"Well [my father, Manfred Heinemann] was born in 1922, and he lived in a town called Treuchtlingen, which was in Bavaria. And they lived a very comfortable life. My grandfather sold baking supplies, and eventually his brother was born in 1933--…

“August 1945. We drop anchor in Tokyo Bay, begin unloading equipment, and send the troops ashore in attack waves. A few weeks ago the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and just a few days ago the Emperor Hirohito went on…

“I got into Louisville middle of the afternoon, I left my bags at the bus station, just had a little overnight bag with me, so I took a taxi to Rene’s house which was at 18 Algonquin Parkway in Louisville. Rene was outside her house, this was in…

“He came down from Massachusetts. He was transferred to Georgia and he had two children who at that time were seven and nine and they were a girl and a boy. Girl, seven. Boy, nine. He had full custody of them, and he had to find a place for them…

“When the war was over, it was exciting, and it was a letdown. It was that we’re not needed anymore. We’d been needed and we’d been, you know, we’d been doing all these things. Now we’re not needed anymore. What are we going to do? And…

“So here I was green as could be and they accepted me and at least I made it. I don’t know whether I passed muster or not but I made it. But I had the nicest boss. The captain who was the commanding officer of the air station was just the…

“Washington just really about finished me up. I mean, I really was very, I don’t know whether it was homesick or just a feeling. It was really hard being there when you didn’t ever see anybody except all these people that you don’t know...…

“We lived in a North Hall Hampton Inn. It had been converted. We did all of our training at Smith College but we lived at the Inn and had wonderful food. They had, I think they had regular people working there because we had wonderful food. The…

“I was patriotic. People were patriotic back then. People loved their country and they were patriotic and were really afraid that we were going to lose it because we had, we were fighting two wars... People really cared about what happened and I…

“I really enjoyed that job in a way. It was, a lot of the streets were paved and I did social work on a bicycle. It wasn’t my bicycle, my boss let me use her bicycle. Well you get in a sandy place and try to ride a bicycle. I had to get off and…