Thomas "Tom" Stanley
Tom Stanley was born in 1927, in South Orange New Jersey. Tom himself was not able to join the service until shortly before V-E Day, but he had a brother that served in the U.S. Army, as well as a cousin from Germany that fought on the other side of the trenches. Tom’s mother volunteered during the war as a nurse’s aide, and his father as an air raid warden. His personal World War II experience was that of a teenager living on the Home Front. After the war, he pursued a successful career in technology.
In this interview, Tom shares memories of life on the Home Front, as well as the experiences of family members that came in much closer contact with the war. He describes memories of his brother’s service in the army, as well as the experiences of relatives living in Europe. Additionally, he offers opinions and reflections on such topics as Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, Japanese Internment, and the dropping of the Atomic Bomb.
Interviewee: Thomas “Tom” Stanley
Interviewers: Andrew Darlington, Adam Goodheart, Caroline Draper, Kristen Murray, Josh Turner
Archival Processor: Caroline Draper
Copyeditor: Mari Mullane
Date: September 15, 2018
Location: Oxford, MD
Project: National Home Front Project
Interview Contributor: Washington College
Accession Number: StanleyTom_HFL-OH_091518