Linfield University Public History Project: World War II as Experience and Memory


Gertrude Hall Jette: World War II as Experience and Memory


Gertrude Hall Jette

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Wadewitz, Lissa


Guyot, Ruby

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Video File


44 minutes 31 seconds

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Cultural History | Oral History | Public History | United States History | Women's History


This interview is an oral history conducted by Dr. Lissa Wadewitz, associate professor of history at Linfield College, and Ruby Guyot, Linfield class of 2019, with Gertrude (Hall) Jette, Linfield class of 1984. The interview took place at Jette's home in St. Paul, Oregon on July 11, 2019.

Gertrude Jette first attended Linfield College toward the end of World War II until 1947, when she left to get married. She returned to Linfield later in life, eventually earning her degree in 1984. In this interview, Jette explains how she and her family served as lookouts for Japanese bomber planes and the ways in which they were involved in the war. Jette talks about how she was very active on campus socially, attending May Day as a princess in May Queen Margaret’s court, and seeing many football games. She also describes in detail her experiences with the war and shares many photos and items of memorabilia throughout the interview.


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