North American Aviation - Kansas Reunion Interviews


Interviews with 14 individuals conducted at a 2006 reunion of former employees of North American Aviation, Inc. - Kansas (NAAK). Interviewees worked in various capacities, including as Rosie the Riveters, as artists, and assembling B-25s and P-80s. They discuss their jobs as well as their personal lives, accidents at the plant and in test flights, and memories of World War II.

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Individual interviews appear at the following times: 01:13 Marjorie Riggin 05:09 Antonia Medellin 07:02 Mildred Theno 10:05 Don Sole 10:42 Betty Wilkinson 15:26 Morris Kindle, Jr. 18:25 John Emmert 23:32 Cleo Thomann 31:20 Robert Jacobs 35:49 Hazel Thomas 39:29 Robert Soptic 42:56 Harry Brown 48:09 Alice & Harry Desko
This project was funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library.
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Veteran's Oral History Project

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This oral history recording is presented as a historical document of the recollections and opinions of persons living and/or working in Kansas City when the history was conducted. Minor edits have been made to remove pauses, interruptions and verbal tics, and the recording is otherwise verbatim as it was captured. These oral histories represent the thoughts and opinions of the original participants and do not reflect the views of the Kansas City Public Library or its partner organizations in this oral history project.