Fort Knox, 1942
My name is Michael Henry and I am with the Library of American Broadcasting, a research library at the University of Maryland dedicated to the history of radio and television broadcasting. One of our most significant collections documents the radio program "Vox Pop", which traveled the country interviewing servicemen and women during the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1945, "Vox Pop" traveled to almost 300 military bases, warplants, and hospitals, interviewing thousands of men and women involved in the war effort.
On March 23, 1942, "Vox Pop" visited the Armored Forces Training School at Fort Knox. They interviewed several men of all ranks that evening. I am interested in learning more about the men they interviewed, what their wartime experiences and lives were like after that night in 1942. The men interviewed that evening include:
1. Private Curt Michael Stevens: a refugee from Czechoslovakia who had been involved in the student protests inPrague in 1939.
2. Sgt. Huelet "Joe" Benner: a native of Jonesboro, Arkansas; a pistol shooting champion and pistol coach.
3. Sgt. John L. Berlew: a native of Jamaica, Long Island; tank driver and motorcycle rider.
4. Sgt. Henry Jaworski and son Daniel:Sgt. Jaworski, a veteran of the First World War, was interviewed alongwith his four year old son Daniel
5. Cpl. Morris Harris: an African-American soldier who was serving as a cook at the time; was also a professionalsinger, may have been associated with the "Ink Spots".
6. Sgt. Walter Riley: a veteran of First World War; a member of the 13th ArmoredRegiment; had been in tankssince 1934; had a bit part in the movie "TheTanks are Coming".
Any information about these men would be greatly appeciated. For more information about the Vox Pop Collection, go to:
Library of American Broadcasting