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    World War II Veteran Harlan Twible Oral History Interview

    U.S. Navy veteran Harlan Twible recounted being a young officer on the USS Indianapolis after it was sunk in shark-infested waters by two Japanese torpedoes. The crew had just delivered…

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    Benjamin Schleider Interview 6th Armored Division in World War II Europe

    World War II veteran Benjamin Schleider discussed his experiences with the 6th Armored Division in the European theater, including fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Schleider served as an…

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    Clinton Gardner Oral History Interview

    World War II veteran Clinton Gardner shared stories of his experience in the European theater of the war. Injured during the D-Day invasion, he would rejoin his division after recovering…

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    World War II Veteran Eugene DiSabatino Oral History Interview

    World War II Army veteran Eugene DiSabatino talked about his assignment to the Manhattan Project, which included being stationed at Los Alamos and accompanying the second bomb to Japan.…

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    Norman Hatch Oral History Interview, Part 2

    World War II veteran Norman Hatch talked about his time serving as a cameraman for the Marine Corps. Mr. Hatch supervised part of the team that recorded the second flag-raising on Mount…

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    Norman Hatch Oral History Interview, Part 1

    World War II veteran Norman Hatch talked about his time serving as a cameraman for the Marine Corps. He captured footage during the November 1943 Battle of Tarawa that helped the Marines…

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    Harold Berkman Oral History Interview

    Harold Berkman served in the U.S. Army’s 80th infantry division during World War II, including time under the command of General George Patton. He recalled his experiences fighting in the…

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    James Salerno Oral History Interview

    James Salerno joined the Marine Corps before the attack on Pearl Harbor and served through the end of World War II. He discusses his time in the Pacific theater, including fighting in the…

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    George Morgan World War II D-Day Interview

    World War II veteran George Morgan talked about his assignment with a Naval Combat Demolition Unit (NCDU), considered the forerunner of the Navy SEALs. Mr. Morgan reflected on his training in…

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    Opal Grapes D-Day Oral History Interview

    World War II Army Nurse Corps veteran Opal Grapes talked about providing medical care to American soldiers who were wounded on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and how she learned to keep her emotions under…

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    David Roderick World War II D-Day Interview

    World War II veteran David Roderick talked about landing on Utah Beach on D-Day - June 6, 1944 - and the casualties in the following days. He also reflected on liberating Paris on August 25, 1944, as a…

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    Elmo Bell WWII D-Day Interview

    World War II veteran Elmo Bell was with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 505th Infantry Regiment on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He talked about parachuting into Normandy after his plane was hit by enemy fire, and…

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    John Raaen D-Day Oral History Interview

    World War II veteran John Raaen was with the U.S. Army’s 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion on D-Day - June 6, 1944. He described how his company was diverted from Pointe du Hoc to Omaha Beach, and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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