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Witnesses from the war front

The power of THE WAR comes from the intimate, personal stories of dozens of American citizens who lived through the war. The individuals listed on this page remember what life was like at home. They moved to booming “war towns,” worked in defense industries, made the best of life in internment camps, contributed to the war effort, met servicemen and fell in love, and worried about the boys they knew who were overseas.

Click on a name to see a biography and a list of video interviews, photographs and objects related to that witness.

Olga Ciarlo Olga Ciarlo »
After high school, Olga Ciarlo got a secretarial job in the offices of the Waterbury Steel Ball company. ...
Barbara Covington Barbara Covington »
Barbara Covington was born on Feb. 16, 1924 in Sacramento, CA. Her mother’s family came to California in the 1870s. Her ...
John Hope Franklin John Hope Franklin »
John Hope Franklin was born January 2, 1915 at Graniteville, Oklahoma. He spent every evening in reading or writing ...
Jackie Greer Jackie Greer »
Jackie Greer was born February 18, 1923 in northern Louisiana. Her father was a teacher and school principal. She spent a ...
Clyde Odom Clyde Odom »
Clyde Odom grew up in Mobile and went to work as a mechanic at the Alabama Dry Dock Ship and Building Company in ...
Katharine Phillips Katharine Phillips »
Katharine Phillips was born on June 28, 1923 in Mobile, the older sister of Marine Sidney Phillips, and John Phillips ...
Dolores Silva Dolores Silva »
Dolores Silva grew up in a neighborhood of mostly Portuguese and Japanese families. She began dating ...
Burt Wilson Burt Wilson »
Burt Wilson was born in 1933 and grew up in a well-to-do neighborhood in Sacramento. His father was an engineer at ...
 
Tom Ciarlo Tom Ciarlo »
After 11th grade, Tom Ciarlo went to work at the Waterbury Farrel Foundry and Machine Company. He was drafted ...
Anne DeVico Anne DeVico »
Anne DeVico was born June 6, 1925, in Waterbury’s North End, one of six children born to Italian immigrants. Her father had ...
Jeroline Green Jeroline Green »
Jeroline Green was born and raised in Coffeyville, Kansas. After high school, she enrolled in junior college for a time, and ...
Al McIntosh Al McIntosh »
Al McIntosh was born in 1905 in Park River, North Dakota. His father was a Presbyterian minister and the family ...
Emma Belle Petcher Emma Belle Petcher »
Emma Belle Petcher was born in Millry, Alabama and when she graduated from high school in 1942, decided to go to Mobile ...
Jim Sherman Jim Sherman »
Jim Sherman was born on August 20, 1935 in Luverne. His grandfather, “Doc” Sherman, was a beloved doctor in town ...
Asaka Tokuno Asaka Tokuno »
Asako Tokuno grew up in an ethnically mixed neighborhood in Richmond, CA. Her parents ran a successful flower ...