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Donald Progulske: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Progulske, Donald
Interviewer(s):
Arbona, Javier
Dunham, David
Title:
Donald Progulske: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Donald Progulske recalls his early childhood in Massachusetts, his early career as a machinist tool maker and his desire to join his brothers in the service during World War II. He describes his officers training program at Harvard and his subsequent assignment to Port Chicago in 1945. He briefly describes his time at Port Chicago and the end of the war, and then his return to college under the GI bill. He recounts his path to the PhD in forestry and wildlife and his subsequent career as a professor. He offers views on the public’s evolving views on the environment and race relations.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2010
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Progulske, Donald. "Donald Progulske: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Javier Arbona and David Dunham in 2010. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.