Military History

OH 1948

Experiences at University of Alabama and in US Air Force. Flight School at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, and Basic Training in Mississippi. Assignments in Keflavik, Iceland, Red Bluff, CA, and NORAD Sector as Captain in electronics and communications. Certified for the F-102 at Perrin Air Force Base, Sherman, TX. Experiences while assigned to combat squadron in Saigon during Vietnam War. Life after Vietnam era and work experiences flying world-wide for businesses and the private sector, particularly as pilot for Frank Sinatra.

OH 0059

Artist, 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; imprisonment in Surabaja, 1942; Changi Prison Camp, Singapore, 1942; hell ship to Japan, 1943; Nagasaki shipyards; Tokyo, 1943-45; liberation.

OH 1275

College professor. 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.

OH 0139

College professor, 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.

OH 0689

Civil servant, 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.

OH 0249

His experiences while aboard the minelayer USS Montgomery during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

OH 0479

His experiences at Fort Kamehameha with the 97th Coast Artillery during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

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.

OH 1745

For the Denton County Historical Commission. Native resident of Denton, Texas. Family history; relation to the first elected official in Dallas, Texas; Denton’s First State Bank; childhood and schooling in Denton; family during the Great Depression; playing piano; the Denton Square; Pearl Harbor and the Second World War; attending the University of North Texas; husband’s background; courtship; life in Austin, Texas; return to Denton; husband’s legal career; catering business; community involvement; children and grandchildren.