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Alfred Soo: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Soo, Alfred
Interviewer(s):
Li, Robin
Title:
Alfred Soo: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Alfred Soo grew up in Berkeley, California in the 1920s and 1930s. After attending Berkeley High, he went for a short time to San Francisco City College. In this interview, he talks about growing up, leaving college to take a position at the shipyards with an expectation of being drafted. He describes his training in the Army, first in weather observation and then navigation, in preparation to fly B17s for the Army Air Corps. He recounts his clear memories of being shot down over Germany in 1944, his prisoner of war experience, and his liberation in 1945. In 1949, Mr. Soo married and moved to El Cerrito, California.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2011
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Soo, Alfred. "Alfred Soo: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Robin Li in 2011. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.