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Natick Veterans Stories

Korean War Interviews

Roland W. Gendron

U.S. Marine Corps 1950–1953

In 1950, Roland Gendron quit school at 17 and enlisted in the Marines. Amphibious warfare training at Camp LeJeune and learning discipline prepa... more >>

Thomas J. Hudner

U.S. Navy 1946–1953

Graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1946, Hudner was assigned to a cruiser north of Shanghai as a ship's signal officer. Receiving his wings... more >>

William Joress

Interview discussing Mr. Joress' service during World War II in Europe and the Korean War.... more >>

Joseph Keefe

U.S. Army 1952–1954

Joe Keefe entered the Army during the height of the Korean War. Sent to Japan, he served as secretary to a colonel overseeing a replacement camp... more >>

Charles Leavitt

U.S. Army 1948–1952

When young Charles Leavitt heard about the atomic bomb being dropped in 1945, he thought there would be no more war. In 1948, he volunteered to ... more >>

Donald Paul Oulton

Military Intelligence 1951–1953

Don Oulton spent nine months of the Korean War as an intelligence and reconnaissance (I&R) scout in the Chorwon Valley. In great detail he talks... 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 >>

John Pema

U.S. Air Force 1950–1953

Interview discussing Mr. Pema's service during the Korean War, focusing on his role as an electronic technician and aerial bomber.... more >>

John Ray

U.S. Army 1939–1945, 1950–1953

Parts I & II: Interview discussing Mr. Ray's service during World War II in the Field Artillery. Part III: Includes his experiences as a Pris... more >>

John Ray, Part II

U.S. Army 1939–1945, 1950–1953

This is part 2 of the interview with World War II veteran John Ray, conducted in 1999.... more >>

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