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Oakland Army Base Oral History Project

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Works: 48 works in 48 publications in 1 language and 179 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  History 
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Most widely held works by Oakland Army Base Oral History Project
Jack and Eleanor Bollinger : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Jack Bollinger( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jack and Eleanor Bollinger were married in 1947. In this joint interview, the Bollingers share their sixty years of memories of the Oakland Army Base. Their memories of the base date back to a fleeting moment around 1940, before the base was commissioned, when Eleanor caught a glimpse of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt touring the area that would become the base. As World War II veteran of the Navy, Jack Bollinger later worked as an electrician building federal Capehart Housing to shelter troops stationed on the base
Queen Thurston : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Queen Thurston( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queen Thurston moved as a child with her parents to West Oakland in 1942, where she was raised. After graduating from Berkeley High School, she became active in community and political organizations in the Oakland African-American community. Following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which resulted in the collapse of the Cypress Freeway, Thurston helped organize the Coalition for West Oakland Revitalization. Thurston then became active in the West Oakland Community Advisory Group (WOCAG) which was created through the Oakland Base Reuse Authority (OBRA). In this interview, Thurston discusses her advocacy on behalf of the West Oakland community and its interest in the fate of the Oakland Army Base
James McGrath : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by James McGrath( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James McGrath was born in Washington while his father worked at the Hanford nuclear facility. He was raised in Los Angeles and attended UC Berkeley during the 1960s. He then worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Coastal Commission. He was hired by the Port of Oakland as Environmental Manager in 1990. In his capacity as port Environmental Manager he played a role in the realignment of the Oakland Army Base from military to civilian use
Filomena "Amy" Estrada : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Amy Estrada( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amy Estrada was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States with her parents in 1966. After graduating with a degree in accounting from San Francisco State University, Estrada worked at several Bay Area military installations before accepting a position as an auditor at the Oakland Air Base in 1989. In this interview, Estrada describes her work on the base, the ramp-up to the Gulf War, and the cultural diversity on the base, including the annual Humanity Week celebrations
Lee Sandahl : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Lee Sandahl( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lee Sandahl was born in 1945. Throughout his adult life Standahl worked on the docks as a member of the International Longshore Workers Union. In that capacity, he was periodically hired to work at the Oakland Air Base and in this interview offers his opinion as a longshoreman of issues that came up while working at the base
Robert Taylor : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Robert Taylor( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Taylor was born in 1945 and raised in Washington DC. Taylor enlisted in the Army in 1965 and served in Vietnam as a career officer. He was stationed at the San Francisco Presidio from 1977 until his retirement from the services in 1985. He then gained a position as a civilian employee with the Army and assisted in the base closure effort. In this interview, Taylor discusses the base closure and realignment process at the Oakland Air Base
Michael Thomas : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Michael Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Thomas was born in 1960 in Germany, where his father was stationed in the US Army. After graduating high school in 1978, his father took an post at the Oakland Air Base (OAB) and the family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Thomas attended San Jose State University and, then, upon graduating enlisted in the Army where he spent 10 years on active service and five in the reserves. While on active duty, he served at the OAB Military Traffic Management Command. He was discharged from the Army in 1993 and went to work for the American President Lines shipping company. In this interview, Thomas discusses his life in the military and the core functions of the OAB
Janice McDonald : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Janice McDonald( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Janice McDonald was born in the late 1940s and was raised in Oakland. At the age of 18, while attending Merritt College, McDonald took a job at the Oakland Air Base. She left the base in the mid-1970s but returned in 1980 and remained working there until news of the base closure hit in 1995. In this interview, McDonald discusses her work on the base and the social and cultural life of employees and personnel on the base
Stanley Rudney : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Stanley Rudney( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stan Rudney was born in 1917 in Brooklyn. During the late 1930s, Rudney worked as a military civilian contractor helping to build Harmon Field in Newfoundland, among other jobs. After the Second World War began, he enlisted in the army and was stationed at a number of bases during the war, including a short stint in San Francisco. After the war he alternated between active duty and civilian work, including periods at Fort Mason and the Oakland Air Base
George Gaebler : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by George Gaebler( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Gaebler was born in Missouri but has resided in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1922. He had the opportunity to see the Oakland waterfront before the Oakland Army Base (OAB) was built in the buildup to World War II. Gaebler was a reservist after the war and then served during the Korean War. His longest involvement with the OAB was as instructor and leader of the Army Reserve School on the base. He retired from the reserve in 1970 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel
Fred Gowan : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Fred Gowan( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fred Gowan was born in 1939 in Oklahoma and enlisted with the Army upon graduating high school in 1958. A career member of the Armed Services, Gowan was stationed at numerous bases in the United States and abroad. Between 1973 and 1976, he was stationed at the Oakland Air Base (OAB). While there he met the woman he would marry in a ceremony at the base chapel. He returned to the OAB in 1984 for another assignment. In this interview, Gowan discusses life as a career Army officer, the core cargo transportation functions of the OAB, and the social and cultural life on military installations
Sydney Santos : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Sydney Santos( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sydney Santos was born in the late 1940s. In 1966, at the age of 19, Santos began her career at the Oakland Air Base as a clerk typist. She worked in a wide variety of positions at the base until her retirement in 1996. In this interview, Santos discusses the avenues of advancement available at the base, relations between employees and enlisted personnel, and differences between the Army and Navy
Helen Fleck : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Helen Fleck( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helen Fleck was born in Pennsylvania in 1921. In 1941, before the entry of the U.S. into the Second World War, Fleck took a position as a secretary in the War Department in Washington DC. Through the 1950s and 1960s, Fleck was "an officer's wife" and spent time volunteering for community services on the many bases in which she lived. Upon her husband's retirement in 1968, Fleck and her husband moved to the Bay Area and soon took a position as community services coordinator at the Oakland Air Base. In this interview, Fleck discusses her work in Army Community Services, detailing the difficulties of soldiers returning from Vietnam
Robert Nordan : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Robert Nordan( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bob Nordan was born in Florida in the late 1940s. After graduating from Florida State University in 1969, he served in the military until 1974. From 1977 until 1986, Nordan worked in a civilian position at the Oakland Air Base, first in public affairs and then, for two years, as executive staff officer. In this interview, Nordan discusses base public affairs and relations with the surrounding community
Gordon Coleman : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Gordon Coleman( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gordon Coleman was born in Oakland, California, in 1931 to a relatively well-established African-American family. He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, where he participated in the ROTC. He then served in the army in Korea and subsequently, as a reservist, at the Oakland Army Base (OAB). Coleman rose to the position of Commandant of the Army Reserve School at the OAB in 1979
Margaret Gordon : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Margaret Gordon( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Margaret Gordon was born in Richmond, California, in 1946 and raised in the Bay Area. After the collapse of the Cypress Freeway in West Oakland during the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989, Gordon became involved in the Coalition for West Oakland Revitalization. In the mid-1990s, she became involved in the West Oakland Community Advisory Group, which was affiliated with the Oakland Base Reuse Authority. She later was appointed to the Port of Oakland Commission. In this interview, Gordon discusses community advocacy and the closure and reuse of the Oakland Air Base
Conway Peterson : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Conway Peterson( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conway Peterson was born in 1929, raised in San Francisco, and educated at the University of California, Berkeley. While at UC, Peterson joined the ROTC and then became active duty in 1951. He first encountered the Oakland Air Base on his way to his assignment in Japan. Later, as an army reservist, he was stationed at OAB and played a leadership role in the Army Reserve School on the base. In addition to his army reserve commitment, he was employed at UC Berkeley
Charles Snipes : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Charles Snipes( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Snipes was born in 1925 and served in World War II. In 1945 he was transferred to the Oakland Air Base to serve with a transportation company which assisted with the shipment of war material. He remained in the service after the war and, from his base at the OAB, traveled to the South Pacific where he assisted with atmospheric nuclear weapons testing. Snipes retired from the service in 1963 and soon thereafter went to work for Holmes and Narver, a defense contractor. In this interview, Snipes discusses the core cargo shipping functions of the OAB and the build-up during the Korean War
Lea Vivian Walton : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Lea Vivian Walton( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lee Vivian Walton was born in 1945 in New Mexico. At the age of 20, Walton left the rural southwest for California, where she took a secretarial position at the Tracy Defense Depot. She then moved to Oakland 1969 when she was hired by the Oakland Army Base (OAB) to work in transportation. Walton steadily moved up the civilian hierarchy at the OAB before her retirement. In this interview, Walton discusses the core cargo shipping function of the OAB and comments on what it was like working as a woman in a male dominated occupation
Paul Janoff : Oakland Army Base Oral History Project by Paul Janoff( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Janoff was born in New York in 1956. He attended law school at the University of Richmond. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Navy where he practiced law in a military setting in locations such as Iceland. After completing his active duty in 1989, Janoff was hired as a labor counselor by the Oakland Army Base, where he worked until the based closed in 1998
 
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