Beatrice Wadland is a lifelong resident of Melrose; she currently lives at the home where her husband grew up. The daughter of a World War I veteran, Wadland remembers growing up during the Depression, and life on the Homefront during World War II. During the war, her husband worked for General Electric, helping develop the first jet engines.
U.S. Army, 1942-46
Interview discussing Mr. Smith’s experience as a Forward Observer in World War II in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. This follow-up interview places special emphasis on battle fatigue and medical care in military hospitals.
In part two of his interview, Bill O’Brien talks about his confinement as a POW in Stalag Luft 1 (South Compound) in Barth, Germany. He talks in detail about the camp, the food, and the parcels sent by the Red Cross.
These interviews cover Mr. Abrams’ service as a B-24 bomber pilot with the 8th Air Force, 392nd Bomber Group, in England.
U.S. Army 1939–1945
Discusses Mr. Davis’ service as a heavy equipment operator in the China-Burma-India Campaign during World War II.