Oral History Interview with Stanford "Stan" Bernstein

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Title

Oral History Interview with Stanford "Stan" Bernstein

Description

Stan talks about his service with 82nd Seabees on islands in the Pacific such as Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and Okinawa. The other voice towards the end of the interview is Alex Strohmayer's.

For information additional about the 82nd Seabees (also referred to as 82nd Naval Construction Battalion), please click on this link: https://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/museums/Seabee/Cruisebooks/wwiicruisebooks/ncb-cruisebooks/82%20%20NCB%20%201943-45.pdf

Stan can be found in the list of Enlisted Personnel under Bernstein.

Creator

Yonkers Public Library

Source

Stanford Bernstein

Publisher

Yonkers Public Library

Date

6/4/2019

Relation

Oral History Interview with Alex Strohmayer: 
http://archive.ypl.org/items/show/674

Format

MP3

Identifier

2019.032.001

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Michael Walsh

Interviewee

Standford Bernstein

Location

Grinton I. Will Library

Original Format

MP3

Duration

23:45

Time Summary

00:22-Born in Bronx.
00:39-Baseball, basketball leagues in the Bronx.
1:11-Memory of December 7, 1941.
3:30-Enlisted in the Seabees.
4:00-Enlisted in 1942.
4:45-Goes to Rhode Island for boot camp.
5:11-Shipped to Gulfport, Mississippi.
5:43-Shipped to California.
6:21-Lands on New Caledonia.
6:41-Sent to Guadalcanal.
7:25-Clearing roads on Guadalcanal.
7:39-Gets malaria-goes to hospital.
8:20-Sent to Solomon Islands-building land strips for planes.
9:37-Sent to Bougainville Island.
10:05-Foxholes protection from spent shells.
11:20-Disembarking from ships due to attacking enemy planes.
11:42-Gets jungle rot-sent to Sydney, Australia to recover.
12:32-Lands on Okinawa.
13:05-Moves trucks and tanks inland for American forces.
13:36-Hears kamikazes above Okinawa attacking American ships.
14:10-500 out 1,000 stayed with the 82nd Seabees during the war. Stan was one of them.
15:17-Declines to stay in Seabees-post would be in the South Pole.
15:41-Suffers from dysentery.
16:36-Meets wife and gets married.
18:23-Ground coral used for airstrips.
18:37-Learned how to operate crane, bulldozers, and boats.
20:40-High cost of taking Iwo Jima.
21:53-Stan and Alex the last of the Jewish War Veterans organization in Yonkers

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Collection

Citation

Yonkers Public Library, “Oral History Interview with Stanford "Stan" Bernstein,” Yonkers Public Library Archive, accessed August 21, 2019, http://archive.ypl.org/items/show/675.