Herman Osward Trimmer
Conducted by: Anne Marie Trimmer
How old were you when the war started and what grade were you in?
I was eight years old and the second grade.
Where id you live and what was the neighborhood like?
When the war started I lived on
When do you remember
first seeing or hearing about the
At that time I was eight years old and I could read. I remember seeing the headline on the front page about “Japan Attack Pearl Harbor.”
What changes in you
life did you experience when the
During the war what could you do for fun and what type of hobbies did you have?
Before the war started we would go to the movies for 9 or 10
cents and buy hotdogs, hamburgers, candy, soda pop, etc. for a nickel. When the
war started we could still go to the movies but to get in you fee was 10 tin
cans. All the boys my age and older had a hobby of following the war overseas.
The Standard Oil Company, now Exxon, had maps with the major countries labeled
that were involved in the war. As we listened to the news we could find the
places that the
How did you and the people in your neighborhood help support the war?
At school, we had many drives to collect materials such as tin and newspaper. I was a boy scout and we held many drives. Even after the war we went around with a soldier and collected clothing donations to send the people who had nothing because their home was destroyed during the war. We bought what were called defense stamps. The money from the collected stamps went to the war efforts.
Were there ever any
attacks on the
On time at
Who did you know personally that went to war?
My cousin, Buddy Mills, was a pilot in the navy and my other cousin, Travis Issac, was a Captain, but he was shot by a Japanese Sniper. Two of my close neighbors went to war along with many other boys from our block.
Did any other person in you family help the war efforts in some way?
My two uncles worked in the ship yard and I actually got to go tour one of the ships. I toured the USS Boxer and I saw the Midway, one of the largest battle ships made up to the time, which was named after a battle over in the Pacific.
Were there ever any
attempts of spying on the
There were always constant fears of spies, but I do remember people trying to sabotage the ships and aircraft carriers.
How did you keep up with the news about the war?
Well, we always listened to the radio and when we went to the movies we saw video footage of what was happening. It wasn’t until I was older and began to feel the impact of what actually happened.
When the boys arrived home after the war what were they like?
Many of them had physical disabilities, but almost all had
emotional issues. Clinton Forge was in the War and he would wake up in cold
sweats and his heart racing. During war they would be talking to their friend
and the next minute their head was gone.