World War II and Anoka County

The further into the past a war or conflict gets, the easier it is for us to forget or lose track of its affects on our own localities. Oral history can be an especially effective method for combating this loss of awareness, since the people speaking to us can provide not only an account of the events they experienced, but also the things that they thought and felt at the time. In the 1980s, ACHS conducted a series of interviews with Anoka County veterans of the Second World War. Altogether, we have more than 30 interviews documenting the memories and experiences of these men and women.

The audio of these interviews is available for listening in the Reading Room at ACHS.

Many interviews are with veterans of the war, but some were conducted with family or spouses of military personnel, and a few with residents of the county who were connected to the war in other ways. Please note that sometimes interviews were conducted with more than one person at the same time, so the same transcript may be linked for different names. A single interview will often cover several topics, and many do not focus solely on WWII. The list is alphabetical by last name of the interviewee(s).

Beck, Frances – Transcript
Blase, Douglas – Transcript
Bradley, Lyle – Transcript
Brama, John – Transcript
Butler, Dorothy – Transcript
Caswell, Arthur – Presentation
Collins, Anna – Transcript
Conde, John – Transcript
Cox, Wesley – Transcript
Dehn, Leonard – Transcript
Dupre, Melvin – Transcript
Erickson, Rex – Transcript
Hansen, Donald*
Homicke, Richard*
Houser, Carolyn – Transcript
Jacobson, Vincent – Transcript
Johnson, Audrey (Pat) – Transcript 1987, Transcript 2007
Kubat, Edward – Transcript
Lindstrom, Glen – Transcript
Murzyn, John – Transcript
Nehring, Everett (Ed) – Transcript
Neros, Jerome – Transcript

Opem, Elder – Transcript
Page, Eleanor*
Rassmussen, Joseph*
Rivard, Marcell – Transcript
Ruffcorn, Ruth – Transcript
Sinderson, Shirley – Transcript
Sorenson, Rick – Transcript
Triggs, Charles – Transcript
Wyatt, Willis – Transcript

*Transcripts are not currently available for these interviews.

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