John Smith was born in 1930 and lived in North East, Maryland during World War II. His mother owned a boardinghouse that housed laborers from many different war-related industries, including munitions plant and construction workers.
In his interview, he talks about his experiences living in the boardinghouse and the many ways North East and nearby Elkton changed because of the war. He also discusses his work as a butcher in a grocery store and as salesperson for a scrap metal business. He also recalls his experience with plane spotting and Mexican Railroad workers.