Sarah Reidinger was born on April 19, 1924 in Ithaca, New York. She had an older brother who broke his arm but later was drafted into the Army and stationed at Saipan. After graduating high school in 1941, she attended Cornell University, where she majored in psychology and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Between her junior and senior years at Cornell, Sarah worked at Eastman Kodak putting strings on safety pins of grenades. On D-Day, she attended her boyfriend’s graduation as a marine from West Point and married him soon after. She currently lives at Heron Point.
In this interview, Sarah Reidinger recalls her mother learning Morse code, rolling bandages and saving grease cans. She describes her experience hearing about Pearl Harbor on the radio and attending college at Cornell University during the war where she attended USO dances and entertained many soldiers. She speaks about her brother who injured his arm and how his injury impacted his service in the Army.