WWII Stories

World War II Stories

It was the bloodiest conflict in human history. At the time, World War II affected nearly everyone on earth. Many current Bay area residents experienced the struggles of WWII first hand. For Veteran's Day week, we bring you three Florida Stories from WWII.
In conjunction with Ken Burns’ “The War,” WUSF has produced a pair of documentaries focusing on two Bay area communities and their residents who served in the military at that time. “Tampa Goes to War,” will air Thursday, November 15 at 10:00 PM, immediately after the fifth part of “The War.” “Plant City Goes to War” will air Saturday, November 17 at 10:00 PM.
This week's stories:
1. Lars Dohm was a young boy of seven when the war reached his native Denmark. He spoke with his son David about his experience during this difficult time.
2. Our second story comes from William Russell. He talks with his wife Catherine about his WWII experience in the South Pacific. He was told he would be serving with the Seabees when he enlisted in the US Navy in 1943.
3. Finally, we hear from Edith Illgen. She was a young girl living in Germany when the war broke out. Edith tells about living under the Hitler regime and the drastic differences from American war life. She speaks with her friend Carol Byrd.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

Contact Information

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And if you have an idea for a show or want to contact the producers, send an e-mail to floridamatters@wusfmail.org.

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