World War II


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Interviewees discuss World War II (1939-45) and its coverage on television.

Highlights
Garry Simpson on showing civil defense films during World War II and NBC not broadcasting television during the war after 1942
Frances Buss Buch on working on the CBS TV news program when Pearl Harbor was attacked
Steve Allen on being drafted into World War II
Angela Lansbury on her recollections of the outbreak of World War II
Bill Dana on the Leopoldville disaster, the "Cheshire Cats," and visiting Dachau concentration camp
Delbert Mann on serving in the Air Force during World War II
Who talked about this topic

Robert Adler

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Robert Adler on early projects he was assigned at Zenith and on Zenith and World War II

Mary V. Ahern

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Mary V. Ahern on her experience during World War II

Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on being drafted into World War II

Alex Anderson

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Alex Anderson on his experiences during World War II

Howard Anderson, Jr.

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Howard Anderson Jr. on his military service 

Charlie Andrews

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Charlie Andrews on his service in World War II

Army Archerd

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Army Archerd on serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on his service in World War II

Erik Barnouw

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Erik Barnouw on how World War II impacted him and his work
Erik Barnouw on forming and heading the Armed Forces Radio Services education unit

Ralph M. Baruch

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Ralph M. Baruch on his family's experiences in World War II in Germany and France

Joe Behar

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Joe Behar on getting drafted in World War II

Donald Bellisario

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Donald Bellisario on early memories of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
Donald Bellisario on his childhood town's reaction to World War II

Dick Berg

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Dick Berg on his experiences in World War II

Wade Bingham

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Wade Bingham on the types of films he made as a child, and on making training films during World War II

Lucille Bliss

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Lucille Bliss on performing at Armed Forces Talent Shows during World War II and auditioning the Marine Corps Band

Haskell Boggs

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Haskell Boggs on his activities during World War II

Al Borden

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Al Borden on his experience in World War II and living through the Great Depression
Al Borden on his service in World War II

Eric Braeden

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Eric Braeden on growing up in Germany during World War II

David Brinkley

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David Brinkley on his World War II experience

Frances Buss Buch

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Frances Buss Buch on working on the CBS TV news program when Pearl Harbor was attacked

Ken Burns

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Ken Burns on producing the WWII documentary The War: A Ken Burns Film

Marge Champion

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Marge Champion on her experiences during World War II

Julia Child

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Julia Child on her time in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II
Julia Child on her time in the OSS during World War II (continued)

Sam Christaldi

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Sam Christaldi on World War II's impact on Du Mont

Robert Clary

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Robert Clary on being placed in a concentration camp with this family during World War II
Robert Clary on being liberated from Buchenwald in 1945
Robert Clary on how Hogan's Heroes was vastly different from his own real life World War II experience, and more on his character, "LeBeau"
Robert Clary on his eventual decision to share his and his family's story of being placed in a concentration camp during World War II
Robert Clary on his work speaking about the Holocaust for the Shoah Foundation, and on being the subject of the documentary "Robert Clary A5714: A Memoir of Liberation"

Art Clokey

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Art Clokey on working with film during World War II

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on how his family was affected by World War II

Shelley Berman with Emerson College

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Shelley Berman on the importance of comedy in his life, on the importance of comedy during World War II, and on Jewish humor

Henry Colman

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Henry Colman on serving in the Air Force during World War II

Fred de Cordova

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Fred de Cordova on his experiences in World War II

Alexander Courage

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Alexander Courage on becoming a bandleader in the Army during World War II and attending the Army Music School
Alexander Courage on starting to arrange music while he was in the Army

Richard Crenna

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Richard Crenna on his activities during World War II

Bill Dana

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Bill Dana on the Leopoldville disaster, the "Cheshire Cats," and visiting Dachau concentration camp
Bill Dana on being sent to witness the concentration camp at Dachau by President Eisenhower

James Day

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James Day on his experiences in World War II

Sam Donaldson

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Sam Donaldson on being a child during WWII

Louis Dorfsman

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Louis Dorfsman on joining the Army during World War II

David Dortort

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David Dortort on his activities during World War II

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on getting drafted into the Army during World War II

Bob Doyle

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Bob Doyle on his experience during World War II

Dominick Dunne

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Dominick Dunne on his service in the Army during World War II

Ralph Edwards

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Ralph Edwards on his bond, paper, and copper drives with Truth or Consequences during World War II
Ralph Edwards on the 1958 episode of This Is Your Life set in Hawaii to honor those who perished at Pearl Harbor and raise funds for a memorial

Irving Fein

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Irving Fein on trying to serve as a publicist for a General during World War II

Les Flory

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Les Flory on commercial television coming to a halt when World War II started and the development of new technologies during the war years

Horton Foote

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Horton Foote on his activities during World War II, and on bringing his play "Only the Heart" to Broadway

June Foray

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June Foray on writing scripts for the Office of Civilian Defense during World War II

Jonathan Frid

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Jonathan Frid on his experience during World War II

Murray Fromson

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Murray Fromson on seeing his Japanese-American classmates taken out of their classroom a few weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the discrimination he witnessed against Japanese-Americans

James Garner

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James Garner on his family and World War II

Greg Garrison

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Greg Garrison on his experience in World War II

David Gerber

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David Gerber on his experience in World War II

Lewis Gomavitz

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Lewis Gomavitz on his experience with World War II
Lewis Gomavitz on his experiences with World War II and on working at an experimental television station

Julian Goodman

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Julian Goodman on serving in World War II for a short time and contracting pneumonia

Paul Henning

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Paul Henning on writing for the radio version of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show during World War II

Don Hewitt

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Don Hewitt on his experience during World War II

Pat Hitchcock

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Pat Hitchcock O'Connell on coming to the United States as a child and her recollections of World War II

Martin Hoade

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Martin Hoade on his experience with World War II
Martin Hoade on directing the made-for-television movie Duty Bound, about the Vietnam War

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on going into the Army during World War II

Stanley Hubbard

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Stanley Hubbard on the pause in the development of television during World War II and his father's early radio stations

Roy Huggins

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Roy Huggins on his activities during World War II

Alan Jaggs

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Alan Jaggs on his service in World War II

Joseph Jennings

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Joseph Jennings on his activities during World War II

Loren Jones

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Loren Jones on having been privy to the development on the atom bomb

Sidney M. Katz

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Sidney M. Katz on his experience as an editor and filmmaker in World War II

Bob Keeshan

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Bob Keeshan on his experiences in World War II

Lynwood King

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Lynwood King on his experiences in World War II

Jack Klugman

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Jack Klugman on being drafted in War World II

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on his activities during World War II, including working for Armed Forces Radio

Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin on the first time she saw television, and on her experience with World War II

Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury on her recollections of the outbreak of World War II

Ring Lardner, Jr.

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Ring Lardner, Jr. on his experiences during World War II

Peter Lassally

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Peter Lassally on how his German family was affected by World War II

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on his experience with World War II in the Air Force

Jim Lehrer

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Jim Lehrer on his experience growing up during World War II

Richard Lewis

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Richard Lewis on his experience during World War II

Frank Liberman

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Frank Liberman on his experience with World War II

Jay Livingston

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Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on how World War II affected them
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on how World War II affected them

James L. Loper

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James L. Loper on how World War II affected his family

Sidney Lumet

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Sidney Lumet on his experience during World War II

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on getting into radio in New York and the onset of World War II
Stewart MacGregory on his experiences in World War II
Stewart MacGregory on becoming a cryptograph specialist in World War II

Robert MacNeil

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Robert MacNeil on his experience of World War II

Delbert Mann

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Delbert Mann on serving in the Air Force during World War II
Delbert Mann on entering World War II, his recollections of Pearl Harbor, and joining the Air Force
Delbert Mann on D-Day, V-E Day and V-J Day; on seeing special service troops perform

Abby Mann

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Abby Mann on writing the Playhouse 90 classic "Judgment at Nuremberg"
Abby Mann on writing Playhouse 90: "Judgement at Nuremberg"

Martin Manulis

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Martin Manulis on his experience during World War II

Garry Marshall

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Producer Garry Marshall on being a child in New York during WWII

Peter Marshall

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Peter Marshall on his service in World War II

Leslie H. Martinson

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Leslie H. Martinson on his experiences in World War II

Bob May

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Bob May on continuing to work with Olsen & Johnson when he was drafted into the Army during World War II

Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon on his activities during World War II

Bill Melendez

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Bill Melendez on his experiences during World War II

Vic Mizzy

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Vic Mizzy on serving in the Navy's welfare recreation office during World War II - working on films and writing shows
Vic Mizzy on composing songs that became hits during World War II
Vic Mizzy on playing the organ for the Navy during World War II and falling ill

Paul Monash

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Paul Monash on his experience during World War II

Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas W. Moore on his experience with World War II

Priscilla Morgan

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Priscilla Morgan on her brother's experience in World War II and joining the WAVES
Priscilla Morgan on her experiences in the Navy WAVES

Tad Mosel

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Tad Mosel on growing up in the Great Depression and his experience in World War II

Frank Nastasi

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Frank Nastasi on his service in World War II

Anne Nelson

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Anne Nelson on CBS Radio during World War II, and on content concerns

Hugh O'Brian

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Hugh O'Brian on his World War II service

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on his experience during World War II

Arthur Penn

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Arthur Penn on his experience with World War II, and on meeting Fred Coe and Lester Shorr
Arthur Penn on putting on plays while touring around Europe during World War II

Don Pike

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Don Pike on engineering cameras for bombs during World War II

Abraham Polonsky

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Abraham Polonsky on his experience with World War II
Abraham Polonsky on being involved with the OSS during World War II

Tom Poston

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Tom Poston on his service in World War II

David Pressman

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David Pressman on his service in World War II

Jacques Pépin

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Jacques Pépin on his family's experience with World War II, and on food rationing during the war

Ward Quaal

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Ward Quaal on the country entering Word War II and on announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor

Arthur Rankin, Jr.

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Arthur Rankin Jr. on World War II delaying his career

Sumner Redstone

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Sumner Redstone on code breaking during World War II

Del Reisman

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Del Reisman on his service during World War II, and on his education
Del Reisman on the impact World War II had on Rod Serling's writing, and on Serling's celebrity, brought about by The Twilight Zone

Gene Reynolds

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Gene Reynolds on his service in the Navy in World War II

Larry Rhine

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Larry Rhine on his experience with World War II

Hank Rieger

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Hank Rieger on serving in World War II and having his first experience with public relations during the war

Heino Ripp

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Heino Ripp on being in the newsroom on D-Day

Andy Rooney

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Andy Rooney on his experience in World War II, and on writing for Stars and Stripes
Andy Rooney on his work at Stars and Stripes during World War II
Andy Rooney on the CBS Radio coverage of World War II, and on going to Normandy in the wake of D-Day
Andy Rooney on his editors at Stars and Stripes and on encountering Ernest Hemingway
Andy Rooney on covering the end of World War II for Stars and Stripes

Phil Rosenthal

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Phil Rosenthal on being named after his grandfather and how his grandfather survived during World War II

Stanley Rubin

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Stanley Rubin on serving in the Motion Picture Unit during World War II

Morley Safer

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Morley Safer on being a child of World War II

Isabel Sanford

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Isabel Sanford on her experience with World War II, and on her early memories of television and movies

Thomas W. Sarnoff

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Thomas W. Sarnoff on his military service during World War II (and briefly on his father being a general)

Bob Schiller

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Bob Schiller on his five-year service during World War II

Daniel Schorr

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Daniel Schorr on his experiences during World War II
Daniel Schorr on his experiences during World War II

Sherwood Schwartz

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Sherwood Schwartz on  serving in the U.S. Army and writing for Armed Forces Radio during World War II

Ralph Senensky

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Ralph Senensky on serving in World War II

David Shaw

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David Shaw on his activities during World War II

Sidney Sheldon

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Sidney Sheldon on serving in the Air Force during World War II and writing plays

John Silva

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John Silva on how World War II affected his family; on becoming a radar officer in World War II
John Silva on the technological innovations he learned about as a a radar officer in World War II

Garry Simpson

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Garry Simpson on serving in the Navy as a test engineer
Garry Simpson on showing civil defense films during World War II and NBC not broadcasting television during the war after 1942

Abby Singer

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Abby Singer on his time in World War II

Sid Smith

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Sid Smith on joining the Marine Corps College Program during World War II; on transferring to the Navy

Howard K. Smith

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Howard K. Smith on getting arrested by the Gestapo
Howard K. Smith on censorship he faced at CBS radio in Berlin during World War II
Howard K. Smith on leaving Germany and arriving in Switzerland on December 7, 1941

Bob Smith

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"Buffalo" Bob Smith on his experience with World War II

Ben Starr

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Ben Starr on serving in World War II as an Air Force Navigator and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross

Jerry Stiller

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Jerry Stiller on serving in World War II

Brandon Stoddard

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Brandon Stoddard on developing The Winds of War  and War and Remembrance 

Gale Storm

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Gale Storm on her involvement with the war effort during World War II

George Takei

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George Takei on being confined to an American internment camp during World War II 

Stanford Tischler

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Stanford Tishchler on serving in World War II as a film editor

Clint Walker

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Clint Walker on serving in the Merchant Marines during World War II

Joseph A. Wapner

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Joseph Wapner on learning of President Roosevelt's death during World War II

Ruth Warrick

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Ruth Warrick on World War II

Bob Weiskopf

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Bob Weiskopf on his service in World War II while working for The Fred Allen Show
Bob Weiskopf on his wife almost going to an internment camp during World War II

Lou Weiss

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Lou Weiss on moving up through the ranks at William Morris and his experience with World War II

Ethel Winant

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Ethel Winant on her experience with World War II

Perry Wolff

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Perry Wolff on his experience in World War II and writing a novel about it

Bud Yorkin

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Bud Yorkin on his service in World War II

Frederic Ziv

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Frederic Ziv on how his company was affected by World War II

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