Albert Souza

 

Albert Souza remembers the end of World War II, growing up in the 1950s, the Camelot years of John F. Kennedy, when the Beatles performed in Boston, and the turmoil during Vietnam and Watergate. In 1961, Souza was married with a child on the way when he came close to being drafted into the Army during the Berlin crisis.

 

This interview was recorded by students at UMass-Lowell.

 

Walter Gilbert

U.S. Army, 1943-45

 

Walter Gilbert was born and raised in Cambridge. While a student at Northeastern University, he enlisted in the Army Reserve Corps, and was called up in 1943. Gilbert served in the 104th Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Division as a platoon sergeant. He would see action in France, Luxembourg and Belgium, and would earn a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and the French Legion of Honor for his service.

 

 

Walter Gilbert with his medals, 2018

David Gaulin

U.S. Army, 1954-57

 

David Gaulin entered the U.S. Army in 1954 as a way to stay out of jail. He trained as a tank driver, and was stationed in Furth in West Germany. When he was sent to the border at Czechoslovakia, he helped several civilians fleeing the Soviets. While he was heading back to the United States, Gaulin witnessed the sinking of the Andrea Doria.

 

Harold Eckman

 

Harold Eckman was born in Worcester, the son of immigrants. He attended Clark University in Worcester, and joined the U.S. Army Reserve Corps in 1942. Eckman would eventually head to Europe as part of the 94th Infantry Division, where he served as mail orderly, delivering (and sometimes censoring) mail for his company.

 

James Zographos

 

James Zographos had just graduated from the Mass. College of Pharmacy when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Initially assigned to the infantry, Zographos would transfer to the Army Air Force, where he became a bombardier on board a B-17. Assigned to the 8th Air Force, he flew 50 missions, was wounded twice, and would be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.

This interview was recorded at the International Museum of World War II-Boston.

 

 

Ronald “Chuck” Tiberio

 

Chuck Tiberio enlisted in the Army in 1968 to avoid being drafted. A brand-new college graduate who majored in mathematics, Tiberio went into artillery because that’s where he believed he could put his math skills to good use. He would spend most of 1969 in South Vietnam with Alpha Battery, 7th Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 54th Artillery Group. Although never in direct contact with the enemy, Tiberio talked about his unit being hit with mortar rounds.

 

George Snow

 

In June 1948, 10 days after graduating from Holliston High School, George Snow joined the U.S. Navy. He was trained in electronics, and would spend the next 21 years as a petty officer/technician at various stations, including the 1st Naval District in Boston and with the submarine service in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean.

 

 

 

Frank “Chip” Sinclair

 

Frank “Chip” Sinclair grew up in Natick, and joined the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating from Natick High School in 1970. He would become a machinist’s mate on board the USS Little Rock and USS Capodanno. Sinclair also served 16 years in the Army National Guard.

 

 

USS Little Rock

 

Engine room, USS Little Rock

 

USS Capodanno

Michael Rush

 

Mike Rush grew up in West Roxbury with a strong military tradition; relatives on both sides of the family served in the military, especially the Navy. Rush would join the Navy in 1994 while a student at Providence College. He started with a Naval construction battalion (SeaBees), and would eventually move into military intelligence. At the time of the interview, Rush was a state Senator and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

 

 

Mike Rush speaking at Memorial Day ceremonies in Dover, Mass.

 

Mike Rush in Iraq

 

Mike Rush, left, in his Navy whites