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  • Senator Daniel Akaka Oral History Interview
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    Senator Daniel Akaka Oral History Interview

    Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) talked about growing up in Hawaii, witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor, and how that event affected native Hawaiians and led to the Senator’s service in the…

    91 views
  • Pearl Harbor Oral Histories Part 2
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    Pearl Harbor Oral Histories, Part 2

    Crewmen of the USS Arizona who survived the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, spoke to National Park Service interviewers about their experiences in the attack and their…

    333 views
  • Pearl Harbor Oral Histories Part 1
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    Pearl Harbor Oral Histories, Part 1

    Veterans and survivors of the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii spoke to National Park Service interviewers about their experiences in the attack and their impressions of the…

    747 views
  • Murray Peshkin Oral History Interview
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    Murray Peshkin Oral History Interview

    Murray Peshkin talked about working at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project during World War II. He also talked about the spies who infiltrated the site as well as safety concerns for the…

    242 views
  • Dieter Gruen Oral History Interview
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    Dieter Gruen Oral History Interview

    Dieter Gruen talked about working in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on the Manhattan Project. He recalled graduating from Northwestern University and joining the Manhattan Project. He also spoke…

    185 views
  • Seth Wheatley Oral History Interview
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    Seth Wheatley Oral History Interview

    Seth Wheatley recalled living and working in the secret city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the site set up in 1942 to create a plutonium and uranium enrichment plant for the U.S. government in…

    149 views
  • Peggy Bowditch Oral History Interview
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    Peggy Bowditch Oral History Interview

    Margaret “Peggy” Bowditch talked about growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, next door to J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, who became known as the “father of the atomic…

    178 views
  • Robert Furman Oral History Interview
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    Robert Furman Oral History Interview

    Robert Furman talked about his work on the Manhattan Project during World War II. He served as an assistant to project director General Leslie Groves. Mr Furman recalled going behind enemy lines…

    180 views
  • Manhattan Project Oral History Interview
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    Manhattan Project Oral History Interview

    Cindy Kelly, director of the Atomic Heritage Foundation, talked about the Voices of the Manhattan Project.

    271 views
  • Val Fitch Oral History Interview
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    Val Fitch Oral History Interview

    Val Fitch talked about his work on the Manhattan Project and his time in Los Alamos, New Mexico, during World War II. After working on the timing apparatus of the atomic bomb, he was sent…

    173 views
  • Representative Ralph Hall DTX Oral History Interview
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    Representative Ralph Hall Oral History Interview

    Representative Ralph Hall (D-TX) talked about his enlistment in the Navy during World War II and his experiences as a pilot on aircraft carriers. Representative Hall was a lieutenant in the…

    91 views
  • Senator Daniel Akaka Oral History Interview
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    Senator Daniel Akaka Oral History Interview

    Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, the first U.S. Senator with Native Hawaiian ancestry, was an eyewitness to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and served during World War II with the U.S. Army…

    131 views