World War II Interviews

Gerd Noyes

Gerd Noyes grew up in Norway during a period of hardship, first from a worldwide depression in the 1930s, then from an occupation by the German ... more >>


William F. O'Brien

U.S. Army 1942–1945

Part 1: Bill O'Brien joined the Army Air Force after Pearl Harbor, went to Texas for bombardier training and in 1943 was commissioned a 2nd Lieu... more >>


William F. O'Brien (part 2)

U.S. Army 1942–1945

Part 2: Bill talks about his confinement as a POW in Stalag Luft 1 (South Compound) in Barth, Germany. He talks in detail about the camp, the fo... more >>


Lewis Oxford

U.S. Coast Guard 1939–1945

Interview discussing Mr. Oxford's service in the Coast Guard during World War II as a steward, and his post-war rise from Seaman to Commander in... more >>


Agnes Paglia

Agnes Paglia was 9 years old and in an orphanage in central Italy when the war broke out. She and her sister, Maria, stayed in the orphanage thr... more >>


Frank C. Palilla

U.S. Army 1939–1945

Discusses Mr. Palilla's Army service as a medic in the 361st Infantry during World War II in the Mediterranean. Mr. Palilla served in North Appe... more >>


Arthur Palladino

U.S. Air Force 1942–1945

While growing up in Revere, Arthur Palladino wanted to fly planes. He would serve in the Army Air Force as a bombardier and armaments officer. A... more >>


Joseph C. Paruti

U.S. Air Force 1943–1945

While a freshman at Boston College, Joseph C. Paruti, along with many of his classmates, enlisted in the Air Force, and he and his crew, part of... more >>


John Patti

U.S. Navy 1942–1948

John Patti was born and raised in Framingham. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 because he “didn’t want to dig foxholes.” Patti would do three tou... more >>


Faith W. Peak

When Faith Peak was a high school student, she listened to Lowell Thomas on the radio talking about the war and Germany's invasion of Poland. As... more >>


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