Interview discussing Mr. Smith’s service during World War II in Italy, Sicily and North Africa, focusing on his experiences as a Forward Artillery observer.
This interview covers Mr. Melanson’s service as a machine gunner with the 45th Division in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. He is a recipient of the Silver Star.
Interview discussing Mr. Mateer’s service in the U.S. Air Force during World War II in Italy and North Africa, focusing particularly on his experiences as an aircraft and engine mechanic.
Paul Hasgill grew up in Natick and worked several part-time jobs before the war, including caddying at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland. Drafted in late 1942, he trained to be a radio operator and was attached to the Signal Corps. Trained in Boston, he was stationed at Atlantic City and Newport News until he shipped out to North Africa and Italy. The closest he came to the enemy is when the Germans would jam the signals while he was transmitting and this resulted in permanent hearing loss. In 1945 he shipped out en route to the Pacific, but his transport was stopped at the Panama Canal when the war was over. Discharged in 1945 with the rank of corporal, he was anxious to return home, but considered it an honor to have helped end the war.
Interview discussing Mr. Gore’s World War II Army service in the Quartermaster Corps in North Africa, Italy, the Philippines and Japan.
Having learned Morse Code and Semaphore in Boy Scout Camp, Larry Foster was a perfect match for Navy Signalmen during World War II. Entering the service right out of high school, his duties took him to France, North Africa, India, the Caribbean, Cuba and Aruba on cargo tanker convoys carrying everything from fuel to tanks and jeeps. He recalls one particularly harrowing experience when the tanker, SS Elizabeth Kellogg, was torpedoed and sunk by a German sub. Larry spent 36 hours at sea covered in oil awaiting rescue. Larry speaks with candor and thoughtfulness of the loss of life, his recovery, his Purple Heart and his time on the tankers and ocean-going tugs.
Interview discussing Mr. Fagan’s service as a surgical technician with the Third Infantry Division, Third Medical Battalion in North Africa and Europe during World War II.
This interview covers Mr. Cohen’s service in the amphibious forces, landing ship medium and large, in North Africa, the South Pacific, Okinawa and Korea.