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Oral History Interview with T. R. Milton, 2006-2007

Description: Interview with General T. R. Milton, retired U.S. Air Force general and former commander of Thirteenth Air Force. In the interview, Milton gives his opinions regarding various commanders, USAF traditions compared to those of other services, including discussions of uniforms and force cohesiveness, Air Force Chiefs of Staff, and Air Force execution of various Cold War policies. He also talks about his combat experience in the European Theater of World War II, gives his thoughts on command and leadership, and voices his concerns regarding the U.S. Air Force Academy, force organization, and command structure.
Date: October 11, 2006
Creator: Hurley, Alfred F. & Milton, T. Ross
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Robert Cook, October 19, 2012

Description: 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.
Date: October 19, 2012
Creator: Lane, Peter B. & Cook, Robert
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with William Barsanti, June 26, 2004

Description: Interview with accountant and Army veteran William Barsanti. The interview includes Barsanti's personal experiences about the European Theater during World War II, his youth in an Italian immigrant family, graduating from high school and enrolling in college, then in the Enlisted Reserve Corps, being inducted into the U.S. Army, basic training, being selected for the Army Specialized Training Program, transferring to the 106th Infantry Division, and his assignment to Cannon Company as a supply sergeant. Barsanti also talks about the living conditions at Stalag XII-A and Stalag II-D, Stargard, Germany, evacuating to Bremervorde, Germany, liberation, and his postwar business career in Europe.
Date: June 26, 2004
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Barsanti, William
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Janet Blair, June 25, 2001

Description: 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.
Date: June 25, 2001
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Blair, Janet
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Mansfield Millington Bascom, January 29, 2000

Description: Interview with engineer and Army veteran Mansfield Millington Bascom. The interview includes Bascom's personal experiences about the European Theater during World War II, basic training, action on the Siegfried Line, the Battle of Aachen, individual episodes of close ground combat, German tank concentrations immediately prior to the Ardennes Offensive, being wounded and evacuating from the front, recuperation, and returning to the states.
Date: January 29, 2000
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Bascom, Mansfield Millington
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Edward J. Drake, 2002

Description: Interview with attorney and Army Air Forces veteran Edward J. Drake. The interview includes Drake's personal experiences about being a B-17 pilot in the European Theater during World War II, youth and education in Dallas, Texas, enlistment in the Aviation Cadet Program, various training programs, bombing transportation facilities during and after the Ardennes Offensive, crash-landing in Belgium after his plane was hit, and linking up with American troops. Additionally, Drake talks about his assignment to the 91st Bomb Group, the routine for a typical mission, formation flying, flying through enemy flak, rest and relaxation on-base and in London, recuperating from a collapsed lung, his return to combat for three more missions, and his return to the crash site of his plane 57 years later. The interview includes an appendix with "The Last Flight of 'Jezebel,'" written by Drake.
Date: October 16, 2002
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Drake, Edward J.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program