Edward Mosier discusses growing up in Montana during the Great Depression where he lived part time with his father in Deer Lodge and part time with his aunt and uncle’s ranch at Gold Creek. He describes attending school in Deer Lodge, working odd jobs, often times through government programs such as the Works Progress Administration [WPA] and Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC], and hunting for food and supplies. Mosier recalls joining the Army Air Corps during World War Two and being deployed outside of Manila in the Philippines. He discusses being bombarded by Japanese airplanes in December 1941 and the injuries he sustained. Mosier describes being transported on a boat from the Philippines to Sydney, Australia, then later to New York. He notes that the ship he was on was also transporting German POWs who had served under General Erwin Rommel. Mosier discusses attending the University of Montana after the war, working for Bell Telephone Company, then the Montana Highway Department. He concludes by detailing the various military organizations he joined the reunions he attends.
Otterville, Missouri; Deer Lodge, Montana; Gold Creek, Montana; Ranching, Montana; Great Depression, 1929-1945; Works Progress Administration [WPA]; Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC]; World War, 1939-1945; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Pearl Harbor, bombing of; U.S. Armed Forces; U.S. Army Air Corps; U.S. Air Force; Wheeler Field, Hawaii; Hickam Field, Hawaii; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Flight navigation; Flight instruments; The Philippines; Manila, the Philippines; Luzon, the Philippines; Corregidor, the Philippines; Bataan, the Philippines; Prisoners of war [POWs]; Erwin Rommel; Bell Telephone Company; Jack Hemingway; University of Montana, Missoula; Montana Highway Department; Rural Electrification Administration
U.S. Military Veterans Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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2 sound cassettes (60 min. each) analog + 1 transcript (43 p.: 28 cm.)
Mosier, Edward E., "Edward E. Mosier Interview, November 28, 1989" (1989). U.S. Military Veterans Oral History Collection. 5.