Karl Brown was born on November 4, 1929 in Seaford, DE. He was twelve at the time of Pearl Harbor. Karl was a boy scout and sold war bonds in school. His father was a local banker, and his brother-in-law served in the Army Ordinance and was stationed in England. While his brother-in-law was in England, Karl’s older sister and her children moved from New Orleans to live with him and his parents in Seaford. Karl currently resides at the Manor House in Seaford.
In this interview, Karl Brown discusses the effect the war had on him and his family as rural Delaware citizens particularly through rationing. He remembers rationing shoes and rubber and recounts a story of getting a flat tire while on the road in Alabama. He recalls watching the movie newsreels, singing patriotic songs in school, his family’s opinions of FDR and manning airplane watchtowers with his father.