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DAFFRON, Phillip L. (b. 1915)

Army veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0363

His experiences at Schofield Barracks as an officer in the Field Artillery during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 09/02/1977

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DAHLGREN, Kenneth O. (b. 1923)

Bombing Squadron VMB-433. Marine Corps veteran. Bombing Squadron VMB-433.

Interview ID: OH 1450

His experiences as a PBJ (B-25) co-pilot in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II. His early interest in aviation; enlistment in the Navy, April, 1942; and primary and secondary flight training through the Civilian Pilot Training Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota; pre-flight training, Iowa City, Iowa, 1942; designation as an Aviation Cadet; basic flight training, Minneapolis, 1942-43; advanced flight training, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1943; transition to multi-engine planes at Corpus Christi and his transfer to the Marine Corps, 1943; navigation school, Hollywood, Florida, 1943; transfer to Cherry Point, North Carolina, and assignment to VMB-433, September, 1943; crew formation and PBJ training at Cherry Point; advanced training, El Centro, California, January, 1944; his personal views on combat and the Japanese; stationing to Green Island, July, 1944; “night heckling” missions to Rabaul; assignment to Emirau; living conditions on Emirau; skip-bombing, strafing, and night bombing missions; rest and relaxation in Australia; rotation back to the States, May, 1945; his postwar career.
Date of Interview: 28/05/2002

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DALE, Richard (b. 1955)

Interview ID: OH 1672

U.S. Marine Corps pilot. Childhood in Tenn., Fla., and Dallas area; education at Baylor University and Texas A&M; decision to enter Marines aviation program; training at Camp Pendleton, Cal., Quantico, Va. And officer candidate school; assignments to naval air stations at Pensacola, Fla., Kingsville, Tex., Lemoore, Cal., and Fort Worth; particulars of “tailhook” aviation; assignments to USS Kitty Hawk and USS Vinson; civilian career with Northwest Airlines.
Date of Interview: 26/11/2007

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DAMAN, M. L. (b. 1915)

Army veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0159

His experiences as a prisoner-of war of the Japanese during World War II. Fall of Corregidor and capture; Bilibid Prison, Manila, 1942; 1942-43; Davao Penal Colony, 1943-44; Bellbird Prison, 1945; fall of Manila and liberation.
Date of Interview:
29/09/1973 to 06/10/1973

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Interview ID: OH 0175

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 01/02/1974

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DANIEL, James (b. 1923)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0348

His experiences while aboard the destroyer USS Hull during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 02/12/1976

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DANIEL, Murray (b. 1923)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1331

His experiences while aboard the light cruiser USS Helena and during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941; his experiences aboard the Helena and the antiaircraft cruiser Reno in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Decision to join the Navy, January, 1941; boot camp at San Diego, California; assignment to the Helena at Pearl Harbor; the peacetime Navy; his account of the Japanese attack; his activities in the immediate aftermath of the attack; various naval engagements around the Solomon Islands, October-November, 1942; the sinking of the Helena in the Kula Gulf, July 5, 1943; assignment to the Reno, April, 1944; damage to the Reno due to a kamikaze hit off Formosa, October, 1944; torpedoing of the Reno in the San Bernardino Strait, Philippine Islands, November 3, 1944; temporary repairs at Ulithi and voyage to Charleston, South Carolina; postwar effects of his experiences in World War II.
Date of Interview: 01/03/2000

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DANIEL, Price (b. 1910)

Interview ID: OH 0349

Early years; election to Texas Legislature, 1938; O’Daniel gubernatorial campaign of 1938; transactions tax and the “Immortal 56”; reelection to the Legislature, 1940; O’Daniel senatorial race of 1941; impressions of Coke Stevenson; Speaker of the House, 1943; views on the role of the Speaker in the legislative process; campaign for attorney general, 1946; tidelands controversy; presidential elections of 1952 and 1956; election to the U.S. Senate, 1952; Democratic National Convention, 1952; decision to support Eisenhower; Tidelands Bill; continental shelf legislation; Gossett-Lodge Amendment; Natural Gas Act; Mccarthyism; school desegregation; narcotics legislation; evaluation of Dwight Eisenhower; Democratic State Convention of 1956; election as governor, 1956; problems with the Legislature; major legislative accomplishments.
Date of Interview:
25/02/1967 to 06/05/1967
, 10/09/1968

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DANIELS, Murphy (b. 1940).

Interview ID: OH 1580

African-American alumnus of North Texas State University. Remembrances about childhood and early education in Dallas, Texas; decision to enter NTSU in 1959 rather than Texas Southern University, and major in pre-med; difficulties with white professors and graduate assistants; race relations on campus; social life among black students on campus; off-campus life in “Shack Town” and support from black citizens of Denton; service in United States Air Force; studies at Southwestern Medical School and decision to pursue medical research;
Date of Interview: 04/04/2006

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DANIELS, Rosa Lee (b. 1904)

Interview ID: OH 0932

Her experiences as a student at the Frederick Douglass Colored School, Denton, Texas, 1910-21. School facilities; comments about her teachers; discipline; school equipment and facilities; segregation and Klan activities in Denton.
Date of Interview: 21/03/1992

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DANNER, Dorothy S. (b. 1914)

Navy veteran. nurse.

Interview ID: OH 1072

Her experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Santo Tomas, Manila, 1942-43; Los Banos, 1943-45
Date of Interview: 19/03/1995

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DARDEN, Barbara J. (b. ca. 1933)

Interview ID: OH 0916

Her experiences as a resident of Hamilton Park, Texas, 1956-91. Segregated education in Dallas; public housing in Dallas; decision to purchase home in Hamilton Park; Hamilton Park School; school desegregation; Pacesetter; Civic League; zoning problems; the “Buy Out”; traffic flow problems; Changes in Hamilton Park.
Date of Interview:
13/12/1990 to 26/10/1991

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DARST, John E. (b. 1915)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0300

His experiences while aboard the minelayer USS Sicard during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 03/03/1976

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DAVIS PURITY BAKERY. Joint interview with Mrs. Anne Davis (b. 1918) and Don Davis (b. 1938)

Interview ID: OHB 0033

DAVIS, Anne. Founder (with husband Jack T. Davis) of Davis purity Bakery, Denton, Texas. Family background; Depression; purchase of purity Bakery; early learning experiences; equipment; products; commercial and institutional accounts; business fluctuations; sugar crisis; pricing; typical workday; credit policies. DAVIS, Don. Son of founder of Davis purity Bakery. Family background, education; early work in family bakery; learning experiences; military service; return to bakery after father’s death; family involvement in the business; growth of business; shortages, price fluctuations; government regulations; employment; reasons for company’s success.
Date of Interview: 07/10/1979

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DAVIS, Elbert (b. ca. 1915)

Interview ID: OH 0966

His recollections concerning the Crater of Diamonds and diamond mining in southwest Arkansas, 1924-40.
Date of Interview: 23/01/1994

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DAVIS, Glenn F. (b. 1924)

Interview ID: OH 0885

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 03/03/1993

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DAVIS, Henry L. (b. 1915)

Interview ID: OH 0873

His experiences as a resident of Hamilton Park, Texas, 1956-90. Education and childhood; military service in World War II; marriage; employment with post office; decision to buy home in Hamilton Park; church activities; Big Brothers involvement; presidency of Civic League; flood control measures; Civic League and community improvements; zoning controversies; integration with Richardson Independent School District; the “Buy Out.”
Date of Interview:
23/05/1990 to 25/05/1990
, 31/05/1990

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DAVIS, Leonard (b. 1923)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0375

His experiences while aboard the cruiser USS Phoenix during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 23/03/1977

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DAVIS, Margaret Hunt (b. 1946)

Interview ID: OH 1641

Alumna of North Texas State University. Childhood in rural East Texas; decision to attend North Texas; campus life; 1967 graduation with degree in library science; career in Dallas public schools.
Date of Interview: 30/04/2006

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DAVIS, Oscar L. (b. 1919)

Interview ID: OH 0927

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 06/03/1993

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DAVIS, Truett L. (b. 1922)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0414

His experiences while aboard the target battleship USS Utah during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 27/03/1978

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DAWSON, Margaret (b. 1944)

Interview ID: OH 0944

Her recollections concerning the Crater of Diamonds and diamond mining near Murfreesboro, Arkansas, 1951-62.
Date of Interview: 16/03/1993

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DAY, Henry C. (b. 1914)

Interview ID: OH 0839

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 02/07/1991

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DE COLIGNY, Henry (b. 1916)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0719

His experiences at Ford Island Naval Air Station with the boathouse crew during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 13/11/1987

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DE CORDOVA, Frances (b. 1919)

Interview ID: OH 0860

Her experiences concerning the development of the Library School at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, 1940-70; her personal career in library science.
Date of Interview: 07/02/1992

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DE YOUNG, Nicholas (b. 1915)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0741

His experiences while aboard the sea-going tug USS Bobolink during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 13/11/1987

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DEAN, Alvin (b. 1915)

Interview ID: OH 0804

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 17/09/1990

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DECKARD, George (b. 1919)

Army veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0201

His experiences at Schofield Barracks with the 11th Signal Company during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 18/05/1974

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DECKER, Paul (b. 1921)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0714

His experiences while aboard the battleship USS California during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 14/11/1987

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DEFOOR, Ira T. (b. 1919)

Interview ID: OH 0601

His experiences while equipment manager for the football team during the desegregation of athletics at North Texas State College, 1956.
Date of Interview: 24/05/1983

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DEI SANTI, Ben (b. 1922)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0412

His experiences while aboard the destroyer USS Schley during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 21/04/1978

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DELANO, Victor (b. 1919)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1232

His experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II. First assignment to the battleship USS West Virginia and his experiences during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941; assignment to the antiaircraft cruiser USS San Juan, 1942; naval battles around Guadalcanal; Battle of Savo Island; assignment to the destroyer USS Wedderburn, 1944; Battle of Leyte Gulf, 1944; Pacific typhoons; Iwo Jima and Okinawa operations, 1945.
Date of Interview: 13/03/1998

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DELCO, Wilhelmina R. Fitzgerald (b. 1929)

Former member of the Texas House of Representatives, Austin. Democrat.

Interview ID: OH 1597

Memories of childhood and education in all-black schools of Chicago, Illinois; family involvement in Chicago politics; education at Fisk University; marriage to Exalton A. Delco, Jr., and his experience as first African American Ph.D. student in biology at UT-Austin; Exalton Delco’s experience as a biology professor and administrator at Huston-Tillotson College in Austin; involvement in community issues, including PTA work, leading to decision to run for elected office; election to Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees in 1968; difficulty of desegregating Austin schools in a manner that shared resources equitably with all groups; 1974 election to Texas House of Representatives seat representing Travis County; service on Committee on Public Education and Committee on Higher Education; development of Black Caucus and Women’s Caucus in Texas Legislature; service of Speaker Pro Tem of the House; involvement in National Conference of State Legislatures, including efforts to encourage divestiture from apartheid-era South Africa; involvement in efforts to reform Texas higher education funding system; commitment to education as life’s work.
Date of Interview: 15/05/2006

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DELIA, John N. (b. 1921)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0646

His experiences aboard YSD-19 (Yard Salvage Derrick) during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 06/05/1984

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DELLINGER, Chester (b. 1915)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0410

His experiences while aboard the seaplane tender USS Thornton during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 04/02/1978

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DELLINGER, Mary Jane Essig (b. 1922)

Interview ID: OH 1345

Her experiences as a riveter at Armstrong Cork and Rubber Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, during World War II. Pre-war work experience in silk mills; effects of the Great Depression on her family; her employment at the Hamilton Watch Company assembling time fuses for bombs, 1942; her marriage to Clair Dellinger, 1942; her personal motivations for seeking defense work; her decision to change jobs and work for Armstrong Cork and Rubber Company, 1943; her work on the F4U Corsair fuselage assembly line; comments about sexual harassment; production incentives and awards; war bond drives; comments about shift work; transportation arrangements; her decision to quit, 1945.
Date of Interview: 26/05/2000

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DEN DAAS, Donald (b. 1920)

Veteran. Royal Netherlands Overseas Army.

Interview ID: OH 1076

His experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese in the Netherlands East Indies during World War II. Fall of Java and imprisonment in Surabaja; torture by Kempei Tai; Bandung, 1945; liberation.
Date of Interview: 19/03/1995

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DENMON, Carl (b. 1938)

Interview ID: OH 1579

African-American alumnus of North Texas State University. Remembrances about childhood in Houston, Texas, and undergraduate education at Wiley College; employment as band director at Fred Moore High School in Denton; graduate studies in Music, and then in Education, at NTSU; career with and retirement from Dallas County Community College; perceptions of changes in Denton and at North Texas over forty years; experiences of wife, Gloria, and daughter, Debbie Denmon, at North Texas.
Date of Interview: 08/04/2006

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DENMON, Debbie (b. 1967)

Interview ID: OH 1634

Local news media personality and third-generation descendant of residents of Denton’s historic all-black Quakertown neighborhood. Childhood in Denton; education in Denton public schools and at UNT; career in broadcast journalism; memories of great-grandmother Othella Hill, great-grandfather “Dollar Bill” Hill, and grandmother Norvell Williams Reed; reporting on local efforts to capture Quakertown history.
Date of Interview: 04/12/2006

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DENMON, Gloria (b. 1941)

Interview ID: OH 0739

Her experiences concerning the activities of the Denton Christian Women’s Inter-Racial Fellowship during the 1960s and 1970s. Life in A segregated society; decision to join the Fellowship; early meetings; voter registration drives; street paving in African-American section of Denton; social activities of Fellowship; desegregation of public schools; tutoring program; activities of African-American churches.
Date of Interview: 12/05/1988

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DENTON ROOFING AND METAL WORKS. Interviews with Ezrum Massey (b. 1905), Pat Bomar (b. 1940), and Linda Bomar (b. 1941)

Denton Roofing and Metal Works.

Interview ID: OHB 0016

MASSEY, Ezrum. Founder, Denton Roofing and Metal Works. Schooling and early life; construction and other work background; service in Army and sheet metal experiences there; start of partnership in roofing and sheet metal work; equipment and supply problems during World War II; growth of sales, equipment, facilities, employees; methods of financing; problems of finding, training, keeping skilled workers; views on expansion, company success, competition; sale of business to Bomars. BOMAR, Pat and Linda (joint interview). Owners and operators, Denton Roofing and Metal Works. Family backgrounds, education; early work experiences; his work experiences in carpentry, air conditioning, refrigeration, roofing, and sheet metal; purchase of business from Ezrum Massey; employee problems; importance of being self-employed.
Date of Interview: 24/05/1978

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DENTON, William A. (b. 1918)

Marine Corps veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1122

His experiences with the 2nd Motor Transport Battalion at the Marine barracks between Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 16/12/1995

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DETRE, George E. (b. 1918)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0475

His experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Sinking of Houston, 1942; capture and imprisonment at Serang, Java; Bicycle Camp, Batavia, 1942; Changi Prison Camp, Singapore, 1942; building the Death Railway, 1942-44; Kanchanaburi, Thailand, 1944; Singapore, 1944-45; hell ship to Japan, 1945; coal mining at Senju, Kyushu, 1945; liberation.
Date of Interview: 17/08/1978

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DEVINE, John D. (b. 1919)

Army Air Corps veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0529

His experiences at Hickam Field with the 31st Bombardment Squadron during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 05/12/1980

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DIES, Martin (b. 1900)

former U.S. Congressman from Lufkin.

Interview ID: OH 0005

Experiences as a Texas politician and U. S. Congressman, 1931-46, 1950-56; chairman of House Committee on Un-American Activities during New Deal; views on communism.
Date of Interview: 23/04/1966

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DIETERICH, Arthur (b. 1900) and Louise (b. 1901)

Hermosa Farms in Dallas.

Interview ID: OHB 0096

Louise’s family background; Reverchon family settlement in Dallas; farming in Dallas; education at Texas Woman’s University; Arthur’s family background; father’s employment with Sanger Brothers and as dairy farmer; description of Dallas Flood, 1908; work on father’s farm; athletic accomplishments at Texas A&M; employment as operator of dairy cooperative with brother in El Paso, Texas, 1922; establishment of Hermosa Farms, 1928; effect of Depression on Dallas dairy businesses; description of milk processing and delivery operations; comments on dairy, poultry, and meat products; description of typical day on dairy farm; moving of operation to Dorchester, Texas, 1947; change from retail to wholesale dairy business; comments on developing dairy herd; cooperation with agricultural experiment stations; experience with dairy cooperative in Dorchester; personnel practices; sale of Dorchester farm; civic and trade association activities.
Date of Interview: 11/08/1985

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DIETZ, James (b. 1938)

Interview ID: OH 1082

His recollections of the Kaiser Permanente-Prudential Insurance company joint venture in health care, 1981-95; the Texas Plan, its problems in getting established.
Date of Interview: 19/09/1995

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DILLINGHAM, John L. (b. 1923)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1116

His experiences while aboard the destroyer USS Hull during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 15/12/1995

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DILLON, Joe C. (b. 1917)

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0508

His experiences while aboard the cruiser USS Saint Louis during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 06/06/1980

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DILLON, Paul (b. 1913)

Interview ID: OH 0995

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 03/11/1993

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DINN, Wallace L. (b. 1885)

W. L. Dinn & Company Insurance. Inc.

Interview ID: OHB 0058

Family background; work as ranchhand in Live Oak, Texas; employment as bookkeeper in Alice and Corpus Christi; entry into life insurance sales, 1920; land development in Corpus Christi, 1926; growth of insurance company personnel and coverage; description of administrative personnel; civic activities; views on qualities necessary to develop successful business.
Date of Interview: 14/05/1981

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DITTO, Lanson B. (b. 1920)

USS Langley. USS O’Bannon. USS O’Toole. Navy veteran. USS Langley. USS O’Bannon. USS O’Toole.

Interview ID: OH 1360

His experiences in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean Theaters during World War II. Education; enlistment in the Navy V-7 Program, 1940; midshipman training, 1940-41; assignment to the USS Langley, 1941; pre-war duty in the Philippines; coming of war and combat around the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies, 1941-42; sinking of the Langley, February 27, 1942, and his transfer to the USS Pecos; sinking of the Pecos, March 1, 1942, and his rescue by the USS Whipple; his return to the States and assignment to the USS O’Bannon, March, 1942; various naval battles around the Solomon Islands, 1942-43; Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, November 13, 1942; antisubmarine patrols off the Solomons, 1942-43; his return to the States and transfer to the USS O’Toole, January 22, 1944; escort duty in the North Atlantic, 1944-45; escort duty in the Mediterranean, 1945; his promotion to captain of the O’Toole, October, 1945.
Date of Interview: 11/10/1996

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DITTUS, Frederick W. (b. 1897)

Caltex Petroleum Corporation.

Interview ID: OH 0675

Education; early job experience with Standard Oil Company of California; Dittus-Boelter equation; pre-World War II experiences in Nazi Germany; construction of the Bahrain refinery for Bapco; formation of Caltex, 1936; transfer to Caltex; activities during World War II; postwar refinery expansion; evolution of Technical Services Division.
Date of Interview: 13/09/1985

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DIXON, Pauline (b. 1929)

Interview ID: OH 0868

Her experiences as a resident of Hamilton Park, Texas, 1954-90. Youth in East Texas; education at Bishop College; president of Classroom Teachers of Dallas; activities with Texas State Teachers Association; decision to move to Hamilton Park; African-American housing problems in Dallas; home maintenance and improvements; social organizations; church activities; Civic League; Hamilton Park School; zoning problems; the “Buy Out”; Interorganizational Council; desegregation and closing of junior high and high school; Pacesetter; political activities.
Date of Interview:
09/08/1990 to 15/08/1990

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DOBBINS, Clarence C. (b. 1912)

Interview ID: OH 0888

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression
Date of Interview: 21/02/1993

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DODGE, Arthur (b. 1923)

Company M. 350th Regiment. 88th Division. Army veteran. Company M. 350th Regiment. 88th Division.

Interview ID: OH 0074

His experiences as a combat infantryman in Italy during World War II. Operations around Minturno; liberation of Rome; audience with Pope Pius XII; operations around Arno River; receiving battlefield commission; Po valley Campaign and fall of Verona; German surrender.
Date of Interview: 08/01/1971

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DOLAN, Frank L. (b. 1922).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1111

His experiences aboard the repair ship USS Vestal during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 15/12/1995

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DONIHI, Robert (b. ca. 1918).

Interview ID: OH 1283

His role and experiences as a prosecuting attorney at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East [Tokyo War Crimes Trials], 1945-46. His early law career; acquaintanceship with U.S. Attorney General Tom Clark and appointment to the Tribunal; the organization of the Tribunal and comments about the representatives on it; his role with the International Prosecution Section; his account of the suicide of Prince Fumimaro Konoye; his role in the interrogation of potential war criminals; his investigation of thought control measures employed by the Japanese in preparing their countrymen for war; intrigue and rivalries among the American delegation; interrogation and trial of General Hideki Tojo; relations with the Soviet delegation; his personal observations about current official Japanese denial of their committing of war crimes during World War II.
Date of Interview: 13/10/1996

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DONLEY, Richard (b. 1923).

Patrol Torpedo Boat Squadron 15. Navy veteran. Patrol Torpedo Boat Squadron 15.

Interview ID: OH 1370

His experiences in the Mediterranean Theater during World War II. Enlistment in the Navy and boot camp at San Diego Naval Training Station, 1942; Fleet Torpedo School, San Diego, 1942; Motor Torpedo Boats Squadron Training Center, Melville, Rhode Island, 1942; assignment to PT Squadron 15, January, 1943; stationing at Bone, Tunisia, 1943; screening operations for the invasion of Sicily, 1943; transfer to Palermo, 1943, and the interception of German barge traffic; encounters with German “F-lighter” armed barges and E-boats; screening operations for the invasion of Salerno, 1943; assignment to the advance base at Bastia, Corsica, 1943; operations along the coasts of northern Italy and southern France and the interdiction of German barge traffic; torpedo problems; commando and intelligence operations; combat against enemy destroyers; his return to the States, July, 1944, and reassignment to the Motor Torpedo Boats Training Center; transfer to Samar, Philippines, April, 1945.
Date of Interview: 22/02/1997

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DONSKY, Nathan (b. 1906).

Nathan’s Jewelers.

Interview ID: OHB 0073

Family background; description of fire at Gardner Park, Dallas; employment as secretary for Dallas lawyer Alvin M. Owsley; establishment of Ray Don concessions, San Angelo, 1928; employment in dry goods stores in Forsan, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico, 1930; co-owner of pawn shop in San Angelo; opening of Nathan’s Jewelers, 1938; discussion of profit margin; opening of stores in Brownwood, Big Spring, Odessa, Paris, and Denison, 1940s; involvement with 4-H, FFA, and area sports teams; comments on scholarship funding and athletic scoreboard donations; discussion of operation of branch stores; brother’s founding of Sterling Jewelry & Distributing Company, 1948; Nathan’s Jewelers promotional activities; expansion of San Angelo store; discussion of credit business; experiences during Depression; comments on personnel; market share in Texas; expansion of Sterling Jewelry & Distributing Company; personnel practices; civic and trade association activities; factors in developing successful business.
Date of Interview: 11/09/1982

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DOUGHERTY, Russell E. (b. 1920)

Air Force Veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1558

His experiences and association with General Curtis LeMay. LeMay’s uncanny judgment; LeMay’s handling of people in his command; LeMay’s penchant for discipline; the Soviet military’s assessment of LeMay; testing Soviet air defenses; LeMay’s organizational talents.
Date of Interview: 24/05/2004

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DOUGLAS, Griff (b. 1923).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0425

His experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Sinking of Houston, 1942; capture and imprisonment at Serang, Java; Bicycle Camp, Batavia, 1942; Changi Prison Camp, Singapore, 1942;building the Burma-Thailand Death Railway, 1942-44; Kanchanaburi and Tamarkan, Thailand, 1944; Prachin Buri, Thailand, 1944-45; liberation.
Date of Interview: 18/04/1978

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DRAKE, Edward J. (b. 1924).

401st Bomb Squadron. 91st Bomb Group. 1st Air Division. 8th Air Force. Army Air Forces veteran. 401st Bomb Squadron. 91st Bomb Group. 1st Air Division. 8th Air Force.

Interview ID: OH 1468

His experiences as a B-17 pilot in the European Theater during World War II. His youth and education in Dallas, Texas; matriculation to the University of Texas, 1941; enlistment in the Aviation Cadet Program, December, 1941; basic training, Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1943; pre-flight training and college preparatory program, Stevens Point State Teachers College, Wisconsin, 1943; advanced basic training, Santa Ana Army Air Field, California, 1943; primary flight training, Blythe, California, 1943; basic flight training, Lemoore, California, 1943; advanced flight training, La Junta, Colorado, 1943-44; B-17 transition training, Hobbs, New Mexico, 1944; crew formation, MacDill Field, Florida, 1944; crew training, Gulfport, Mississippi, 1944; flight from Gander, Newfoundland, to Prestwick, Scotland, December, 1944; assignment to the 91st Bomb Group, Bassingbourn, England, January, 1945; his description of the routine for a typical mission; his description of formation flying; his description of flying through enemy flak; rest and relaxation on-base and in London; bombing of transportation facilities during and after the Ardennes Offensive, January-February, 1945; area bombing mission to Berlin, February 7, 1945; mission to Prague, Czechoslovakia, and his plane being hit and crash-landing in Belgium, February 14, 1945; linking up with American troops and return to England; recuperation from a collapsed lung; his return to combat for three more missions; his return to the crash site of his plane fifty-seven years later.
Date of Interview:
16/10/2002 to 27/10/2002

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DRAWE, Billy (b. 1923).

3rd Amphibious Tractor Battalion. Marine Corps veteran. 3rd Amphibious Tractor Battalion.

Interview ID: OH 1397

His experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Enlistment and boot camp, San Diego, California, 1942-43; tank training, El Cajon, California, 1943; tank mechanics school, Fort Knox, Kentucky, 1943; assignment as a replacement to the 3rd Amphibious Tractor Battalion at Guadalcanal, 1944; invasion of Guam, July-August, 1944; reminiscences of coming under Japanese mortar fire on Guam; invasion of Iwo Jima, February-March, 1945; his role in hauling supplies ashore to the infantry on Iwo Jima; his return to the States for training in the V-12 Program, June, 1945.
Date of Interview: 13/06/2000

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DRIVER, James (b. 1920).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1390

His experiences as a dive-bomber and fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Enlistment in the Navy Aviation Cadet Program, 1941; various phases of training, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida; dive-bomber training, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Great Lakes Naval Air Station, 1942-43; assignment to VS-55, New Hebrides, 1943; convoy escort duty off New Hebrides; neutralization of Rabaul, 1944; return to the States, 1944; transfer to fighter planes; assignment to Air Group 6 as a F6F Hellcat pilot, Santa Rosa, California, 1944; experiences while flying combat air patrol off the carrier USS Hancock, 1944-45; providing cover for the Marine landings on Okinawa, April, 1945; combat against kamikazes; typhoon of June, 1945, off Okinawa; engagements against enemy fighters and kamikazes on the last day of the war; locating and dropping supplies to prisoner-of-war camps in Japan; return to the States and postwar activities.
Date of Interview: 21/03/1999

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DuBOSE, Edwin (b. 1917)

Patrol-Torpedo Boat Squadrons 15 and 33. Navy veteran. Patrol-Torpedo Boat Squadrons 15 and 33.

Interview ID: OH 1303

His experiences in the North African, Mediterranean, and Pacific Theaters during World War II. Northwestern Midshipman School, 1941-42; Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons Training Center, Melville, Rhode Island, 1942; assignment to PT Squadron 15, 1942; operations along the Algerian and Tunisian coasts, 1942-43; invasion of Sicily, 1943; interdiction of German F-lighters and E-boats off the Italian coast; combat against German flak-lighters; invasion of southern France, 1944; operations with the OSS; transfer to PT Squadron 33, 1945; PT operations around the Philippines; preparations for the invasion of the Japanese home islands; personal contacts with and comments about General Douglas A. MacArthur and General George S. Patton.
Date of Interview: 21/02/1997

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DUBROFF, John (b. 1920).

Army veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0212

His experiences at Schofield Barracks with the 11th Signal Company during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 19/05/1974

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DUELL, Hollis G. (b. 1922).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1164

His experiences while aboard the submarine USS Sargo in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Assignment to the Sargo, 1941; his responsibilities as a yeoman; early war patrols off the Netherlands East Indies and Philippines; transfer to the Submarine Division Commander’s Office, Pearl Harbor, 1944; postwar duty in the Submarine Service.
Date of Interview: 22/05/1996

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DUKE, Wallace “Tim” (b. 1924)

86th Infantry. World War II Army Veteran. 86th Infantry.

Interview ID: OH 1856

World War II Army veteran, 86th Infantry and retired Santa Fe Railroad agent. Childhood in rural North Texas; the Great Depression; war work at Consolidated Steel Shipyard; draft into infantry; training at Camp Howze and Camp Livingston; European Theater; push from Cologne to Altena, Germany; the Ruhr Pocket; push into Austria; V-E Day; reassignment to Pacific Theater; Philippines; post-war work experience; post-war life in Dallas.
Date of Interview: 17/12/2015

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DUNCAN, George (b. 1917).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1030

His experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Pilot training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, 1941; assignment to Air Group 9 on the carrier Essex; discussion of Hellcat fighter; sinking of Fubuki-class destroyer, June, 1944, off Pagan Island; Marianas Campaign, 1944; “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”; Philippines Campaign and attack on Japanese battleship Musashi; postwar naval career,
Date of Interview: 09/10/1994

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DUNCAN, Kenneth W. (b. 1923).

Interview ID: OH 0960

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 09/03/1994

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DUNCAN, Pat P. (b. 1923).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0367

His experiences while aboard the cruiser USS Raleigh during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 12/02/1977

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DUNGAN, Ross (b. 1914).

Army veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0380

His experiences at Fort Weaver with A Battery, 14th Coast Artillery, during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 11/07/1977

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DUNKINS, Dennis (b. 1940).

Interview ID: OH 1588

African-American alumnus of North Texas State University. Remembrances about childhood and early education in Fort Worth, Texas; decision to enroll at North Texas in 1958; off-campus life in “Shack Town” and support from black citizens of Denton; social life among African-American students and relations with white students and faculty; decision to major in Industrial Technology and graduation in 1963; efforts to desegregate public facilities in Denton; summer jobs with Texas & Pacific Railroad Company; career with General Motors, as business owner, and with Fort Worth ISD.
Date of Interview: 08/03/2006

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DUNN, A. J. (b. 1922).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0431

His experiences while aboard the heavy minelayer USS Ogallala during the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 09/07/1978

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DUNN, E. Benjamin (b. 1917).

2nd Battalion. 131st Field Artillery. Texas National Guard. Army veteran. 2nd Battalion. 131st Field Artillery. Texas National Guard.

Interview ID: OH 1329

His experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Basic training and assignment to the 26th Field Artillery Brigade, 1941; transfer to Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery, 1942; fall of Java and capture; Bicycle Camp, Batavia, 1942; Changi Prison Camp, Singapore, 1942; building the Burma-Thailand Death Railway, 1942-44; Tamarkan, Thailand, 1944; Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, 1944-45; liberation.
Date of Interview: 16/11/1999

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DUNN, Marvin (b. 1931).

Interview ID: OH 1717

Decision to drop out of college to join the U.S. Marine Corps; boot camp and training; assignment to combat unit; combat in Korea; combat at Hill 749 and Hill 884; battlefield injury at “the Punchbowl” that resulted in leg amputation; recuperation; opinions regarding enemy soldiers and what the U.S. accomplished in the war; civilian opinions of the war; struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder; return to college and graduate school; career as teacher, principal, and administrator in Dallas ISD; involvement with Korean War Veterans Organization
Date of Interview: 11/10/2007

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DUNPHY, William (b. 1939).

Army veteran. anesthetist.

Interview ID: OH 1197

His experiences as an Army nurse in Vietnam, 1969-70. Assignment to an Army hospital in Saigon; personal living accommodations and creature comforts; hospital facilities; relationship between doctors and nurses; work schedules; alcohol abuse by military personnel; drug problems; off-duty activities; rest and recuperation trip to Hawaii; relations with Vietnamese civilians in Saigon; post-Vietnam adjustments.
Date of Interview: 31/08/1997

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DUPREE, A. W. (b. 1923).

Interview ID: OH 0842

His experiences as a resident of Hamilton Park, Texas, 1966-90. Youth in Dallas; service in U.S. military in World War II; musical career; decision to buy home in Hamilton Park; home improvements; church activities; desegregation of Hamilton Park School; Pacesetter; commercial encroachment; the “Buy Out.”
Date of Interview:
23/07/1990 to 16/08/1990

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DURAND, Claudio (b. 1938)

Interview ID: OH 1846

For the DFW Metroplex Immigration Oral History Project. Argentinian-born immigrant to Dallas, Texas; Entrepreneur and businessman. Childhood in Buenos Aires; educational and work history; living in Puerto Rico; visits to New York; immigration process; differences between Argentina and the United States; becoming American; thoughts on current immigration laws.
Date of Interview: 30/10/2012

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DUREN, Elmer (b. 1919).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0608

His experiences while aboard the destroyer USS Dale during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 22/10/1983

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DUVALL, Robert D. (b. 1920).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0312

His experiences while aboard the battleship USS California during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 12/04/1976

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