Barbara Cangiano was born in 1925 on New Years’ Day in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She was a sixteen year old high school student when the United States entered World War II. She had a brother who served in the Navy Seabees and a boyfriend who served in the Army. She currently lives at Heron Point in Chestertown, Maryland.
In the interview, Barbara recalls where she was during Pearl Harbor and how the news impacted her and her community. She remembers her male classmates and teachers going into the service and discusses her memories of rationing and participating in USO events. She also discusses her memories of the Great Depression and taking care of her mother during that time. In concluding the conversation, Barbara shares advice for the current generation.