Bruce Stewart: World War II as Experience and Memory


Bruce Stewart

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Wadewitz, Lissa


Harder, Elisia

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Video File


49 minutes 13 seconds

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Cultural History | Military and Veterans Studies | Military History | Oral History | Public History | United States History


This interview is an oral history conducted by Dr. Lissa Wadewitz, associate professor of history at Linfield College, and Elisia Harder, Linfield class of 2020, with Bruce Stewart, Linfield class of 1949. The interview took place at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College on January 28, 2019.

In this interview, Stewart discusses his experiences enlisting and training in the Navy Air Corps during the Second World War. When he was fresh out of high school and just 17 years old, Stewart decided to join the U.S. Navy and serve his country. He talks about his experience as a Sailor and how that shaped the rest of his life, and he also shares what it was like to be a Sailor preparing for war. Stewart further discusses his time at Linfield and what the school was like after the war, explaining how Linfield was affected by the war and how students’ wartime experiences caused changes to certain school policies. He provides insight on Linfield’s fraternity and sorority life, student government, and campus celebrations during his student years. Stewart also discusses his life after Linfield and his many years working in Oregon education. He offers advice to current students and shares how much he appreciates the Linfield community today.


For a time-stamped overview of the subjects discussed during this interview, refer to the Related Resource link.