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Oral History

Oral history is talking history, it is the recording of people's memory. Our oral history project is intended to bring history to life as Bayonne residents narrate their experiences on war, culture and heritage. The first phase of our oral history collection is the Veterans' History Project and the second contains the reminiscence of Bayonne residents as they walk down memory lane.

This collection contains a wealth of information and we are pleased to offer these to our community.

Veterans' History Project

There are 19 million war veterans now living in the United States, but everyday we lose about 1,500 of them. The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project , and was signed into law by President Clinton on October 27, 2000. VHP is designated to collect first-hand-accounts of U.S. veterans and to preserve their unique experience for future generations.

Here are personal narratives of some of the War Veterans of Bayonne; the tapes are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.

A prior appointment is necessary to hear these compelling accounts of war.

The interviews took place in the Archives of the Bayonne Free Public Library.

 

Antinoro, Stephen

War: WWII
Branch: Army
Service Location: Germany
Highest Rank: Private First Class

 

Ballwec, Owen E.

War: Korean
Branch:
Service Location:
Highest Rank:

 

Barulli, Larry

War: Korean
Branch:
Service Location:
Highest Rank:

 

Bednarski, Henry

War: Korean
Branch: Marine Corps
Service Location: Korea
Highest Rank: Corporal

Benedetto, Eugene

War: Korean
Branch: Marine Corps
Service Location: Korea
Highest Rank: Lance Corporal

Berens, Gerald

War: WWII
Branch: Army
Service Location: Central Pacific Theater
Highest Rank: Private First Class

Brelinsky, Michael

War: WWII
Branch:
Service Location:
Highest Rank:

Mayor Dennis P. Collins

War: WWII
Branch:
Service Location: Pacific Theater
Highest Rank:

Cook, Vincent

War: WWII
Branch: Army
Service Location: European Theater
Highest Rank: T-5

DeFrank, Joseph

War: Vietnam
Branch:
Service Location:
Highest Rank:

Ege, Frederic S.

War: WWII
Branch: Medical Service Corp. AUS
Service Location: SW Pacific Theater
Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Ferrante, Serafino

War: WWII
Branch: Army
Service Location: France & Germany
Highest Rank: Private first Class

Gironda, Vito

War: WWII
Branch:
Service Location:
Highest Rank:

Glowacki, Alfred

War: WWII
Branch:
Service Location:
Highest Rank:

Goldman, Edward

War: WWII
Branch: Army-Medical Corps
Service Location: Belgium & Germany
Highest Rank: T-5

Harris, Henry

War: WWII
Branch: Navy
Service Location: European Theater
Highest Rank: MOMM. First Class

Hennessey, James

War: WWII
Branch: Army
Service Location: European Theater
Highest Rank: Private First Class

Herbert, Edwin

War: Korean
Branch:
Service Location:
Highest Rank:

Kowalczyk, Edward

War: Korean
Branch: Air Force
Service Location: Korea
Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant

Lazarov, Harry

War: Korean
Branch: Army
Service Location: Korea
Highest Rank: Sergeant First Class

Ormsby, John

War: Korean
Branch:
Service Location:
Highest Rank:

Newman, Irving

War: WWII
Branch:
Service Location:
Highest Rank:

Pipolo, Joseph

War: WWII
Branch: Navy
Service Location: Africa & Europe
Highest Rank: Seaman First Class

Powers, Edward F

War: WWII
Branch: Navy
Location:
Highest Rank: Fireman Second Class

Rooney, John

War: Vietnam
Branch:
Service Location:
Highest Rank:

 

Rossnick, Gerald H.

War: WWII
Branch: Air Force
Service Location:
Highest Rank: Private First Class

Ryan, Francis

War: WWII
Branch: Air Force
Service Location: India, Burma and Tinian Island
Highest Rank: Sergeant

Sanchez, Henry

War: WWII
Branch: Navy
Service Location: European and Pacific Theater
Highest Rank: Seaman first Class

Schimel, Beatrice

War: WWII
Branch:
Service Location: Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Highest Rank: Corporal

Shumann, Gerald

War: Korean
Branch:
Service Location: Okinawa, Japan
Highest Rank:

Silvocka, Frank

War: WWII
Branch:
Service Location:
Highest Rank:

Sullivan, Ralph

War: WWII
Branch: Army Air Corps
Service Location: European Theater
Highest Rank: Private First Class

Yoffredo, Gil

War: Korean
Branch: Army
Service Location: Korea
Highest Rank:

Zare, George

War: WWII
Branch: Army/Air force
Service Location: Europe
Highest Rank: Private First Class

Reminiscence of Bayonne Residents