Americans in Wartime Experience

Natale Vaccaro

World War II

Natale Vaccaro served in the Pacific during World War II as a member of the United States Navy aboard the USS Phoenix (CL-46), a Brooklyn Class light cruiser.  During his interview, Mr. Vaccaro tells about being assigned to a 20mm anti-aircraft gun, the Phoenix being hit by a Kamikaze and Douglas MacArthur coming aboard the ship.

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The Americans in Wartime Experience explores the impact of war and conflict on America since WWI. It honors those who served in the military and on the home front and highlights the values they demonstrated in serving – duty, honor, and courage. It examines how periods of conflict have profoundly shaped American society. It educates visitors about the costs of war, both on a personal and social level. It challenges visitors to remember the service and sacrifices made by their fellow citizens to preserve and defend our freedoms. LEARN MORE

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