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William Kirschbaum: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Kirschbaum, William
Interviewer(s):
Redman, Sam
Title:
William Kirschbaum: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
William Kirschbaum describes life growing up in San Francisco during the Depression and recalls his participation in World War II. He describes his father’s difficult efforts to support the family and recalls the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and attending the 1939 World’s Fair. He remembers the start of the war, rationing, joining the State Guard and then the Merchant Marine. He describes life on a Victory Ship and recalls the war ending. He describes his path to staying in the military after the war and provides views on how the military has changed.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2012
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Kirschbaum, William. "William Kirschbaum: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Sam Redman in 2012. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.