Howard Cook, a lifelong resident of Centreville, Maryland was born on March 27, 1931. Mr. Cook was born into a farming family and has continued the farming tradition during his lifetime. His mother, who had a college education, was a schoolteacher, and his father ran the farm. Howard had two brothers who also worked on the farm, and his brother Eddie served in the Korean War. Howard, now 87, got married at 21, and he now enjoys watching baseball and hanging out with his friends at the American Legion.
In this interview, Howard Cook shares his memories of life in Centreville during World War II. Howard spoke at length about farm life, but he also discussed the local boys who served in the War. Mr. Cook also shared his stories of working with German POWs on his family’s farm and keeping in touch with the prisoners after the conclusion of the war.