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Newton Talks

An Oral History Project for the city of Newton.

Peter Neumann, 3/1/2016

Peter Neumann was drafted into the United States Army in 1969 after graduating from Central Connecticut State Community College.  He talks about the resistance to the war, the draft lottery, and some close calls in Vietnam.

Richard Silverman, 3/1/2016

Richard Silverman, a life-long Newton resident, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 while a student at Brown University.  He discusses landing in Normandy, serving as a cryptographer, and attending school in Paris after the war.

Paul Chernoff, 4/5/2016

Paul Chernoff enlisted in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS) [which became the Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA Corps) in 1965] in 1961. He discusses the last hydrogen bomb test on Christmas Island, serving as a courier, lessons he learned in the military, and his work with veterans.

Robert Lebowitz, 4/5/2016

Manny Brown, 5/3/2016

Manny Brown was drafted into the U.S. Army in October, 1942. He talks about his training, interactions with local people in Wales, and the days leading up to D-Day. Mr. Brown has lived in Newton since 1983.

John Hicks, 5/3/2016

John Hicks served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1981. Hicks recalls a collision with an underwater mountain, an accident during a torpedo repair, and the difficulties of communicating with home.

Don Laliberte, 5/3/2016

Don LaLiberte was drafted into the United States Army in 1969. He discusses the lack of acknowledgement and appreciation he experienced upon returning from Vietnam and describes his involvement in the Brockton VA Hospital and American Veterans, Inc. (AMVETS).

Kevin McElaney, 6/2/2016

Kevin McElaney was drafted into the United States Army in February 1968. McElaney discusses the draft, soldier friendships and the personal impact of his service.

Philip Stoner, 6/2/2016

Philip Stoner enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August, 1966 at the age of 23. Stoner discusses the disconnect between civilians and the military, treating Vietnamese children for yaws disease, his own exposure to Agent Orange, post-military life, and growing up in Auburndale (Newton), Mass.

Arthur Talis, 7/7/2016

Arthur Talis enlisted in the Navy in August, 1945, interrupting his evening college business studies to follow in his older brother's footsteps. He discusses the day Nagasaki was bombed, a near collision with a whale, and his family's experience during the Great Depression.

Werner Gumpertz, 7/7/2016

Richard Aronson, 7/7/2016

Thomas O'Connor, 8/4/2016

Thomas O'Connor enlisted in the United States Army in June, 1975 after graduating from Brookline High School. He discusses his physical training, social life at the barracks, his return to Boston, and an incident at Fort Sill during which a round was mistakenly fired on the base.

Robert Ellertsen, 8/17/16

Robert Ellertsen enlisted in the Navy in the spring of 1967, a few weeks prior to graduating from Gettysburg College (Penn.). Ellertsen recalls his motivation for volunteering to become a Naval officer, the fear of being drafted into the Army, and the relative normalcy and comfort of his life in the military during the war. He talks about his disagreement with the war, and reflects on the loss of life.

Francis Tobin, 9/1/16

Francis J. Tobin enlisted in the Air Force in 1963. He shares several stories of his experience in Vietnam, and reflects on its significance and positive impact. He also touches upon the difference between the treatment of returning Vietnam vets, and those currently returning from conflicts in the Middle East.

Julius Breslouf, 9/1/16

Julius Breslouf was drafted into the United States Army in 1953 after having graduated from the New England College of Pharmacy.  He reflects on how his military experience positively affected him and his pride in having served.

Robert Whitten, 10/6/16

Elyse Katz, 10/6/16