Daniel R. Cronin [1925-2018] was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946. He attended Duquesne University following his service from 1946 to 1950.
Oral History Initiative
Oral History Interview
2 hours 28 minutes
Number of Interviews
Veterans; United States Navy; Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania; siblings; family; father’s death; World War II; Korean War; European Theater; Pacific Theater; Army Nursing Corps; Samson Naval Training Station; Sampson, New York; Keystone Radio School; Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania; jobs; A&P; Standard Shaft; Bryce Brothers; Lennox Glass; National Guard; sports; Duquesne University; Cornell University; parochial school; altar server; Pearl Harbor; draft; mobilization; Army Specialized Training Corps; Purple Heart; blackouts; rationing; radioman; seaman; amphibious training; beach landings; Camp Pendleton, California; Patrol Torpedo squadron; PT boats; Hollandia, New Guinea; USS Harry Lee; Coast Guard Cutter; Philippines; Liberty ship; Japanese torpedo planes; P-38 plane; air combat; naval combat; casualties; Taps; burial at sea; foxholes; General MacArthur; military discharge; college; university; civilian life; readjustment; coursework; G.I. Bill; Spiritans; Holy Ghost Fathers; Mine Safety Appliances; teaching; business; facing challenges; positive attitude; community; citizenship; post-war veteran college enrollment; Quonset huts; Duquesne campus in 1940s; getting married; starting a family; moving; retirement; life changes; Manila, Luzon, Philippines; Waiti Bay, New Zealand; Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines; Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines; communications during World War II; censorship; R&R; Australia; duties; Carrier Wave; Morse Code; semaphore; code; Fox Schedule; USS Hilo; military food; C-rations; Vehicle Landing Ships; Landing Craft Support; Willoughby AFP-9; Samar, Philippines; leisure time in military; friendships in military; disease; malaria; dysentery; convoy; difficult memories; generational differences; success; understanding differences; attending Mass; Japanese prisoners; leaving the military; reflections military service; being a good example; reflections on life
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Cronin, Daniel R. Interview by Megan DeFries. October 13, 2016, in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Transcript. Duquesne University Oral History Initiative, Pittsburgh, PA. https://dsc.duq.edu/vohp/4/ (accessed Month Day, Year).