Normand Berube

U.S. Navy 1943–1945


Berube was one of four brothers from Fall River, Mass., to serve in World War II. After basic training in Newport, R.I., and a top secret assignment in Washington D.C., he joined the USS Washington as a member of an elite group tracking the enemy. Petty Officer Berube talks about life aboard a battleship in the 3rd and 4th Fleets, including pre-invasion bombardment of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and the daily threat of kamikazes. He talks about witnessing the aftermath of a kamikaze attack on the USS Franklin. As the end of the war neared, Berube married his high school sweetheart. Many years after the war, Normand Berube was trying to find answers about his brother Joseph Alfred 'Freddie' Berube, who died when the plane he was in went down in the Pacific. In 2006, 'Freddie' Berube's remains were identified, and he was buried in Natick.

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Richard Johnstone -- transcript Transcript of audio interview with Richard Johnstone done in 2008.

Robert Flynn -- Iwo Jima Firsthand account of Natick resident Robert Flynn on Iwo Jima.

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