• Richard Diaz
      In Massachusetts, Navy, Vietnam
        In 1965, Richard Diaz was not doing well in high school, so he decided to join the Navy. First trained to handle codes, he soon transferred to the “black shoe” Navy; he served on board the USS Northampton and the USS Eaton as a fire control ...
    • Thruston Hammer
      In Navy, Pacific, WWII
      U.S. Navy 1943–1946   Thruston Hammer joined the U.S. Navy’s V-12 reserve program in 1943, while a student at Yale University. He underwent midshipman training at the University of Notre Dame in 1944, and was commissioned as an ensign. Hammer ...
    • Louis J. DiCicco
      In Navy, Pacific, WWII
      U.S. Navy 1943–1945   Like many of his classmates at Natick High School, Louis DiCicco enlisted in the Navy in February 1943, a few months short of graduation. After training in fire control in Newport and San Diego, Lou was assigned to the ...
    • Roland W. Gendron
      In Korea, Marines
      U.S. Marine Corps 1950–1953   In 1950, Roland Gendron quit school at 17 and enlisted in the Marines. Amphibious warfare training at Camp LeJeune and learning discipline prepared him for action in Korea with the Motor Transport 7th Marine ...
    • John E. Jackson
      In European, USAF, WWII
      U.S. Air Force 1939–1945   Discusses Mr. Jackson’s service as a B-17 pilot with the 388 Bomb Group in the Eighth Army Air Force in Europe during World War II. View in catalog   Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading......
    • Hastings,James EJames Hastings
      In Marines, Vietnam
      U.S. Marine Corps 1967–1968   Knowing he would probably be drafted for the Vietnam Conflict, James Hastings nevertheless decided to join the Marine Corps. Training at Parris Island, he wondered “What the heck did I do?” but realized ...
    • James J. McCarthy
      In Army, European, Pacific, WWII
        This interview covers Mr. McCarthy’s service as a platoon commander with Co. L, 182 Infantry, Co. L, 335 Infantry in Guadalcanal and Europe.   https://youtu.be/COePmAxXUfE Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading......
    • Henry T. Bengis, Part 1
      In European, USAF, WWII
      U.S. Air Force 1939–1945   Discusses Mr. Bengis’s Army Air Force service with the 379th Bomb Group in Europe during World War II. View in catalog Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading......
    • Arthur Robert
      In American, Army, Massachusetts, Persian Gulf
      Arthur Robert was a second lieutenant with the 403rd Civil Affairs Company when his unit was deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm. Robert would end up in Kuwait City organizing the transport of supplies. Robert would later serve ...
    • Michael P. Forte
      In Navy, Pacific, USAF, WWII
      U.S. Navy 1945–1947 U.S. Air Force 1951–1981   Michael Forte entered the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, and found himself in the new field of electronics. While serving with the Navy, he was at the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in ...