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Document Details


Title: Joe Bonito
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Collection: Personal Oral History
Description: This is a transcription of an interview that occurred on March 2, 1999, over the phone from Ann Arbor to Port Huron, MI. The interviewee is my father who was born in August 1933 in Erie Pennsylvania, where he grew up. His parents, my grandparents, were Italian immigrants and he grew up within a very ethnic and close-knit community. He was a young child during World War II, which I hope will give a more unbiased recollection. His older brother Carmel, my uncle, was in the Navy in the Pacific at the time and is referred to a number of times during the interview as a stepping stone for various memories and issues. My grandfather, and Joe’s father, owned a small grocery store next to their home. Joe now resides in Port Huron, MI. He has been retired for three years from teaching and has a Masters degree in History. I have made every attempt to faithfully transcribe what was said but have had to, in some cases, hone his responses in order to provide grammatical clarity, while never straying from the greater truth within the statement. Our conversation went as follows.
URL: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~amnornes/Joseph.html
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1999 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Bonito, Joe, 1935(?)-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1935
Age at speaking: 64
Document location: Michigan
Document date: 02-Mar-1999
Interviewer: Bonito, Joseph E.
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Michigan; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Biography; Interviews; Local history; Michigan; Michigan--History; North America; Oral history; United States; United States--History; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0029265-32382