People
Eight Monell Brothers for WWII Service
Orlando resident Michael Monell is pictured in "Eight Monell Brothers", a 1943 news article from Fairmont Times, VA.Eight brothers from one family all ready to serve their country during World War II.As Michael Monell shares his brother Tony was in the fi ... Read more
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General Patton's Barber
WWII Veteran Cosmo Monell started barbering at age 14. He became so good that when he was drafted for service in WWII he took on the assignment of cutting all the GI's, all the soldiers hair. General Patton learned of Cosmo's expertise and requested him t ... Read more
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The Retail Outlook From Centenarian Myrtle Skop Rutberg
Myrtle Skop Rutberg remembers when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving Day to allow an extra week of shopping before Christmas. She also recalls diagonal parking along Orange Avenue and people parking along the avenue just to watch th ... Read more
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A Pearl Harbor Volunteer Remembers
Pearl Harbor Volunteer Vincent Benedetti recalls coming to Orlando from Banana River Naval Air Station as a sailor on liberty during WWII.  10,000 soldiers were in Orlando at the time. Fourth generation Floridian Arline Conoley Benedetti, shares how ... Read more
Places
Betty and Corrie Cangelose at Lake Eola, 1945
1945 photo of Orlando native Betty Cangelose (Wheeler) with her mother, Corrie Cangelose, at Lake Eola.These photos were sent overseas to her father, Joseph J. Cangelose,  in Europe serving in the Army Air Corps in WWII. ... Read more
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Remembering Mario Mesa
This week in Orlando, WWII Veteran Mario John Mesa, Jr. passed away on August 14, 2011. A Florida native born in Key West and raised along the Florida shore,  Mesa embodied the values of the greatest generation. Mesa landed at Normandy on D- ... Read more
Places
College Park, circa 1950
Photo of Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes College Park home at the corner of 3 East Winter Park Avenue and Depauw, circa 1950.Granddaughter Betty Wheeler recalls the beautiful camphor tree in front of her grandparents home and notes the home came with an orange grove. ... Read more
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Joseph J. Cangelose, Staff Sergeant at Orlando's Army Air Base
November 3rd, 1997 Orlando Sentinel obituary article on Joseph J. Cangelose  detailing his service to the Orlando community and to our country. Cangelose served as staff sergeant at  Orlando's Army Air Base at Primrose and Robinson Street, ... Read more
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Helen Greenspun with Sir Martin Gilbert
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun with British historian Sir Martin Gilbert.Gilbert has written extensively on the State of Israel, the Holocaust, and World War II. He is the author of what became the most voluminous biography ever written o ... Read more
Events
D-Day, June 6th 1944: Remembering the Fallen
The officers and men of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion dedicate this plaque to our fallen comrades who gave their lives in defense of good over evil. They are silent sentinels who from their final resting place above the cliff perpetually watch over the sa ... Read more
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Helen Garfinkel Performing on Stage in Ainring
Photos of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel performing on stage at Displacement Camp (DP) in Ainring, Germany. Ms. Garfinkel was liberated from Allach concentration camp on April 29th, 1945 by the United States Military. After recuperating in a ho ... Read more
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WWII Veteran Audrey Tracy Interview
Listen to this interview  with WWII Veteran Audrey Tracy in Orlando, FL June 6th, 2010, D-Day. Veteran Tracy served in the U.S. Marine Corps in WWII and worked at Marine Headquarters in Washington, DC. She was one of a select group of women wh ... Read more