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Natick Veterans Stories

Cold War Interviews

Michael Hamm

U.S. Army 1982–1988

Michael Hamm joined the U.S. Army in 1982. He served as a radar operator with the 24th Infantry Division Mechanized, 32nd AddCom and the 1st Inf... more >>

Dan Hubbard

U.S. Army 1956–1960
U.S. Marine Corps 1960–1980

Dan Hubbard was born and raised in West Virginia. He served four years in the Army from 1957-61, went back to civilian life and decided it wasn’... more >>

Thomas A. Hunt

U.S. Army 1954–1956

While lying in bed at night, Thomas Hunt would hear squardons of American bombers fly over his home in New Canaan, Conn., and knew the types of ... more >>

Thomas Lamont

National Guard 1985–0000

Thomas Lamont was born and raised in Natick, and was studying for a career in the media at Worcester State College when he decided to join the m... more >>

Andrew Lashenske

U.S. Air Force 1963–1967

Andrew Lashenske graduated from Boston College in 1963, and wanted to go to law school. Because “I needed to mature myself,” and he needed money... more >>

Ronald J. Michael

U.S. Marine Corps 1956–1959

Ron Michael grew up in East Natick; several of his neighbors had served with the U.S. Marine Corps, and that's where he enlisted in 1956, right ... more >>

Nicholas Paganella

U.S. Army 1954–1956

Nicholas Paganella was born and raised in Marlborough, and joined the U.S. Army from the Mass. National Guard. He spent more than a year in Kore... more >>

William Petrone

U.S. Navy 1961–1963

Following family tradition and a sense of duty, William Petrone joined the U.S. Navy after high school. From the first day of basic training in ... more >>

Arnold Pinsley

U.S. Army 1962–1968

Discusses Mr. Pinsley's services in the U.S. Army in Field Communications from 1962-1968, and with the Israeli Air Force on a SWAT team from 197... more >>

Kenneth Pitts

U.S. Army 1989–2012

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 Ar... more >>

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