Cold War Interviews

Lillian Aronson

U.S. Army 1943–1964

Lillian Aronson joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1943. She was assigned to several U.S. bases during the war, handling a variety of administrati... more >>


William Callahan "Bill"

National Guard 1982–2012

Bill Callahan is a “30-year” man with service in both the U.S. Air Force and the Mass. Army National Guard. His active service with the Guard in... more >>


Maurice Chapnik

U.S. Army 1953–1955

Nazis invaded Maurice Chapnik's home town of Mons, Belgium, when he was 7. Surviving under Nazi occupation, his family hid that they were Jewish... more >>


Gary Donato

U.S. Navy 1972–1994

Two years into college, with a sense of patriotism and a longing to travel, Gary Donato decided to join the Navy - a decision that would bring h... more >>


John Filios

U.S. Air Force 1942–1967

John Filios grew up in Westfield, one of 10 children of Italian immigrants. During World War II, he worked in Fall River assembling munitions. H... more >>


Paul F. Foley

U.S. Navy 1979–2009

Paul Foley joined the military in 1979 because he thought the U.S. was about to wage war against Iran. He joined the Naval Construction Battalio... more >>


Elizabeth Forte

Elizabeth Forte grew up in Kingston, N.Y., and enrolled in the Cadet Nursing Corps at the age of 17. While training in New York City, she rememb... more >>


Michael P. Forte

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, ... more >>


Debra Freed

U.S. Air Force 1981–1985

Debra Freed joined the Air Force in 1981 to do something new and for a chance to travel. She became a jet engine mechanic and was stationed in J... more >>


David Gallo

U.S. Army 1984–2007

David Gallo joined the Army in 1984, shortly after graduating from Salem State College. Despite a degree in accounting, Gallo did not want to jo... more >>


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