• Charles R. Rogers
      In Army, European, WWII
      U.S. Army 1941–1946   Charles Rogers joined the U.S. Army in December 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He trained as an artillery officer and was assigned to the 44th Infantry Division, 7th Army, in France, Germany and Austria. As a ...
    • Kari Otto
      In Afghanistan, Army, Bosnia, Natick
        Kari Otto joined the Army in the 1980s as a way to help pay for college. From ROTC at Colorado State University to garrison commander at Natick Labs, Otto tells of her experiences as a combat engineer helping to build base camps in Belize, ...
    • Paul Leahey
      In Army, WWII
      U.S. Army 1943–1945   Paul Leahey grew up in Worcester and joined the US Army when he turned 18, before he graduated from high school. He trained as a rifleman and was assigned to the 28th Infantry, 112th Regiment. He took part in the battle of ...
    • John Paul Hayes
      In Army, European, WWII
      U.S. Army 1943–1945   John Hayes entered the U.S. Army in June 1943, right after graduating from Cathedral High School in Boston. He served as a rifleman in K Company, 143rd Infantry, 36th Division, and saw action in Italy and southern France. ...
    • Harold Lohr
      In Army, European, WWII
      U.S. Army 1939–1945   Interview discussing Rev. Lohr’s Army service as a heavy weapons platoon leader in France, Germany and Austria during World War II.   View in catalog   Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading......
    • Dawn Ross
      In Cold War, Massachusetts, Navy
        Dawn Ross was born in a family where military service was valued – her father and brother both served long terms in the Navy. She joined the Navy in 1981 and helped track Russian submarines in the Pacific. She remains a strong proponent for ...
    • Arthur Palladino
      In European, USAF, WWII
      U.S. Air Force 1942–1945   While growing up in Revere, Arthur Palladino wanted to fly planes. He would serve in the Army Air Force as a bombardier and armaments officer. After 21 missions, his plane was shot down; he would be captured by the ...
    • John F. Linehan
      In Army, European, Navy, WWII
      U.S. Army 1941–1948   Since childhood John Linehan wanted to be in the military. While at Maine’s Bates College, he was accepted at Annapolis but due to eyesight issues, received a medical discharge. He promptly enlisted in the Army. While with ...
    • Marcia Bloom Zwecher
      In Stateside, USA, WWII
      U.S. Army 1943–1945   Marcia Bloom answered the call for women to serve and spent 2 1/2 years in the Women’s Army Corps. A shy young woman, she learned how to handle herself in whatever assignments she was given, from drum corps to ...
    • Catherine “Kit” Symonds
      In Navy, Stateside, WWII
      U.S. Navy 1944–1945   As a Yeoman 1st class in the Navy during World War II, Kit Symonds performed clerical work in Key West, Fla., and Washington, D.C. She talks about her role in helping to find housing for servicemen and their families in ...