Leslie Prince Raimond
Leslie Prince Raimond was born in North Carolina on December 6, 1940. One year later, she would celebrate her first birthday the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her father later enlisted as a Navy officer, and she moved in with her grandparents in Washington state. Leslie’s father was deployed to the Philippines and helped oversee military operations. After the war, her family moved to Arizona where Leslie stayed until moving to Chestertown, Maryland to attend Washington College. Leslie’s husband Vince was an Air Force pilot during the war and shared many stories with her about his experiences. Leslie taught in Kent County, and the Raimonds helped found the Kent County Arts Council in the late 1960s. She has remained in Chestertown since.
In this interview, Leslie discusses her childhood, her father’s Navy service, her husband Vince’s service in the Air Force, the war’s effect on her family, and her life in Chestertown.