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WWII PilotsWorld War II: Pittsburgh Stories

An OnQ Special
They're our aging parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts - veterans of World War II - and each year there are fewer to tell their stories. Don't miss this compelling 60 minute documentary from the OnQ staff.

Pearl Harbor Reflections
Joseph Messner was 19 years old, and stationed on the U.S.S. Abocet on December 7, 1941. In this compelling interview, the native of Brighton Heights, Pennsylvania shares his story of the Japanese attack.

Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article: Pearl Harbor Vets' Memories Unfaded

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Tuskegee Airmen
These men broke racial barriers to fly with the elite African-American fighter group. This segment features memories from the veterans, as well as OnQ's coverage of the Tuskegee Airmen receiving their Congressional Gold Medals in Washington, DC.

Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

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World War II Women Veterans
They answered the call to join the military after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. This segment profiles several women from the Pittsburgh region who served their country: Lillie Lesesne (WAC nurse), Eleanor Berger (WAVE), Eva Turner (WAC), Sally Stephenson (WAVE).

The Women's Army Corps
United States Army Women's Museum
Military Women Veterans

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World War II Pilots
This segment highlights the war experiences of two Pittsburgh men. Bill Price flew fighter planes over Europe and shares rare gun camera video from his own plane. Jack McCloskey flew bombers, and shares memories of life as a POW, after his plane was shot down by the Japanese.

John H. McCloskey Jr. Obituary, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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My Father's Story
OnQ's Carol Lee Espy records the memories of a World War II veteran who is near and dear: her father, Carl Wood Espy Jr., who served on Omaha Beach, in Iwo Jima and during the occupation of Japan.

Pacific War Memorial Association

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