• Lillian M. Boyd
      In Homefront, Massachusetts, WWII
        Like many women of her generation, Lillian Boyd worked in a factory during World War II. Raised in Waltham, Mass., she could walk to the Waltham Watch Company, where she worked making radium watches for the troops. Lillian reminisces about ...
    • Harry Westcott
      In Army, European, WWII
      U.S. Army 1943–1946   Harry Westcott was drafted into the Army in 1943, shortly before his 19th birthday. He was assigned to the 75th Infantry Division and became known as the “guy that carried the radio,” accompanying the ...
    • Kenneth Pitts
      In Afghanistan, Army, Army NG, Natick
        Ken Pitts grew up as an “Army brat,” moving every three years to new postings, including Panama and West Germany. Shortly after he joined the Army in 1989, Pitts would return to Panama, this time as part of “Operation Just Cause,” the ...
    • Raymond Hoyt
      In Marines, Pacific, WWII
      U.S. Marine Corps 1942–1946   Raymond Hoyt joined the Marines in June 1942 at the age of 17. Sent to the Pacific, he served in the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Espiritu Santo and Hawaii cleaning and repairing artillery and ...
    • Winston E. “Pat” Flynn
      In Army, European, Korea, USA, Vietnam, WWII
      “Pat” Flynn joined the Army in 1943, wanting to join the 10th Mountain Division as a skier. Instead, he was trained for combat infantry. He served with the 157th Infantry Regiment, and saw action in Italy and France. After the war, he stayed a ...
    • Guy Schrag
      In European, USAF, WWII
      U.S. Army 1943–1970   Like so many of his generation, Guy Schrag wanted to join the service and help the war effort and, attracted to the romance of flying, joined the Army Air Force. He was called to active duty in February 1943 after more ...
    • Mathias J. Leupold
      In European, USAF, WWII
      U.S. Army 1939–1945   Interview discussing Mr. Leupold’s service as a navigator with the United States Army’s 8th Air Force, 385th bombardment group during World War II in Europe.     View in catalog   Share ...
    • Joe Bonavire
      In European, Navy, Pacific, WWII
      U.S. Navy 1942–1952   Joseph Bonavire joined the U.S. Navy in early 1942. His 10-year service included three years on board the oil tanker the USS Chicopee, where he served as a gunner’s mate. He served in the Atlantic and Pacific ...
    • William N. Eckerson
      In Marines, Pacific, WWII
      U.S. Marine Corps 1939–1945   With 20 of his classmates, Bill Eckerson wanted to enlist in the Marines right after the attack on Pearl Harbor, but was sent back to Colgate College. After graduation in 1943, he was called up and sent to Parris ...
    • Isadore Cutler
      In Army, European, WWII
      U.S. Army 1939–1945   Interview discussing Mr. Cutler’s service with the Army’s 17th Signal Battalion in Europe during World War II. Mr. Cutler was a heavy truck operator who participated in the Normandy Invasion. Later he helped ...