Rene Coxon and Charlotte Slagle
Rene Coxon and Charlotte Slagle are sisters, born five years apart from each other with Rene being the oldest. Rene was born in 1927, and remembers the struggles of the draft and rationing very well growing up in rural Chestertown. Charlotte was born in December of 1932 and also lived in Chestertown during the war. They were part of a family of eleven. Rene and Charlotte were teenagers during World War II and had two brothers who were drafted in the military who spoke little about their experiences. Rene spent some of her time living with a German couple who owned a shop in Chestertown and Charlotte worked managing a switchboard directing calls.
In this interview, Rene is the dominant speaker. She speaks about experiencing the war during her teenage years, growing from a young girl into a young woman during the war. Rene speaks about how she volunteered as a plane spotter and Charlotte mentioned how she managed a switchboard to direct calls. The sisters also discussed times when they would walk to the train station to send off the local boys and men who were going off to fight. They talk about their brothers returning safely from being drafted in this interview and what it was like growing up in Chestertown during the war.
Interviewees: Rene Coxon and Charlotte Slagel
Interviewer(s): Annie Javitt, Jon Vitale, Michael Spence, Emma Thompson, Bennett Truitt
Archival Processor: Isabela Antonio
Date of Interview: September 18, 2018
Location of Interview: 210 Waldo Dr., Chestertown, Maryland
Session Number: 1
Project: National Home Front Project
Indexer: Michael Spence, Emma Thompson, Bennett Truitt
Interview Accession Number: CoxonRene_SlagelCharlotte_HFL-OH_091818