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Oral History Interview with Jean Balch, October 12, 1996
Interview with Navy veteran Jean Balch. The interview includes Balch's personal experiences about the Pacific theater, being a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II, boot camp, radio, radar, and gunnery school, operations during the Leyte invasion, missions over Luzon, and raids on Japanese installations on Formosa and Saigon, French Indo-China. Additionally, Balch talks about his plane being shot down on a raid to Hong Kong and his capture on January 16, 1945, interrogations and beatings by the Kempei-tai, imprisonment at Ofuna, Honshu, solitary confinement for six months and continued interrogation, beatings by Japanese prison guards, starvation diet, the end of the war and liberation, and his participation in the war crimes trials held by the International Military Tribunal.
Oral History Interview with Frank L. Dolan, December 15, 1995
Interview with Navy veteran Frank L. Dolan. The interview includes Dolan's personal experiences aboard the repair ship USS Vestal during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The interview includes an appendix with a narrative written by Dolan.
Oral History Interview with Earl E. Ambrose, October 6, 2007
Interview with Earl E. Ambrose, Korean War veteran, as part of the Tarrant County War Veterans Oral History Project. The interview includes Ambrose's personal experiences of childhood, basic training, volunteering for service in Korea, and attending Arlington State College using GI Bill benefits. Additionally, Ambrose discusses family experiences in military service, the decision to join the Marines, assignments to Quantico and Yorktown, Virginia, his brief combat experience and assignment to the Main Line of Resistance near the Imjin River, his discharge from the Marines, and his career with Bell Helicopter.
Oral History Interview with Johnny Case, March 5, 2003
Interview with jazz pianist Johnny Case. In the interview, Case talks about his family's acquaintance with Ernest Tubb, his early interest in rhythm and blues, how his parents, Elvis Presley, and local radio stations influenced his musical career, learning to play the piano and his interest in jazz, early gigs in Oklahoma and northeast Texas, his family's move from Paris, Texas to Dallas and his playing gigs at several clubs there, moving to Fort Worth, his collaboration with Tom Morrell in producing the 'How the West Was Swung' albums, his comments about the demise of western swings, gigs and clubs in Fort Worth, his transition from playing western swing to jazz, various jazz artists, okaying for African-American audiences, avant-garde jazz and its promoters, difficulties in making a full-time living as a jazz artist in Fort Worth, his employment at Sardine's Italian Restaurant in Fort Worth, the Caravan of Dreams and the resurgence of jazz in Fort Worth, his relationship with the local musicians union, Texas jazz, and the evolution of jazz in Fort Worth. The interview includes an appendix with an article, Case's discography, and Case's notes on various jazz musicians and venues.
Oral History Interview with Ivan Bounds, March 27, 2002
Interview with aircraft worker Ivan Bounds. The interview includes Bounds' personal experiences as a longtime resident of Denton County, Texas from 1926-2002.
Oral History Interview with Bob and Ada Reed Brewer, March 14, 1984
Interview with Ada Reed and Bob Brewer, owners and operators of A. B. McGill and Company General Merchants. In the interview, the Brewers discuss their family backgrounds, marriage, losses on charge accounts during the Great Depression, the change from clerk-service to self-service operation of the store, the credit business, purchasing clothes at the Dallas fashion market, customer interests, changes in product lines, commercial and residential growth in the Bertram area, using direct mail and radio advertising, their involvement with the Texas Retail Association, factors in developing a successful business, and civic activities. The interview includes an appendix with a flyer, photographs, articles, and letters.
Oral History Interview with William Hill, October 13, 1986
Interview with retired schoolteacher William Hill. The interview includes Hill's personal experiences concerning race relations in Sherman, Texas, 1915-30. Hill talks about the lynching of George Hughes in 1930, the African-American business and professional community in Sherman, and Ku Klux Klan marches.
Oral History Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, February 18, 2010
Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, longtime resident of Weatherford, Texas, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Towles' personal experiences of childhood and education in Weatherford, Depression-era struggles, and living in Weatherford during World War II. Towles also discusses her father's work with the Works Progress Administration, marriage to Norman Towles, her family's switch from Democratic loyalty to Republican, her personal evolution on race issues, and religious devotion.
Oral History Interview with R. G. Smith, December 7, 1978
Interview with Navy veteran R. G. Smith. The interview includes Smith's personal experiences while aboard the battleship USS California during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Oral History Interview with Emory M. Spencer, September 30, 1971
Interview with attorney Emory M. Spencer. The interview includes Spencer's personal experiences about being an attorney. Spencer talks about the development of the Coastal Bend area of South Texas 1920-71, cotton farming, Irish settlers and the Ku Klux Klan, gambling, the development of the Aransas County Airport, oil exploration, housing subdivisions, the Coastal Bend Regional Planning Commission, hurricanes, agriculture, property values, and prominent citizens of the county.
Oral History Interview with Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, April 19, 2011
Interview with University of North Texas Professor Dr. Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, Mexican-born immigrant to Denton, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Beckman's personal experiences about childhood in Mexico City, relocating to the U.S., her decision to attend Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, her culture shock and homesickness, marriage to Curt Beckman, the decision to earn a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Iowa, being hired at UNT, and her efforts to remain in touch with family members in Mexico.
Oral History Interview with Ivan Arteaga, October 27, 2009
Interview with Ivan Arteaga, Mexican national and immigrant to Princeton, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Arteaga's personal experiences of childhood and education in Mexico City. Arteaga also talks about his family's decision to immigrate to Provo, Utah, his first impressions of the U.S., marriage, deciding to relocate to Texas, opinions regarding anti-immigrant feelings prevalent in American culture and regarding the U.S. immigration bureaucracy, as well as his feelings about his two children's U.S. citizenship.
Oral History Interview with John D. Devine, December 5, 1980
Interview with Army Air Corps veteran John D. Devine. The interview includes Devine's personal experiences at Hickam Field with the 31st Bombardment Squadron during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Oral History Interview with George E. Waller, August 5, 1978
Interview with Navy veteran George E. Waller. The interview includes Waller's personal experiences while aboard the battleship USS Maryland during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Oral History Interview with John Korba, May 3, 1984
Interview with Navy veteran John Korba. The interview includes Korba's personal experiences while aboard the battleship USS West Virginia during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Oral History Interview with Dolphus Compere III, June 9, 2009
Interview with World War II veteran Dolphus E. Compere III as part of the Tarrant County War Veterans Oral History Project. The interview includes Compere's personal experiences of childhood in Dallas, Texas, medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Dallas, and interning at the University of Michigan prior to his enlistment in the Army Air Corp as a surgeon with the Third Air Commando Group. Additionally, Compere discusses his experiences in the Philippines providing medical care to military personnel and local civilians, his post-war medical career in Fort Worth, Texas, and his experience of returning a war souvenir, a Japanese ceremonial sword, to its ancestral family. Photographs are included throughout the interview.
Oral History Interview with Earl Selover, May 4, 1984
Interview with Navy veteran Earl Selover. The interview includes Selover's personal experiences while aboard the battleship USS Maryland during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Oral History Interview with K. O. Dahlgren, May 28, 2002
Interview with K.O. Dahlgren, civil engineer and Marine Corps veteran. The interview includes Dahlgren's personal experiences about being a PBJ co-pilot in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II, enlisting in the Navy, primary and secondary flight training through the Civilian Pilot Training Program, pre-flight training, basic and advanced flight training, and navigation school. Additionally, Dahlgren talks about his early interest in aviation, designation as an Aviation Cadet, the transition to multi-engine planes at Corpus Christi and his transfer to the Marine Corps, transferring to Cherry Point, North Carolina, crew formation and PBJ training at Cherry Point, advanced training, his personal views on combat and the Japanese, stationing to Green Island, "night heckling" missions to Rabaul, his assignment to and living conditions in Emirau, skip-bombing, strafing, and night bombing missions, rest and relaxation in Australia, his rotation back to the states, and his postwar career.
Oral History Interview with Eugene L. Crumling, May 18, 1999
Interview with Eugene L. Crumling, bartender and former professional ballplayer. The interview includes Crumling's personal experiences about being a professional baseball player in the U.S. during World War II. Crumling talks about his semi-pro baseball career in the late 1930s and early 1940s, the origin of his nickname, signing his first professional contract, life in the minor leagues during wartime, his draft classification as 4-F, his employment in defense-related work during the off-seasons, contrasts between life in the minors and life in the majors, individual Cardinals players, his first game and his first, and only, hit in the majors, the remainder of his minor league career, and his personal thoughts about the reserve clause, player strikes, modern-day salaries, and expansion.
Oral History Interview with Jane Armstrong, August 20, 1987
Interview with homemaker Jane Armstrong. The interview includes Armstrong's personal experiences about life on the Scott Jacobs Farm in Denton County. Armstrong talks about the purchase of the land by her grandfather, implements and outbuildings found on the farm, oil income and farm improvements during the 1920s and 1930s, rural entertainment and leisure activities, crops and planting, food preservation, in-town shopping, making homebrew and bootlegging activities, schools and churches, cemeteries, epidemics, and folk medicines and remedies.
Oral History Interview with Rick Dale, November 26, 2007
Interview with U.S. Marine Corps Pilot Richard Dale as part of the Tarrant County War Veterans Oral History Project. The interview includes Dale's personal experiences of childhood, education at Baylor University and Texas A&M, attending training at Camp Pendleton, California, Quantico, Virginia, and officer candidate school. Additionally, Dale talks about his decision to enter the Marines aviation program, his assignments to various naval air stations, the particulars of "tailhook" aviation, and his civilian career with Northwest Airlines. The interview also includes an appendix with a photograph and an active duty summary.
Oral History Interview with Ana R. Alonso-Minutti, October 21, 2009
Interview with assistant professor of music history at UNT Ana R. Alonso-Minutti, Mexican-born immigrant to Dallas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Alonso-Minutti's personal experiences of childhood and education in Mexico, attending college at Universidad de las Americas, discovering music history as a discipline of study, a one-year course of study in theology in Dallas, choir direction at a church in England, attending graduate school, and accepting a job offer from UNT. Additionally, Alonso-Minutti discusses family history, her grandparents' migration from Spain and Italy, her first impressions of the U.S., the decision to study musicology in the U.S. or Great Britain, the citizenship process, and the contrast of life in Mexico, England, California, and Texas.
Oral History Interview with Ed Fendell, October 27, 2006
Interview with Ed Fendell, NASA communications engineer and assistant flight director, as part of the Skylab Oral History Project. The interview includes Fendell's personal experiences about childhood, serving in the Korean War-era Air Force, and joining NASA in 1963. Additionally, Fendell speaks about his communications work for Apollo, Skylab, the International Space Station, and Space Shuttle program missions, trouble-shooting for Skylab missions, lessons learned from the Skylab program, personnel issues at the Johnson Space Center, and turf battles between the Johnson Space Center and other NASA centers. The interview includes an appendix with a photograph and text of what the back of the photograph reads.
Oral History Interview with Kenneth V. Adams, February 16, 1976
Interview with Navy veteran Kenneth V. Adams. The interview includes Adams' personal experiences while aboard the destroyer USS Henley during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Oral History Interview with Fred Agnich, August 11, 1975
Interview with Fred Agnich, businessman and member of the Texas House of Representatives, Republican. The interview includes Agnich's personal experiences as a member of the 64th Legislature. Agnich talks about the House speakership race, appropriations, committee appointments, the strip mining bill, public school financing, public utilities legislation, constitutional revision, and Governor Dolph Briscoe.
Oral History Interview with Eugene Fowler, Jr., Joel D. Fowler, Joe W. Specht, and Melody S. Kelly, October 11, 2008
Interview with Eugene Fowler, Jr., Joel D. Fowler, Joe W. Specht, and Melody Specht Kelly. The interview includes their personal experiences about the Duke and Ayres Store and the University of North Texas Lab School. The Fowlers and the Spechts talk about childhood and education, enlisting, family histories, the Denton square, various jobs, and race issues in Denton. The interview includes an appendix with photographs and articles.
Oral History Interview with Dennis Dunkins, March 8, 2006
Interview with Dennis Dunkins, African-American alumnus of North Texas State University. The interview includes Dunkins' personal experiences of childhood and education, enrolling in North Texas, majoring in Industrial Technology and his graduation in 1963, having a career with General Motors, as a business owner, and with Fort Worth ISD. Additionally, Dunkins speaks about 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, efforts to desegregate public facilities in Denton, and his summer jobs with Texas & Pacific Railroad Company. The interview includes a photograph of the University of North Texas Trailblazers in 2005.
Oral History Interview with Eunice Gray, October 16, 1987
Interview with Eunice Gray, schoolteacher and local historian. The interview includes Gray's personal experiences about Denton County, Texas from 1900 to 1987. Gray talks about the early history of her descendants, cattle raising and marketing, and the oil industry.
Oral History Interview with Robert D. Duvall, April 12, 1976
Interview with Navy veteran Robert D. Duvall. The interview includes Duvall's personal experiences while aboard the battleship USS California during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Oral History Interview with Vick Edmiston, August 22, 2003
Interview with truck driver Vick Edmiston. The interview includes Edmiston's personal experiences about being employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The interview includes an appendix with a photograph.
Oral History Interview with Janet Blair, June 25, 2001
Interview with homemaker Janet Blair. The interview includes Blair's personal experiences about being a Red Cross volunteer in the European Theater during World War II, education in Europe, working with "Bundles for Britain," various assignments, rationing and air raids in England, D-Day, and serving troops during the Battle of the Bulge. Additionally, Blair talks about her patriotic motivation, her decision to join the Red Cross, her selection as a clubmobiler, the formation of a lifelong friendship with Diana Marvin and Peggy Bell, the use of Greenliners, relationships between Red Cross women and U.S. military personnel, leave time in Paris, living conditions of France, looting, and the end of the war and her return to the States.
Oral History Interview with William Cottingame, September 13, 1978
Interview with Navy veteran Paul R. Rose. The interview includes Belotti's personal experiences while aboard the aircraft tender USS Curtiss during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Oral History Interview with Ernest L. Ellis, June 30, 1981
Interview with Ernest L. Ellis, owner and operator of Frank Ellis Dealer in Everything. The interview includes Ellis' personal experiences of employment with his father, Frank Ellis, in the general store. Ellis talks about his family background, effects of the Great Depression in New Hope, Texas businesses, food market opening, business operations during World War II, his employment as a feed salesman, general store advertising, his father's use of peddling wagon, Dallas fair and Mesquite trade day, and retirement.
Oral History Interview with Robert Cassel, March 17, 2004
Interview with truck driver Robert Cassel. The interview includes Cassel's personal experiences about being employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
Oral History Interview with Oscar H. Sauer, May 15, 1976
Interview with Navy veteran Oscar H. Sauer. The interview includes Sauer's personal experiences while aboard the battleship USS California during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Oral History Interview with William Garbo, Sr., 2003-2004
Interview with landscape architect and Army veteran William Garbo Sr. The interview includes Garbo's personal experiences about the G Troop, 112th Cavalry, in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World-War II, growing up in an Italian-American family in Mississippi during the Great Depression, volunteering for the draft and processing at Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, basic training at Camp Lee, Petersburg, Virginia, being assigned to the 26th War Dog Platoon and to New Guinea in 1944, the Battle of the Driniumor River and his attachment to elements of the 32nd Infantry Division, jungle patrols on New Guinea with his dog, his transfer to Troop, 112th Cavalry and the invasion of Layte, Philippines, and the living condition in the Philippine jungles. Additionally, Garbo speaks about the fighting prowess of his comrades in the 112th Cavalry, jungle patrols on Leyte and Luzon, the 112th's activities around Marungko and Antipolo, Luzon, descriptions of cannibalism by Japanese soldiers, his wounds from artillery shrapnel and evacuation by helicopter, his return to the 112th Cavalry and preparations for the invasion of Japan, witnessing the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay, occupation duty at Tateyama, Honshu, relations between Japanese civilians and American occupation troops, the destruction of Japanese defensive fortifications and weapons on Honshu, his return to the States, and mustering out of the service. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
Oral History Interview with Murphy Daniels, April 4, 2006
Interview with Murphy Daniels, African-American alumnus of North Texas State University. The interview includes Daniels' personal experiences about childhood and education, enrolling in North Texas rather than Texas Southern University, majoring in pre-med, serving in the United States Air Force, studying at Southwestern Medical School, and pursuing medical research. Additionally, Daniels speaks about his difficulties with white professors and graduate assistants, race relations on campus, social life among black students on campus, and off-campus life in "Shack Town" and the support from black citizens of Denton.
Oral History Interview with Sharon Acierno, October 9, 2007
Interview with Sharon "Tommie" Acierno, Vietnam War veteran, as part of the Tarrant County War Veterans Oral History Project. The interview includes Acierno's personal experiences about childhood, dropping out of high school and enlisting in the U.S. Army, basic and clerical training, working as drill sergeant at Ft. McClellan, struggling with alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder, and working with the Vietnam Veterans of America group. Acierno also discusses her coming out experience, volunteering for assignment to Vietnam, her clerical duties with a logistics unit at Long Binh, the camaraderie among gay and straight troops, her experiences with apathetic citizens and antiwar protesters upon return to the U.S., deciding to leave the Army and relocate to Dallas, her experience in the Veterans Administration psychiatric ward, and her opinions regarding the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy and the treatment of women in the military generally. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
Oral History Interview with Leslie W. Bray, Jr., March 3, 1999
Interview with Army Air Forces veteran Leslie W. Bray, Jr. The interview includes Bray's personal experiences about the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II, youth during the Great Depression, flight training, being designated as the commander of the 16th Combat Cargo Squadron, stationing at Sylhet, India as part of his assignment to the CBI Theater, supplying the British 14th Army in Burma, flying difficulties due to weather conditions, various transfers, and flying "The Hump." Bray also talks about his early aspirations to become an aviator, initial failures to pass the Air Forces physical examination, his assignment to Troop Carrier Command, flying C-47s with the 1st Troop Carrier Group, his appointment as assistant group operations officer for the 10th Troop Carrier Group, Air Force School of Applied Tactics, the training of replacement units at various Air Force installations, the deactivation of the 16th Combat Cargo Squadron, and his postwar Air Force career and retirement as a general officer.
Oral History Interview with Sally Bermejo Bravo, March 24, 2013
Interview with Sally Bravo, second generation of Bermejo women, for the Mexican American Women's Educational Experience Oral History Project. The interview includes Bravo's recollections of schooling in Fort Worth, the scholastic structure of her home life, cultural expectations and limitations on education, and the meaning of high school graduation, as well as educational goals for children, the role in sending children to college, and the generational changes in educational goals. It includes an appendix with the Bermejo family tree.
Oral History Interview with Alvin O. Berg, Jr., May 14, 2005
Interview with Alvin O. Berg, Jr., World War II-era Army Air Forces veteran, as part of the Tarrant County War Veterans History Project. The interview includes Berg's personal experiences of childhood and education, enlisting in the Army Air Forces, training as an aviation cadet and service at various stateside bases, fighting in the Pacific theater, having a postwar career in minor league baseball, returning to service during the Korean conflict, and having a career as a pilot for American Airlines.
Oral History Interview with Ruby Cole, November 29, 2006
Interview with Ruby Cole, resident of southeast Denton, as part of the Quakertown Oral History Project. The interview includes Cole's personal experiences about attending segregated schools in Denton, and living in a house moved from Quakertown. Cole also talks about her memories of educator Fred Moore, the folklore of Quakertown neighborhood and reasons for its disintegration, the efforts to create an African American museum in Denton, and Quakertown in the community's historical memory.
Oral History Interview with Margaret Hunt Davis, April 30, 2006
Interview with Margaret Hunt Davis, alumna of North Texas State University. The interview includes Davis' personal experiences about childhood in rural East Texas, making the decision to attend North Texas, campus life, graduating with a degree in library science, and having a career in Dallas public schools.
Oral History Interview with Harlan W. Crouse, July 2, 2004
Interview with Army veteran Harlan W. Crouse. The interview includes Crouse's personal experiences about combat in the Philippines during World War II, the Japanese surrender in Yokohama Harbor, and being present during the post-war U.S. occupation of Japan.
Oral History Interview with Ernest Galeassi, September 16, 1988
Interview with Army veteran Ernest Galeassi. The interview includes Galeassi's personal experiences at Hickam Field with the 324th Signal Company during the Japanese attack a Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Oral History Interview with Cece Cox, March 14, 2012
Interview with Cece Cox, Executive Director of Resource Center of Dallas and longtime activist in the LGBT community. The interview includes Cox's personal experiences of childhood in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, her college years at Northwestern University, and coming out the family, friends, and co-workers. Cox talks about the awareness of her sexual orientation, the supportive reactions of family, her decision to move to Dallas, Texas for a job, her involvement in the Dallas LGBT community, thoughts on Texas Penal Code 21.06-the Sodomy Law, the struggle for gay men to receive AIDS treatment at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas Gay Alliance's activism in AIDS treatment and care as well as in the struggle for equal treatment and human rights. Additionally, Cox talks about her impressions of Don Baker, Judge Jerry Buchmeyer and his decision to overturn penal code 21.06, changes in Dallas's LGBT community, family life, and Resource Center Dallas's history and services. The interview also includes an appendix with articles, Vol. 4, No. 2 of the THRF News newsletter, and a certificate of incorporation for the Foundation For Human Understanding.
Oral History Interview with Murray Daniel, March 1, 2000
Interview with Navy veteran Murray Daniel. The interview includes Daniel's personal experiences about the light cruiser USS Helena, the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, the antiaircraft cruiser Reno in the Pacific Theater during World War II, boot camp, the peacetime Navy, the immediate aftermath of the Japanese attack, various naval engagements around the Solomon Islands, the sinking of the Helena in the Kula Gulf, a kamikaze hit and torpedoing to the Reno, and postwar effects of his experiences in World War II.
Oral History Interview with Wilbur H. Ford, November 18, 1999
Interview with Army Air Forces veteran Wilbur H. Ford. The interview includes Ford's personal experiences about being a B-17 pilot in the European Theater during World War II, training, transferring to the Army Air Force from the Army, flight training, B-17 transition training, and crew training. Ford also talks about his assignment to the 401st Bomb Group, enemy flak, the highlights of his nine missions over Germany, battle damage to his plane, the Dresden raid, returning to the States, and transition training in B-29s for transfer to the Pacific Theater.
Oral History Interview with Robert Cook, October 19, 2012
Interview with Army veteran Robert Cook. The interview includes Cook's personal experiences in the European Theater as well as experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Germans in Stalag 17 and post-war life. The interview also includes an appendix with a photograph.
Oral History Interview with David Bedell, April 25, 1986
Interview with Army veteran David Bedell. The interview includes Bedell's personal experiences at Hickam Field with the 443rd Signal Battalion during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.