated out due t… more
Date: November 12, 2005
Duration: 25 minutes 42 seconds
Creator: Hollis, Dave
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Les Skelton, November 14, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Les Skelton. Skelton joined the military in July 1942 after being persuaded by his Polish-American college roommate to fight Nazi Germany. Being of Jewish decent and growing up in a small town with some Nazi sympathizers, Skelton was itching to fight. His training was intense, his instructors harassing him midflight to induce combat-level stress. Hoping to become a P-38 pilot, after flight training he was instead assigned to… more
Date: November 14, 2005
Duration: 1 hour 16 minutes 08 seconds
Creator: Skelton, Les
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Bill Freeman, November 10, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with William Freeman. Freeman was born in Chapman, Kansas on 5 September 1922. Upon enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1942, he was sent to Maxwell Air Force Base, Georgia for basic training. He tells the various training planes he flew prior to receiving his commission. Upon graduation he was sent to Ephrata Army Air Base, Washington where he began on the job training as the co-pilot of a B-17 bomber. Freeman recalls his various… more
Date: November 10, 2005
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 22 seconds
Creator: Freeman, Bill
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Ralph Darrow, November 12, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Ralph Darrow. Darrow joined the Army Air Forces in December of 1942. He completed Electrical Specialist School and B-29 Armament School by 1943. Darrow served with the 73rd Bombardment Wing, 500th Bombardment Group, 883rd Bombardment Squadron as a side gunner aboard a B-29. Beginning in mid-1944, they traveled to Hawaii, Kwajalein, Truk, Iwo Jima and Saipan. They completed their first combat mission against a submarine base at Tr… more
Date: November 12, 2005
Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes 58 seconds
Creator: Darrow, Ralph
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Jack Schaefer, November 10, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Jack Schaefer. Schaefer was 11 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked. While in high school, Schaefer worked part-time and contributed the entirety of his wages to the household. He accumulated war savings stamps, participated in bond drives, and collected scrap metal to support the war effort. His family supplemented their meat rations by raising rabbits. In 1950, he joined the Air Force, with a professional background in… more
Date: November 10, 2005
Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes 37 seconds
Creator: Schaefer, Jack
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Richard Hanna, November 12, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Richard Hanna. Hanna was born in Pennsylvania and joined the Marine Corps before his 18th birthday. He had basic training in California and shares a few anecdotes from that time. After he completed training, he was shipped to Pavuvu where he joined the Seventh Marines, First Marine Division. He landed on Okinawa in the eleventh wave ashore and shares many stories about combat. Hanna was eventually wounded by a Japanese hand … more
Date: November 12, 2005
Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes 51 seconds
Creator: Hanna, Richard
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Frederick Leiby, November 10, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Frederick Leiby. Leiby was born in Pennsylvania in 1923 and worked in a defense plant after finishing high school in 1941. in 1942, he passed the aviation cadet exam and was called up for active duty in January, 1943. He trained as a navigator at Selman Field, Louisiana for eight months before flying a new B-17 to North Africa. From there, Leiby went to Forge, Italy to join the 99th Bomb Group. He was shot down on his 39th m… more
Date: November 10, 2005
Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes 25 seconds
Creator: Leiby, Frederick
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Tom Anderson, February 3, 2004

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Tom Anderson. Anderson dropped out of college in 1941 and hitchhiked from Texas to San Diego. There he worked for Consolidated Aircraft, drafting plans for the B-32, B-36, and C-99. He then transferred to the Fort Worth plant, where he stayed until 1944, when he enlisted in the Navy. He was selected for radar technician training, and after boot camp he studied electronics in Chicago, followed by airborne radar training in Co… more
Date: February 3, 2004
Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes 02 seconds
Creator: Anderson, Tom
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Vernon Grim, November 11, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Vernon Grim. Grim joined the Army Air Forces in June of 1942. He volunteered as a glider pilot, and trained for one year in Pittsburgh, Kansas. He was then selected to train as an aviation cadet, and served as a B-17 pilot. In March of 1944 he deployed to England. He joined the 92nd Bombardment Group, 407th Bombardment Squadron. He completed 32 missions, including support operations for the Normandy invasion, the Battle of Saint-… more
Date: November 11, 2005
Duration: 1 hour 23 minutes 44 seconds
Creator: Grim, Vernon
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Bill Dingfelder, November 11, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Bill Dingfelder. Dingfelder joined the Army Air Forces in July of 1943. He completed Armament School in early 1944, and served as an armorer-gunner aboard a B-17. He was assigned to the 15th Air Force, 97th Bomb Group, 341st Bomb Squadron. By April of 1945, Dingfelder had completed 35 missions over Italy, France, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Yugoslavia attacking oil refineries, marshalling yards and aircraft factories. He continue… more
Date: November 11, 2005
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 05 seconds
Creator: Dingfelder, Bill
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Mildred Bauman, November 18, 2005

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Mildred Bauman. Bauman’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Germany in 1923. She was born in Brooklyn, New York in November of 1926. Her family sent her back to Germany to live with her grandparents in Berlin in 1928. Bauman grew up in Germany during the Nazi reign and was 13 years old when World War II began. Being an American citizen, Bauman endured relentless harassment from neighbors and classmates. She vividly describes her … more
Date: November 18, 2005
Duration: 45 minutes
Creator: Bauman, Mildred
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Richard Paine, March 13, 2006

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Richard Paine. Paine joined the Navy Reserves soon after 7 December 1941. He served as a photographer’s mate in charge of a photo printing lab in Washington DC. Paine briefly discusses the equipment he used. He was discharged in 1944 when he contracted a serious case of tuberculosis and took several years to recover.
Date: March 13, 2006
Duration: 24 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: Paine, Richard
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Morton Harrington, July 6, 2007

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Morton Harrington. Harrington joined the Navy in January of 1944. He completed Gunnery School and Aviation Ordnance School, learning about aircraft bombs, fuses, various caliber guns, rockets, flags, radio communication and Morse Code. Beginning February of 1945 Harrington was assigned to the USS Nehenta Bay (CVE–74), serving as a turret gunner aboard both TBF’s and TBM’s. Their ship qualified with F4-U Corsair squadrons for carr… more
Date: July 6, 2007
Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes 09 seconds
Creator: Harrington, Morton
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Thomas McCrea, July 10, 2007

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Thomas McCrea. McCrea joined the Army in September of 1943. He completed an Army Specialized Training Program in Fort Benning, Georgia. He provides vivid details of his training. He served with the 3rd Army, C Company, 1st, Battalion, 376th Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division. McCrea and his group qualified as an Expert Infantry Division. In August of 1944 they traveled to Scotland, then on to England. In September they lan… more
Date: July 10, 2007
Duration: 2 hours 14 minutes 07 seconds
Creator: McCrea, Thomas
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Robert Meyer, June 25, 2007

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Robert W. Meyer. Meyer was born in Olympia, Washington on 3 September 1924. After graduating from high school in 1942, he was drafted into the Army on 15 May 1943. He was placed into the Army Specialized Training Program. Following 13 weeks of basic training at Camp Wheeler, Georgia, he was sent to the University of Alabama for 3 months of specialized training. He was accepted for flight training, but returned to the infantr… more
Date: June 25, 2007
Duration: 2 hours 41 minutes 13 seconds
Creator: Meyer, Robert
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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