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BURGE, Jack (b. 1918)

U.S. Navy WWII Veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0427

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; Tamarkan, Thailand, 1944; Saigon, French Indo-China, 1944-45; liberation.
Date of Interview: 16/05/1978

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BURGIN, Selwyn R. (b. 1914)

Interview ID: OH 0805

His experiences while employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Childhood in Terrell, Texas and Tyler, Texas; joining the CCC; assignment to a camp in Maydelle, Texas; transfer to a camp in Lindale, Texas; camp move to Marshall, Texas; description of camps; life in camps.
Date of Interview: 19/09/1990

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BURGOON, Charles Weldon (b. 1930)

Interview ID: OH 1771

Life-time Denton resident and business owner. Childhood in Denton, Texas; genealogy; Denton city and country history; area rodeos; schooling in Denton; summer job mowing lawns; country living; various jobs; leather-working and tooling; lack of shotgun shells and metal bathtubs during the Second World War; courtship of wife and marriage; Cowboy Turtle Association; start selling hand-made goods at rodeos; Dallas Sportatorium; professional wrestling; opening a saddle shop and western store in the original building; making saddles; Harpool’s Farm Store; changes in saddle shop; daughter’s involvement in the saddle shop; son’s college years and move to California; rental properties and effect of the recession; thoughts on work ethic.
Date of Interview: 24/05/2012

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BURGOS, Erik (b. 1988)

Interview ID: OH 1878

For the Dallas DREAMers Oral History Project. DREAM Team activist. Immigration to Colorado at two years old; life as undocumented; family’s decision to leave Mexico; involvement in the North Texas DREAM Team; activism; DACA.
Date of Interview: 11/11/2015

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BURK, Volnie S. (b. 1917)

U.S. Army WWII Veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0097

Survivor of the siege at Fort Hughes near Corregidor. His experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Fall of fort Hughes and capture; Bilibid Prison, Manila, 1942; Cabanatuan, 194²-43; Bilibid Prison, 1943-44; fall of Manila, 1945; liberation.
Date of Interview: 10/01/1972

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BURKHARD, Joy (b. 1973)

Interview ID: OH 2063

For the Postpartum Depression and Maternal Mental Health Oral History Project. Joy Burkhard is a maternal mental health advocate, working on behalf of women with postpartum depression, postpartum psychosis, and related diagnoses. Burkhard is founder and executive director of the nonprofit 2020 Mom (the Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health). She discusses how she came to found the organization, from her work at CIGNA Healthcare California to her volunteer work with the Junior League of Los Angeles. She discusses legislative strategy, postpartum policy making, and bipartisanship.
Date of Interview: 06/10/2022

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BURLAGE, George (b. 1918)

U.S. Marine Corps WWII Veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0063

Civil servant, Marine Corps veteran, survivor of the siege of Corregidor. His experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Fall of Corregidor and capture; Bilibid Prison, Manila, 1942; Cabanatuan, 1943-44; hell ship to Japan, 1944; Hasakura and Sendai, Honshu, 1944-45; liberation.
Date of Interview: 18/11/1970

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BURNS, Estel G. (b.1921)

U.S. Army Air Forces WWII Veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1703

For the Tarrant County War Veterans Project. World War II veteran and B-17 pilot. Childhood and education in Bates County, Missouri; family history; farm life in the Great Depression; 1942 enlistment in Army Air Corps; basic training; training for aviation mechanics at Sheppard Field, Texas; radio school in Sioux Falls, S.D.; acceptance into pilot training at Maxwell Field, Ala., Helena, Ark., Chanute Field, Ill., and Sioux City, Iowa; marriage to Dorothy Perrin; assignment to 401st Bomb Group in the 8th Air Force; trip across the Atlantic on the USS Brazil; life at Deenethorpe Air Base, England; crew members and their respective duties on his plane, Grin and Bare It, details of various missions bombing German targets, both military and civilian, throughout 1944; feelings about missions against civilian targets; opinion of Luftwaffe pilots and of Germans more generally; return to U.S.; postwar Air Force career, including service in Korean War.
Date of Interview: 14/10/2009

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BURNS, George (b. 1917)

U.S. Army WWII Veteran. 2nd Battalion. 131st Field Artillery. Texas National Guard.

Interview ID: OH 0176

Postal worker, farmer, 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; Kanchanaburi, Thailand, 1944; Bangkok, 1945; liberation.
Date of Interview: 12/03/1974

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BURNS, Jonathan (b. 1915)

U.S. Army WWII Veteran. 200th Coast Artillery. New Mexico National Guard.

Interview ID: OH 0545

Survivor of the Bataan Death March. His experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Fall of Bataan and capture; Bataan Death March; Camp O’Donnell, 1942; Cabanatuan, 1942-44; Bilibid Prison, Manila, 1944; hell ship to Japan, 1944; Moji, 1944-45; A-bomb damage at Nagasaki; liberation.
Date of Interview: 21/07/1981

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BURRIS, Charles W. (b. 1917)

U.S. Army Air Corps WWII Veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0657

Survivor of the Bataan Death March. His experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Fall of Bataan and capture; Bataan Death March; Camp O’Donnell, 1942; Cabanatuan, 1942-44; Bilibid Prison, Manila, 1944; hell ship to Japan, 1944; Fukuoka, Kyushu, 1945; liberation.
Date of Interview: 05/04/1984 to 21/02/1985, 14/05/1985 to 31/05/1985

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BUSBY, Anna Urda (b. 1912)

U.S. Army WWII Nurse.

Interview ID: OH 0470

Her experiences at Tripler General Hospital, Fort Shafter, during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 08/12/1978

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BUTTERWORTH, Cecil A. (b. 1919)

U.S. Navy WWII Veteran.

Interview ID: OH 0592

His experiences while aboard the battleship USS Pennsylvania during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Date of Interview: 05/12/1982

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BUTTOLPH, Betty (b. 1931)

Interview ID: OH 1206

Her reminiscences and experiences concerning the Gainesville (Texas) Community Circus, 1930-1954. Founding of the circus; comments about founder A. Morton Smith; her initial participation as a clown, 1939; clown performances; circus training; “Seven Dwarfs” act; auditioning; making of costumes; demise of the circus.
Date of Interview: 01/06/1986

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BUTTON, R. F. (b. 1910)

Interview ID: OH 0253

His experiences as a former Denton County, Texas, whiskey maker.
Date of Interview: 12/11/1974

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Interview ID: OH 1209

His experiences producing whiskey during Prohibition in Denton County, Texas.
Date of Interview: 01/07/1980

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BUZZO, Dan (b. 1921)

U.S. Army WWII Veteran. 2nd Battalion. 131st Field Artillery. Texas National Guard.

Interview ID: OH 1245

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; Kanchanaburi, Thailand, 1944; Tamuan and Tamuang, Thailand, 1944; Nakhon Nayok, Thailand, 1944-45; liberation.
Date of Interview: 11/02/1998 to 12/02/1998

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BYATT, Nancy (b. 1976)

Interview ID: OH 2060

For the Postpartum Depression and Maternal Mental Health Oral History Project. Nancy Byatt is a perinatal psychiatrist, and director of the UMass program Lifeline for Family Center and also the program Lifeline for Moms. The interview centers on her work as the founder of The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program for Moms (MCPAP for Moms). She discusses her training in psychiatry, her efforts to get MCPAP for Moms funded around 2010, and her involvement in statewide Massachusetts initiatives (Rep. Ellen Story Postpartum Depression Commission) around postpartum mental health. She also discusses grassroots advocacy work to get MCPAP for Moms permanently funded, and then efforts to spread these programs around the country through federal legislation.
Date of Interview: 16/09/2022

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BYNUM, Angela (b. 1977)

U.S. Army OIF Veteran.

Interview ID: OH 1677

For the Tarrant County War Veterans Oral History Project. Childhood and education in California and Gatesville and White Settlement, Texas; decision in enlist in U.S. Army; basic training and advanced training as motor transport operator at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri; inability to withstand Airborne training at Ft. Benning, Georgia; postings in Kansas and Germany; decision to leave active duty in 2002; use of GI Bill benefits to attend Tarrant Community College; 2004 call-up from reserve duty and deployment to Iraq; family’s concerns regarding deployment; training in avoidance of improvised explosive devices; transport missions between Iraq and Kuwait; aspects of daily life for American soldiers stationed in Iraq.
Date of Interview: 16/11/2007

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BYNUM, Ben (b. 1943)

Texas House of Representatives. Democrat.

Interview ID: OH 0137

Public relations consultant, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Amarillo, Democrat. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Regular and First Special Session of the Sixty-second Legislature. Revenue bills; corporate profits tax; Sharpstown stock-fraud scandal; legislative ethics; “Dirty Thirty”; appropriations; redistricting; personal legislation
Date of Interview: 22/09/1971

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Interview ID: OH 0156

His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-third Texas Legislature. Freshmen legislators; reform legislation; appropriations; insurance legislation; comments about Governor Dolph Briscoe.
Date of Interview: 03/07/1973

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Interview ID: OH 0304

His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-fourth Legislature. House Speakership race; committee appointments; public school financing; public utilities legislation; constitutional revision; insurance legislation; personal legislation; comments about Governor Dolph Briscoe.
Date of Interview: 10/10/1975

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BYRD, John H. (b. 1921)

457th Bombardment Squadron. 8th Air Force. U.S. Army Air Corps WWII Veteran. 457th Bombardment Squadron. 8th Air Force. 457th Bombardment Squadron. 8th Air Force.

Interview ID: OH 1118

His experiences and recollections while serving as radio operator in the 8th Air Force in England during World War II.
Date of Interview: 24/01/1996

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