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PACE, Glenn W. (b. 1920).

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

Interview ID: OH 0134

Army veteran (2nd Battalion 131st Field Artillery, Texas National Guard), member of the “Lost Battalion.” An account by one who escaped capture by the Japanese on Java during World War II. Fall of Java and evacuation by plane with the 19th Bombardment Group.
Date of Interview: 24/10/1972

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PAINTER, Leon (b. 1921).

Marine Corps veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0214

Marine Corps veteran. His experiences at the Marine Barracks between Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 07/06/1974

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PAINTER, William E. (b. 1924).

C Company. 1st Battalion. 127th Infantry Regiment. 32nd Infantry Division. Army veteran. C Company. 1st Battalion. 127th Infantry Regiment. 32nd Infantry Division.

Interview ID: OH 1275

College professor, Army veteran (C Company, 1st Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd infantry Division). His experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II. His pacifistic/isolationist background and the influence of his mother; his parents' attitude toward Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal; his personal dilemma over accepting induction into the military; induction into the Army summer, 1944; basic training, Camp Hood, Killeen, Texas; assignment to C Company, 127th Infantry, as a replacement, his hatred of the Japanese; combat on the Villa Verde Trail, northern Luzon, Philippines; his attitude toward officers and non-commissioned officers; setting up perimeter defenses; Japanese night Banzai attacks; rest and recuperation on the Lingayen Gulf; non-battle casualties; combat around Baguio on Highway11; his surviving a Japanese ambush; killing of Japanese prisoners; end of the war; service with the Army of Occupation in Japan, 1945-1946; postwar adjustments to civilian life.
Date of Interview: 21/12/1998

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Palmer, Walter K. (b. 1916)

Interview ID: OH 1053

Businessman. His experiences concerning the Kaiser Permanente Prudential Insurance Company joint venture in providing health care.
Date of Interview: 15/03/1995

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PAPISH, Paul E. (b. 1919).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0781

Navy veteran, survivor of the sinking of the USS Houston. 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; Changi Jail, 1944-45; liberation.
Date of Interview: 30/01/1989

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PARADEAUX, Will (b. 1933).

Slade’s Saddle Shop.

Interview ID: OHB 0085

Owner, vice president, and manager, Slade’s Saddle Shop, Uvalde, Texas. Purchase of saddle business by grandfather, 1929; origins of saddle shop, 1883; changes in ranching industry since Depression; father’s employment as manager of shop; reminiscences concerning grandfather; comments on major considerations when “building” saddles; description of types of saddles; takes control of company, 1958; description of sales and repair work for movie The Alamo; comments on business activity at Alamo Village; views on “urban cowboy” fad and its effect on business; product emphasis shift from hats and boots to saddle leather goods; aptitude of son in leather work; comments on Saturday business slowdown in downtown Uvalde; description of special production orders of leather goods; seasonal fluctuation of sales; experiences as ranch hand at La Pryor and Catarina; description of leather goods line and equipment used in production; comments on marketing and advertising; description of personnel; civic activities.
Date of Interview: 03/11/1983

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Parker, Walt (b. 1918)

Texas House of Representatives. member of Texas House of Representatives. Democrat.

Interview ID: OH 0051

Builder, farmer-rancher, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Denton, Democrat. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-first Legislature. Biographical information; revenue legislation; influence of lobbyists; state minimum wage law; creation of new four-year colleges; committee appointments; changes in state sales tax exemptions; comments about Governor Preston Smith.
Date of Interview: 04/02/1970

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Interview ID: OH 0158

Builder, farmer-rancher, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Denton, Democrat. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-third Texas Legislature. Freshmen legislators; reform legislation; appropriations; comments about Governor Dolph Briscoe.
Date of Interview: 17/07/1973

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Interview ID: OH 0287

Builder, farmer-rancher, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Denton, Democrat. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-fourth Legislature. Selection of Bill Clayton as Speaker of the House; committee appointments; constitutional revision; public school financing; public utilities legislation; personal legislation.
Date of Interview: 19/09/1975

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Interview ID: OH 0388

Builder, farmer-rancher, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Denton, Democrat. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-fifth Legislature. Budget surplus; highway appropriations; public school financing; Peveto Bill and property taxation; personal legislation.
Date of Interview: 09/09/1977

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PARR, Thomas E. (b. 1936).

Army veteran. nurse.

Interview ID: OH 0884

Army veteran, nurse. His experiences as an Army nurse in Vietnam, 1971. Psychiatric casualties at Long Binh; heroin detoxification center at Cam Ranh Bay.
Date of Interview: 06/01/1993

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PARSONS, John (b. 1915).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0270

Navy veteran. His experiences while aboard the tug USS Ontario during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 22/12/1974

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PARSONS, Mary (b. 1880).

Interview ID: OH 1204

Homemaker. Her reminiscences about various aspects of the history of Denton, Texas, 1910-1976. Church activities; revivals; brush arbors; baptisms; Great Depression; courting; miscellaneous items.
Date of Interview: 01/05/1976

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PARSONS, Sara-Jayne (b. 1969).

Interview ID: OH 1249

Graduate student. Her experiences in working with women's issues at the University of North Texas, 1993-97. Early education on the Isle of Man and in England; family background; influence of her widowed mother; sex discrimination in high school; relationship with her younger brother; searching for career choices; difficult teenage years; college years at Oxford Polytechnic College; student activism at Oxford Polytechnic; origins of her interest in women's issues; abusive relationship with her boyfriend; scholarship to attend the University of Idaho, 1990-91; experiences in the Visual Arts Program at the University of North Texas, 1995-97; introduction to women's studies classes; influence of UNT professor Dr. Susan Platt; her interest in women in art; her activities with the Women's Roundtable and Celebrating Women; her organizing an exhibition of women artists for Women's History Month; her master's thesis about British sculptor Rachel Whiteread; her interest in the social, political and economic implications of art; pressure from her thesis advisor to adopt a more feminist approach toward her master's thesis; gender bias among UNT faculty and administrators; her dilemma concerning giving priority to feminism or class consciousness in teaching.
Date of Interview: 17/12/1997

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PARTEN, J. R. (b. 1896).

Interview ID: OH 0286

Oilman. His career in the oil industry; Board of Regents, University of Texas. Rainey controversy; government service during World War II; political philosophy and activities.
Date of Interview: 17/10/1967

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PATAKI, John (b. 1931).

Interview ID: OH 0870

Date of Interview: 21/07/1990

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PATRICK, Mildred (b. 1929).

Interview ID: OH 0965

. Schoolteacher. Her experiences as a resident of Hamilton Park, Texas, 1959-91. Youth in East Texas; education in segregated schools; decision to move to Hamilton Park; home improvements; church activities; Hamilton Park School; flooding problems; desegregation of Hamilton Park School and coming of Pacesetter; violations of deed restrictions; zoning problems; the “Buy Out”; recent changes in the neighborhood.
Date of Interview: 11/04/1991

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PATRICK, Theresa A. (b. 1951).

Interview ID: OH 0925

Her experiences while growing up in Hamilton Park, Texas, 1957-70. Hamilton Park School and desegregation.
Date of Interview: 20/06/1991

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PATTON, Henry (b. ca. 1905).

Interview ID: OH 0034

Banker. Observations on land speculation, settlement, and development around Port Aransas and Aransas Pass, Texas, 1920-70.
Date of Interview: 28/05/1969

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PATTON, Howard L. (b. 1920).

A Battery. 202nd Battalion. 607th Coast Artillery Regiment. Army veteran. A Battery. 202nd Battalion. 607th Coast Artillery Regiment.

Interview ID: OH 1304

Army veteran (A Battery, 202nd Battalion, 607th Coast Artillery Regiment). His experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Induction and stateside training, Camp Hulen, Palacios, Texas, and Camp Cook, Lompoc, California, 1942-43; operations in New Guinea, 1943-44; invasion of Toem, 1944; invasion of Leyte, 1944; invasion of Mindoro, 1944; eyewitness accounts of kamikaze attacks; operations around Zamboanga, Mindanao.
Date of Interview: 05/01/1999

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PATTON, James H. (b. 1920).

501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. 101st Airborne Division. Army veteran. 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. 101st Airborne Division.

Interview ID: OH 1476

Army veteran (501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division). His experiences as a paratrooper in the European Theater during World War II. His youth in Du Bois, Pennsylvania; attendance at Lock Haven State Teachers College, Pennsylvania; enlistment in the Army, February, 1942; basic training, Camp Croft, Spartenburg, South Carolina, 1942; Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1942; volunteering for the Airborne and parachute training, Fort Benning, 1942; demolition school, 1943; assignment to the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1942; his marriage, December 22, 1942; attachment of the 501st Regiment to the 101st Airborne Division; shipment to England, January, 1943; training for the Normandy invasion; the night jump into Normandy, June 6, 1944; securing the La Barquette lock; the capture of Carentan and its road network; Operation MARKET-GARDEN, September, 1944; comments about the commanding officer of the 501st, Colonel Howard Johnson; the Battle of the Bulge, December, 1944-January, 1945; miscellaneous recollections about other combat experiences; postwar occupation duty in the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden; comments about the esprit de corps of airborne troops.
Date of Interview: 09/08/2002

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PAYNE, George D. (b. 1921).

Interview ID: OH 0889

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 23/02/1993

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PAYTON, Donald (b. 1947).

Interview ID: OH 0865

His experiences while growing up in Hamilton Park, Texas, 1955-65. Hamilton Park School; athletic activities; band activities.
Date of Interview: 07/09/1991

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PEACE, Erma B. (b. 1919).

Interview ID: OH 0907

Her experiences as a student at the Frederick Douglass Colored School, Denton, Texas, 1925-36. Family background; school facilities; school extra-curricular activities; physical layout of Frederick Douglass Colored School; comments about teachers and Principal Fred Moore; church activities; segregated public facilities in Denton.
Date of Interview: 15/11/1991

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PEACE, Hazel Harvey (b. ca. 1903).

Interview ID: OH 1504

Schoolteacher, community and civil rights activist. Her reminiscences of many years as a teacher at I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth, Texas, and her activities in community affairs and the civil rights movement. Her family background; her childhood and early education in a segregated society; college at Howard University, Washington, D.C.; her interest in debate and drama at Howard; employment at I.M. Terrell High School; her activities with children's theater and debating societies in segregated schools; breaking down racial barriers at the Texas Christian University library; earning her master's degree at Columbia University; summer courses at Vassar College, Atlanta University, and Hampton College; her career as a high school English teacher; her work as a counselor, dean of girls, and vice-principle; her activities as secretary-treasurer of the Colored Teachers State Association and her editorship of its publication, The Texas Standard; teaching summer school at Prairie View A&M, Huston-Tillotson College, Paul Quinn College, and Wiley College; summer vacations in New York City; volunteer work at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth; Director of Student Activities at Bishop College, Dallas, Texas; her values, or "graces"; comments about current race relations in Dallas; comments about former U.S. political and civil rights leaders; her undergraduate years at Howard University; her activities with Alpha Kappa Alpha; employment at I.M. Terrell High School, Fort Worth, Texas, 1923; her role as secretary-treasurer of the Teachers State Association of Texas, 1935-52; problems peculiar to African-American education in Texas; her activities with the Texas Commission on Democracy in Education.
Date of Interview:
20/02/2003 to 28/03/2004

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PEACH, W. N. (b. 1912).

Interview ID: OH 0008

Professional economist. His experiences as one of the principal persons in the Rainey controversy at the University of Texas, 1944-45. His sympathies for New Deal labor legislation; being accused of pro-communist leanings; role of Dallas Morning News; investigations by Board of Regents and his dismissal; support by President Homer Rainey; role of AAUP.
Date of Interview: 24/06/1966

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PEAKE, David (b. 1924).

Marine Corps veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1041

Marine Corps veteran. His experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a member of the 5th Marine Division. Iwo Jima; occupation duty in postwar Japan.
Date of Interview: 09/10/1994

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PEARSALL, Burton S. (b. 1922).

Squadron 143. 1st Marine Aircraft Group. Marine Corps veteran. Squadron 143. 1st Marine Aircraft Group.

Interview ID: OH 1175

Marine Corps veteran (Squadron 143, 1st Marine Aircraft Group). His experiences as a dive-bomber pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Childhood and adolescence in Elgin, Illinois; enrollment at Iowa State University, 1940; enlistment in Naval Aviation Cadet Program, 1942; basic flight training, Wheaton, College, 1942; pre-flightschool, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1943; advanced training, Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, 1943; decision to become a Marine Corps pilot; Cherry Point Marine Air Station; dive-bomber training, Camp Lejeune; assignment as an SBD pilot; additional SBD training, Newport, Arkansas; assignment to 1st Marine Aircraft Group (Squadron 143) at Mangaldan, Luzon, during the Philippines Campaign, February, 1945; comments about General Douglas MacArthur; ground-support operations; comments about his love for combat; operations on Mindanao; Battle for Manila, Corregidor; thoughts about the Japanese; the Japanese surrender and the end of the war; postwar readjustment; changing attitudes toward Japanese as a result of service in Japan during the Korean War.
Date of Interview:
20/04/1997 to 21/04/1997

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PEARSALL, William W. (b. 1929).

Interview ID: OH 1185

His experiences on the homefront as a teenager in Elgin, Illinois, during World War II. Education and childhood in Elgin; local reaction to the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941; air raid drills and blackouts; attempts to make people war conscious; spy hysteria; censorship of mail; harassment of German Americans; gasoline rationing; scrap drives; war bond drives; Victory Gardens; rationing of tires; scarcity of automobile parts; black market activities; clothing shortages; Boy Scout activities; effects of having a brother and sister in the military; wartime entertainment for teenagers; high school war bond dances; V-E Day celebrations; V-J Day celebrations; attitudes toward Japanese; adjustment of brother and sister to civilian life.
Date of Interview: 18/06/1997

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PEARSON, Lloyd L. (b. 1923).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0557

Trucker, navy veteran. His experiences while aboard the battleship USS West Virginia during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 21/02/1982

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Interview ID: Oh 0629

Trucker. His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 11/03/1984

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PEARSTON, Jim (b. 1946).

Interview ID: OH 1710

For the Tarrant County War Veterans Oral History Project. Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Navy. Childhood in Rotan, Texs; father's military service; 1967 enlistment in U.S. Navy; service as hospital corpsman at naval hospitals in San Diego, Jacksonvilee, and Okinawa, and as a reconnaissance corpsman with a Marine unit in South Vietnam; difficulties in return to civilian life; enlistment in Naval Reserves; return to active duty; service aboard the USS Richard E. Byrd, at Naval Hospital Subic Bay, Philipines, Naval Aersospace Medical Research Laboratory, Pensacola, aboard the USS Prairie and USS Truxtun; break-up of two marriages; separation from Navy; work as a career counselor for military veterans; reconciliation with children; third marriage. 
Date of Interview: 05/12/2007

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PEAYS, Thomas (b. 1918).

Air Transport Command. Army Air Forces veteran. Air Transport Command.

Interview ID: OH 1400

Rancher, Army Air Forces veteran (Air Transport Command). His experiences in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. Enrollment in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, 1942; tenure as a primary flight training instructor of Aviation Air Cadets, Harmon Training Center, Ballinger, Texas, 1942-43; Air Ferry Command, 1943; induction into the Army Air Forces, 1943; assignment to the Air Transport Command, 1943; stationing at Tezgaon-Kurmitola, India, 1944; flying C-109s loaded with gasoline over "The Hump" into China; weather problems over the Himalaya Mountains; separation from the military, 1946.
Date of Interview: 06/02/1999

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PENICK, W. O. (b. 1916).

Interview ID: OH 1253

Aircraft worker. His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 07/08/1998

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PENNOCK, Inga Herzog (b. 1922).

Interview ID: OH 0855

Holocaust survivor. Her experiences during the Holocaust. Childhood in Berlin, Germany; education; discrimination during the early Hitler years, 1933-38; early attempts to emigrate; Kristallnacht, 1938; emigration to China, 1939; life in the Shanghai Ghetto under the Japanese; liberation, 1945; meeting her future husband in Shanghai; emigration to the United States, 1946; lasting effects of Holocaust experience.
Date of Interview: 27/01/1990

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Perdomo, Gloria Fabiola (b. 1953)

Interview ID: OH 1753

For the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. Colombian-born immigrant to Garland, Texas. Life in Colombia; husband’s decision to immigrate to the U.S.; joining husband in the U.S.; sons kidnapped in Colombia; illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico; obtaining labor certification and resident visa; comparison of life being in the U.S. illegally and legally; brother’s deportation; becoming an American citizen.
Date of Interview: 19/11/2012

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PEREZ, Jose (b. 1919).

Army veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0444

Army veteran. His experiences at Camp Malakole with A Company (Antiaircraft), 251st Coast Artillery, California National Guard, during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 08/07/1978

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PERKINS, H. Brandon (b. 1917).

Army veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0648

Army veteran. His experiences at Schofield Barracks with the 34th Combat Engineers during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 04/05/1984

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PERMENTER, C. L. (b. 1921).

Marine Corps veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0136

Marine Corps veteran. His experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Pre-war embassy duty with 4th Marines, Peking, north China; surrender and imprisonment at Wusong Prison Camp, Shanghai, 1941-42; Kiangwang Prison Camp, 1942-45, and American air raids; Pusan, Korea, 1945; Hakodate, Hokkaido, 1945; liberation.
Date of Interview: 25/10/1972

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PERRY, H. Grady (b. 1894).

Former member of the Texas House of Representatives, 1920-22. Democrat.

Interview ID: OH 0053

Former member of the Texas House of Representatives, 1920-22, 1946-50; journalist; brother-in-law to former Governor Coke Stevenson. His experiences in the Thirty-seventh Legislature; comments about former Governors Pat Neff, James and Miriam Ferguson, and Coke Stevenson; comments about former Senator Joe Bailey and Sam Johnson (Lyndon Johnson’s father); Southwest Texas machine politics; meeting with William Jennings Bryan.
Date of Interview:
08/04/1968 to 11/05/1969

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PESEK, Edwin (b. 1917).

441st Bomb Squadron. 320th Bomb Group. 12th Air Force. Army Air Forces veteran. 441st Bomb Squadron. 320th Bomb Group. 12th Air Force.

Interview ID: OH 1403

Accountant, Army Air Forces veteran (441st Bomb Squadron, 320thBomb Group, 12th Air Force). His experiences as a B-26 pilot in the European Theater during World War II. Enlistment in the Army Air Forces, 1942; pre-flight training, Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, 1942; primary flight training, Uvalde, Texas, 1942; basic flight training, Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas, 1942-43; advanced flight training, Ellington Field, Houston, Texas, 1943; bomber transition training, Barksdale Field, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1943; flying characteristics of the B-26; crew assignments and the description of persons in his crew; his flight overseas to Sardinia, 1944; assignment to the 320th Bomb Group at Decimomannu, Sardinia, 1944; living conditions at “Decimo”; his first mission, March, 1944, to the marshalling yards at Rome; bombing of the abbey of Monte Cassino, March 14, 1944; Operation STRANGLE, April-May, 1944; bridge-busting tactics; enemy flak and fighter opposition; battle stress; Operation DRAGOON and the invasion of southern France; the bombing of Toulon, August 10, 1944; transfer to Corsica, September, 1944; mission, November, 1944; reassignment to the States and mustering out of the service.
Date of Interview: 05/03/2001

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PETERS, Donald W. (b. 1924).

C Company. 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion. Army veteran. C Company. 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion.

Interview ID: OH 1273

Army veteran (C Company, 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion). His experiences in the Italian Campaign and experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Germans in the European Theater during World War II. Entry into the Army and basic training, 1943; transit across the Atlantic to North Africa and then to Naples; assignment as a replacement to the 83rdChemical Mortar Battalion; Monte Cassino; Anzio landing and being wounded by shrapnel when his ship sank; recuperation in Naples and return to his unit; murder of German POWs; Rome-Arno Campaign, 1944; invasion of southern France, 1944; transfer of the unit to the French Alps and his capture, 1944; initial incarceration in Torino (Turin); permanent POW camp at Stalag VII-A in Moosburg, Germany; POW life at Stalag VII-A; liberation; postwar adjustments to civilian life.
Date of Interview: 06/08/1998

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PETERS, Walter H. (b. 1923).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0745

Navy veteran. His experiences aboard the cruiser USS Detroitduring the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 22/04/1988

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PETERSON, Earl (b. 1918).

Army veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0364

Army veteran. His experiences at Schofield Barracks with the 3rd Engineers during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 07/03/1977

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PETERSON, Mae Cora Stewart (b. 1916)

YWCA. Fort Worth ISD.

Interview ID: OH 1765

Non-profit administrator and educator; South Carolina-born African American resident of Fort Worth, Texas. Childhood on South Carolina State College campus in Orangeburg, South Carolina; life under Jim Crow laws; working at Border Mission; move to and impressions of Fort Worth under Jim Crow laws; graduate school at the University of Michigan; colorism; husband’s job at Maxwell Steel in Fort Worth; cruise to Havana, Cuba, on a Jim Crow passenger ship; other blacks’ disbelief of privileged childhood and insulation from full effects of segregation; education jobs at various colleges; working at Executive Secretary for the Fort Worth YWCA; working as the dean of girls for Fort Worth ISD; segregated Fort Worth high schools and desegregation; maternal grandfather as white master’s son and associated privileges; trip to London and Paris with daughter.
Date of Interview: 25/07/2012

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PHELAN, Jerry (b. 1932).

Interview ID: OH 1049

Businessman. His experiences concerning the Kaiser Permanente-Prudential Insurance Company joint venture in providing health care.
Date of Interview: 15/03/1995

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PHILLIPS, J. O. (b. 1920).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0550

Optometrist, navy veteran. His experiences while aboard the seaplane tender USS Tangier during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 07/08/1981

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PIAZZA, Rev. Michael (b. 1954).

Interview ID: OH 1657

Pastor of the Dallas Cathedral of Hope. Childhood in Brunswick and Statesboro, Ga.; conversion from Catholicism to Methodist Church; decision to enter the ministry; process of “coming out” to self and family; college experiences at Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State University; experience in seminary at Oral Roberts University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University; experience of pasturing small town Methodist churches in south Georgia; effects of the civil rights movement and anti-war protests of the 1960s and '70s on his developing social consciousness development of Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) and Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC) denominations; volunteer work with Atlanta Gay Center Helpline; work as pastor of an Atlanta Methodist church, associate pastor of MCC Atlanta and pastor of MCC Jacksonville, Fla.; receiving “call” to pastor MCC Dallas; arrival in Dallas in midst of localized economic depression brought on by savings and loan crisis; family life with Bill Eure and two children; efforts to deal with AIDS crisis; difficulties the church congregation faced when he arrived; process of changing church’s name to Cathedral of Hope; development of Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance and Nelson-Tebedo AIDS Resource Center; difficulty finding creditors to finance new church buildings; demographics of Cathedral of Hope congregation; decision to leave UFMCC and affiliate church with United Church of Christ denomination; development of outreach and social justice ministries.
Date of Interview: 22/03/2007

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PICKENS, Steve A. (b. 1942).

Interview ID: OH 1126

Businessman, former president of Nocona Boot Company. His experiences as president of Nocona Boot Company, 1987-95; financial analyst for Justin Industries; comptroller for Nocona Boot Company, 1983-84; general manager of Nocona, 1984-87; president of Nocona, 1987-95; comments about Nocona’s founder, Ms. Enid Justin; “Urban Cowboy” craze and plant expansion, 1981; reorganization of boot manufacturing process; marketing and advertising strategies and the “Hero Series” posters; on-the-job training of plant executives; employer-employee relations; wages and benefits; western wear sales downturn, 1993 and layoffs; diversification of product line; creation of the “shoe boot”; his termination as president, 1995.
Date of Interview: 30/05/1996

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PIERCE, Wilford (b. 1909) and Mattie (b. 1916).

Interview ID: OHB 0103

Owners and operators of Pierce’s, Denton, Texas. Wilford’s family background; experiences working at Evers Hardware; effects of Depression in Denton; description of business on Denton Square, 1920s; Mattie’s family background; her comments on farming near Blum, Texas; experiences at Texas Woman’s University; establishment of greeting card and gift business, Denton, 1945; expansion into small appliances and sporting goods; description of hunting and fishing inventory; experiences with customers purchasing firearms; comments on repair business; sale of business, 1977; comments on volume of sales; views of husband-wife business relationship; description of personnel.
Date of Interview: 07/02/1986

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PILA, Max (b. 1920).

Interview ID: OH 0946

Holocaust survivor. His experiences during the Holocaust. Anti-Semitism in pre-war Poland; establishment of Ghetto in Zlav, 1939; deportation to Auschwitz, 1940; coal mining in Janina sub-camp; transfer to Birkenau; camp life; “Death March” from Birkenau to Bergen-Belsen, 1945; liberation; emigration to the United States.
Date of Interview:
15/10/1993 to 01/04/1994

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PINKNEY, John M. (b. 1946).

Interview ID: OH 1101

Business executive. His employment experiences with the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Texas. Employment with HMOs prior to joining Kaiser Permanente; government relations; employment with Kaiser Permanente, 1986; Dallas market; group practice models for HMOs; relations with the medical and hospital community in Dallas; marketing problems in Texas; competition; joint venture between Kaiser and Prudential; partnership between the physician component of the health care delivery system and the administrative (Kaiser) Component.
Date of Interview:
10/03/1995 to 05/11/1995

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PITTS, Connie H. (b. 1921).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1392

Navy veteran, law enforcement officer. His experiences while serving with the Birmingham, Alabama, Police Department during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s. His youth in a rural segregated community in Alabama; contacts with African-American servicemen while a member of the SeaBees during World War II; decision to join the Birmingham Police Department, 1946; lack of proper law enforcement training; his promotion to detective; attitudes of policemen toward the African-American community; abuses by the police department toward the African-American community; attitudes of the African-American community toward the Birmingham Police Department; zoning problems, housing, and bombings in the 1950s; attendance at the FBI Academy, Washington, DC, 1956; school desegregation incidents; comments about Birmingham’s Commissioner of Public Safety, Eugene (“Bull”) Connor; dealings with the Citizens Council of Alabama and other white supremacist groups; sit-ins and demonstrations; freedom riders; tactics used for crowd control; comments about Alabama Governor George Wallace; bombing of the Gaston Motel, May, 1963; comments about Martin Luther King, Jr., and other civil rights leaders.
Date of Interview:
30/10/2000 to 31/10/2000

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PIXLER, Willie (b. 1916).

Interview ID: OH 1549

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 15/03/2004

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PLACETTE, Harold (b. 1922).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1444

Navy veteran. His experiences while aboard the destroyer USS Phelps during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941; his subsequent experiences aboard the Phelps in the Pacific and Atlantic Theaters during World War II. His decision to enlist in the Navy, July 16, 1940; boot camp, San Diego, California, 1940; assignment to the Phelps and stationing at Pearl Harbor, November, 1940; his training as a radarman; pre-war training exercises; his detailed description of the Pearl Harbor attack; his activities in the days immediately following the attack; escort duty for the carrier USS Lexington; the Battle of Coral Sea, and the Phelps’s role in sinking the Lexington, May 8, 1942; escort duty for the carrier USS Enterprise; the Battle of Midway, June 3-6, 1942; offshore bombardment during the Aleutians Campaign, August, 1943; offshore bombardment during the Marianas Campaign, June, 1944, and battle damage to the Phelps by Japanese shore batteries; troopship escort duties in the Atlantic, 1944-45; decommissioning of the Phelps, November, 1945.
Date of Interview: 08/12/2001

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PLATTE, Claude (b. 1919).

Interview ID: OH 1633

For the Tarrant County War Veterans Oral History Project. World War II veteran and flight instructor to the Tuskegee Airmen. Childhood and early education in Fort Worth, Texas; early love of flying; decision to attend Tuskegee Institute and 1940 graduation; participation in Civilian Pilot Training Program; employment at Tuskegee’s Moton Field as flight instructor; opinions regarding various pilots at Tuskegee; postwar career as U.S. Air Force flight instructor.
Date of Interview: 27/07/2006

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PLEASANTS, William (b. 1919).

Patrol Torpedo Boat Squadron 22. Navy veteran. Patrol Torpedo Boat Squadron 22.

Interview ID: OH 1376

Navy veteran (Patrol Torpedo Boat Squadron 22). His experiences in the Mediterranean Theater during World War II. Assignment as executive officer for PT-309, PT Squadron 22, at Bastia, Corsica, 1944; interception of and engagements with German barge traffic along the western coast of Italy and the southern coast of France, 1944-45; encounters with German “F-lighter” armed barges; invasion of southern France, November, 1944; engagements with German shore batteries; participation in commando landings; capture of Italian MAS torpedo boats.
Date of Interview: 21/02/1997

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POFF, Kenneth (b. 1913).

1913th Engineer Battalion. Army veteran. 1913th Engineer Battalion.

Interview ID: OH 1207

Foundry worker, Army veteran (1913th Engineer Battalion). His experiences in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II. Advanced training, Camp Stoneman, 1943; stationing in New Guinea; invasion of Cape Gloucester, New Britain, and attachment to the 1st Marine Division, 1943; landings at Hollandia, 1944; invasion of Lingayen Gulf, Philippines, 1944; kamikazes; advance toward Clark Field; reconstruction of Clark Field.
Date of Interview: 10/08/1997

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POLENTA, Frank (b. 1923).

Interview ID: OH 0883

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 02/03/1993

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POLLAN, Howard (b. 1915).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0612

Navy veteran. His experiences while aboard the battleship USS West Virginia during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 22/10/1983

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POLNAC, James A. (b. 1924).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1226

Navy veteran. His experiences while aboard the light cruiser USS Honolulu during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 01/04/1998

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POMERANCE, Joseph B. (b. 1910).

Army veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0534

Physician, Army veteran. His experiences at the Station Hospital, Hickam Field, during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 06/12/1980

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PONCÉ, Hector (b. 1970).

Interview ID: OH 1695

For the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. Mexican-born immigrant to Arlington, Texas and UNT graduate student. Family history; childhood and education in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico; college experience at the University of Chihuahua; interest in broadcast journalism; transfer to UTEP; struggles to learn English; experiences with U.S. immigration bureaucracy; career in television production; career as bilingual elementary school teacher; decision to enter UNT’s PhD program in educational research; desire to remain in Dallas-Fort Worth era and earn U.S. citizenship; views on contemporary political issues.
Date of Interview: 07/10/2009

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POND, Jesse (b. 1917).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0260

Navy veteran. His experiences while aboard the destroyer USS Chew during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 07/12/1974

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PORTER, Phil (b. 1915).

Interview ID: OH 1129

Geologist His experiences in geology and the petroleum industry. Youth and education; early recollections of Everette Lee DeGolyer; employment with Geophysical Service, Inc., 1933; early refraction technology; employment with Atlatl Royalty Corporation, 1939; service as a naval officer with the Office of Procurement of Materials, Army/Navy Munitions Board, during World War II; postwar work with DeGolyer and MacNaughton; overseas work as a consultant for DeGolyer and MacNaughton; formation of his own consulting company, Terramar, as part of Sedco, 1970; work in the Middle East; decision to become an independent petroleum consultant; experiences in China, South America, Africa, and the former Soviet Union; Czech Uprising, 1969; development of Texas Instruments out of Geophysical Service, Inc.; comments about Cecil Green, Erik Jonsson, and Clarence Karcher; miscellaneous activities as a petroleum consultant.
Date of Interview: 20/04/1996

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POTEET, Bushman F. (b. 1917).

Interview ID: OH 1016

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Date of Interview: 16/10/1993

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POTTER, E. B. (b. 1908).

Interview ID: OH 1061

Historian. His experiences with the Intelligence Section of the 14th naval District, Pearl Harbor, during World War II. Education and appointment to faculty at U.S. Naval Academy; U.S. Navy Communications School, Westport Connecticut; assignment to Pearl Harbor; activities with RPIO, PEARL (Registered Publications Issuing Office, Pearl Harbor); comments about Commander Joseph Rochefort, Admiral Robert Ghormley, and Admiral Chester A. Nimitz; observations on Roosevelt-Nimitz-MacArthur Conference, July-August, 1944; Leyte invasion, knowledge of and distribution of codes.
Date of Interview: 08/10/1994

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POWELL, Steve (b. 1945).

Interview ID: OH 1652

For the Texas Textile Mill Oral History Project. Former employee of the Texas Textile Mill and longtime resident of McKinney, Texas. Childhood and education in McKinney public schools; work as cotton picker for local farmers; parents’ jobs in the mill; family life on “the mill block;” importance of the New Deal; memories of 1948 tornado; social life in McKinney; nature of work at the mill; union organizing; determination to earn an education so as not to have to work in the mill any longer; graduation from Baylor University; family history.
Date of Interview: 21/09/2006

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Pratt, Dr. Dan (b.*)

Interview ID: OH 1793

For the Malcolm Shepard Knowles Andragogy Oral History Project. Professor of Administrative Adult and Higher Education. Discusses relationship with Malcolm Shepard Knowles; definition of andragogy; use of andragogy in career; impressions of Malcolm Shepard Knowles.
Date of Interview: 05/03/1993

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PRCIN, Larry (b. 1952).

Interview ID: OH 1532

Real estate developer. His experiences concerning the Texas International Pop Festival, Lewisville, Texas, August 30-September 1, 1969. The influence of the Great Depression and World War II on his parents’ values; car-racing as a teenager in Lubbock, Texas; changing dress styles of the Sixties; influence of the Beatles; influence of Led Zeppelin and Santana; effects of watching the Vietnam War on television; his decision to attend the Texas International Pop Festival; influence of Woodstock; comments about the Hog Farm; skinny-dipping in Lake Dallas; the friendly atmosphere at the festival; comments about Led Zeppelin and Santana at the concert; lasting effects of his attendance at the concert.
Date of Interview: 14/02/2004

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PRENTICE, Thomas S. (b. 1917).

Army veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0479

Army veteran. His experiences at Fort Kamehameha with the 97th Coast Artillery during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 31/05/1979

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PRESSLEY, Kenneth (b. 1935)

Interview ID: OH 1872

For the Crisis at Mansfield Online Archive. Longtime white resident of Mansfield, Texas, member of the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Family history; town history; memories of race relations in Mansfield; eyewitness at Mansfield Crisis; concern that federal government attempted to “cram” integration down Mansfield’s throat; brother’s role in removing effigy from flagpole.
Date of Interview: 21/04/2015

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PRICE, John R. (b. 1907).

Caltex Petroleum Corporation.

Interview ID: OH 0682

Executive, Caltex Petroleum Corporation. On-the-job training with Texaco; assignment to China as terminal superintendent; the prewar China market; competition with Shell and Standard Vacuum; transfer to Ceylon; terminal expansion in Ceylon; development of the Ceylon market; transfer to Caltex (India); comments about William Pinckard; training of local nationals; development of the Calcutta terminal; Caltex (India) during World War II; living standards for overseas Caltex employees; assignment to Aden, 1945, for the development of bunkering facilities; transfer to India, 1947, as terminal superintendent and assistant general manager of Caltex (India); relations with Nehru and the Indian government; partition of India and Pakistan; postwar marketing strategies in India; relations between Caltex (India) and New York headquarters; transfer to South Africa, 1949, to reorganize the Operations Department; Caltex operations in South Africa; apartheid and Caltex; transfer to India, 1952, as general manager of Caltex (India); building of the Caltex refinery at Vishakhapatnam; labor relations; transfer to Australia, 1962, as shareholders representative; Kurnell refinery; appointment as regional director for Southern Africa, 1963; formation of Caltex East and Caltex West, background and results; refinery construction in Africa; enlargement of the Cape Town refinery; return of Caltex European operations to Texaco and Socal, 1967.
Date of Interview: 18/06/1986

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PRICE, Lore Sass (b. 1921).

Interview ID: OH 0843

Holocaust survivor. Her experiences during the Holocaust. Youth in Gelsenkirchen, Germany; pre-Nazi anti-Semitism; work and school in Berlin; Kristallnacht; job, education, and housing discrimination; deportation to the Riga (Latvia) Ghetto, 1942; life in the Riga Ghetto; transfer to concentration camp at Kaiserwald, 1943; transfer to Stutthof, Germany, 1944; separation from parents; transfer to Thorn, Germany, 1944; evacuation from Thorn; escape on January 28, 1945; liberation by Russian troops; relocation in Lodz, Poland, in April, 1945; marriage in Poland; emigration to the United States via Germany and Israel; war crimes trials.
Date of Interview: 03/12/1989

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PRICE, Rayford (b. 1937).

member of the Texas House of Representatives from Palestine. Democrat.

Interview ID: OH 0154

Attorney, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Palestine, Democrat. General views concerning problems in Texas state government. Taxation; lobby activities; annual legislative sessions; reforms in the office of House Speaker; insurance legislation; appropriations; legislative ethics; redistricting; House-Senate relations.
Date of Interview: 03/01/1972

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PRICE, Robert E. (b 1932).

Interview ID: OH 0963

Minister. His experiences as a resident of Hamilton Park, Texas, 1956-72. Youth in Southeast Texas; education in segregated schools; decision to move to Hamilton Park; church activities; home improvements; shopping; zoning problems; school activities; deed restrictions; desegregation of Hamilton Park School.
Date of Interview:
22/04/1991 to 29/04/1991

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PRIDGEON, Evilu (b. 1949)

Interview ID: OH 1852

For the Dallas LGBT Oral History Project. Educator and longtime Dallas LGBT activist. Childhood in Austin, Texas; education; work history; coming out; Dallas LGBT history; AIDS crisis in Dallas; LGBT activism; The Dallas Way; diversity in the gay community.
Date of Interview: 24/10/2015

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PROCHNOW, Alex (b. 1916).

Navy veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0249

Navy veteran. His experiences while aboard the minelayer USS Montgomery during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 24/08/1974

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PROCTOR, Pearline (b. ca 1925).

Interview ID: OH 0981

Her experiences as a resident of Hamilton Park, Texas, 1959-90. Youth in East Texas; segregated education; decision to buy home in Hamilton Park; home improvements; secretary for Civic League; zoning problems; deed restrictions and violations; desegregation of Hamilton Park School; Pacesetter; church activities; the “Buy Out.”
Date of Interview:
06/05/1991 to 19/05/1991

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PRUNTY, Luther G. (b. 1912).

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

Interview ID: OH 0689

Civil servant, Army veteran (2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery, Texas National Guard), member of the “Lost Battalion.” His experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Fall of Java and capture; Bicycle Camp, Batavia, 1942; Changi Prison Camp, Singapore, 1942; building the Burma-Thailand Death Railway, 1942-44; Tamarkan, Thailand, 1944-45, and American air raids; Phet Buri, Thailand, 1945; liberation.
Date of Interview:
20/10/1986 to 27/10/1986

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PRYOR, C. L. (b. 1920).

Marine Corps veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0139

College professor, Marine Corps veteran, survivor of the sinking of the USS Houston. 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; Tamuang, Thailand, 1944, and American air raids; Phet Buri, Thailand, 1944-45; liberation.
Date of Interview:
04/11/1972 to 20/02/1973

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Interview ID: OH 0723

College professor, Marine Corps veteran, survivor of the sinking of the USS Houston. His experiences concerning the Japanese treatment of prisoners-of-war while he was a POW during World War II.
Date of Interview: 05/12/1987

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PUENTE, Carlos (b. 1944).

Interview ID: OH 1481

Political activist. His involvement in the Mexican-American community of Fort Worth, Texas, 1970-2003. His family’s migration from Mexico to Texas in the 1920s; his youth in Galveston; his decision to quit school in the ninth grade; his earning a GED; business school at Galveston Business College and subsequent employment in the Galveston County tax assessor-collector’s office; his marriage; his being drafted into the Marine Corps, 1966; service in Vietnam for thirteen months; graduation from North Texas State University, 1971, with a degree in political science; the Chicano movement and involvement with student politics at NTSU; master’s degree studies at the University of Texas at Arlington in urban affairs; employment with the City of Fort Worth in the Planning Department; city manager internship, Weatherford, Texas, 1973-74; employment with the North Central Texas Council of Governments administering the Comprehensive Employment Training Act program, 1974-78; involvement with the Raza Unida party and the Ramsey Muñiz gubernatorial campaign; his founding and operation of the Northside Fort Worth newspaper El Reporter, 1976-78; his election to the Fort Worth School Board, 1978-84, and his role in instituting new programs for Northside High School; his successful campaign for county commissioner; his joining the Republican Party, 1991; community issues in the Northside area; his decision to become a public school teacher and administrator in the Arlington Independent School District; his becoming a born-again Christian; his activities with the Republican National Hispanic Assembly; the assistance of his wife in his political career.
Date of Interview: 11/03/2003

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