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Natick Veterans Stories

Homefront Interviews

Rose Sammartano Bates

Rose Sammartano was born and raised in Natick, the daughter of Italian immigrants. She’s lived all her life in town, and remembers many of the b... more >>

Lillian M. Boyd

Like many women of her generation, Lillian Boyd worked in a factory during World War II. Raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, she could walk to the... 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 >>

Louise Hale

Louise Stone spent most of her childhood in Natick, and was working as a secretary in Boston when the war began. Her husband, Edward L. Hale, wa... more >>

Effie Erickson Hall

Effie Erickson grew up in East Natick and graduated from Natick High School in 1938. She talks about life as a secretary and nurse’s aide during... more >>

Lois Hanchett Harper

Lois Hanchett was born in South Natick in 1923, and lived on the family farm near the Dover town line until she went to Middlebury College. She ... more >>

Shirley Henderson

Shirley Henderson was 13 and living with her family when Pearl Harbor was bombed. She recalls life on the homefront in Framingham, Mass., during... 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 >>

Ruth Harriet Jacobs

Fresh out of high school, Ruth Jacobs heard that the Boston Herald Traveler was hiring "copy girls" since so many men had gone off to war. She q... more >>

Charlotte Lastnik

Charlotte Lastnik was a civilian secretary in the U.S. Army during World War II; she describes going to area hospitals to take down interviews f... more >>

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