Oral history ; WWII ; Blacksmith ; Navy ; Pacific Theatre
Mr. Smith was a blacksmith when he was drafted in 1944 so the Navy sent him straight into service. [ 29 min.] He tells his grandson of his experience of being rescued when his boat sank and then was held in a cage for 6 weeks before being returned...
Mr. Bowen talks to his nephew about being a gunner in the Air Force during WWII. [16 min.] He flew B17's over Europe. He mentions Clark Gable being in his outfit. He was shot down, captured and held in Germany for about 2 years.
Mr. Gates tells about the creeks being so dry that the Government purchased their cows for $10 a head. [ 31 min.] He remember ringing bells or blowing of horns to mark the work day. He talks of being a Black man during the Depression and after.
Mr. Kirkly tells of being a postmaster in rural Center, Texas. [ 22 min.] He wrote the East Texas Outdoor column for the Light & Champion newspaper out of Center, Texas. He talks about the deer, turkey, bears and wild cats in the East Texas area.
Mr. Britton talks to his grandson about his life during WWII. [15 min.] Mr. Britton tells of working in the CC Camp in Marshall, Tx for 3 years before being drafted in 1942 and joining the European front. He gives an account of a battle experience...
Transcript of an interview with Mr. Cariker where he talks about being a teenager at the start of the Depression. [ 5 pages] He talks about President Roosevelt and the effect the Depression had on people of the area.