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Natick Veterans Stories

Peacetime Interviews

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 >>

Molly McGlaughlin

U.S. Army 1986–0000

Molly McGlaughlin wanted to follow her father and join the Air Force. Instead, she joined the Army’s Signal Corps, earning her commission as a s... more >>

Kari Otto

U.S. Army 1985–2011

Kari Otto joined the Army in the 1980s as a way to help pay for college. From ROTC at Colorado State University to garrison commander at the U.S... 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 >>

Sheila Ryan Pogarian

Sheila Ryan Pogarian joined the Army National Guard as a way to help pay for college. After graduation from UMass-Amherst in 1984, she went on a... more >>

Byron Prescott

U.S. Air Force 1963–1969
National Guard 1969–1994

Byron Prescott joined the U.S. Air Force in 1963 on the advice of his older brother. Trained as a radio operator, Prescott would be stationed in... more >>

Michael F. Rush

U.S. Navy 1994–0000

Mike Rush grew up in West Roxbury with a strong military tradition; relatives on both sides of the family served in the military, especially the... more >>

Thomas E. Smith Sr.

U.S. Navy 1939–1945

Interview discussing Mr. Smith's service in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific, and during peacetime at Bikini Atoll. No photograp... more >>

George Davis Snow

U.S. Navy 1948–1968

In June 1948, 10 days after graduating from Holliston High School, George Snow joined the U.S. Navy. He was trained in electronics, and would sp... more >>

Lucien Thalheimer

U.S. Army 1939–1945

Interview discussing Mr. Thalheimer's service with the 175th Military Police Battalion in West Germany during the Allied Occupation.... more >>

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