James “Buster” Mears
James “Buster” Mears was born on May 3, 1932 in Centreville, Maryland. He was a student at the start of the war. He worked with his father in his family’s barber shop, Mears Barber Shop. After the death of his mother in 1944, James, his four sisters, and his father moved in with his grandmother, who lived above the barber shop. He lived in Centreville until he was drafted as a high speed radio operator for the Korean War from 1952 to 1955. He currently lives with his wife, Hazel Mears, in Centreville.
In this interview, James Mears describes spending most of the war in Centreville where he witnessed war drives and bonds at school. He speaks about his uncles who were drafted into the Army and Navy, and cutting hair while serving on boats. He recalls his father managing five victory gardens on various plots of land while continuing to correspond with soldiers overseas.