Eliot, Marvin Sonny

Item

Title

Eliot, Marvin Sonny

Performer

Marvin Sonny Eliot

Interviewer

William Vollano

Description

After graduating from Wayne University (now Wayne State University) with both a bachelor's and Master of Arts degrees in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Eliot enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. Trained as a bomber pilot for the B-24 bomber, Eliot would be sent to England where he would fly bombing missions into Nazi-occupied Europe. Eliot was shot down by German forces, and would go on to serve 18 months as a POW. At some point the German soldiers of the installation he was assigned to became aware that Mr. Eliot was Jewish and was made to wear a star with the word "Juden" on it. Following his liberation by American forces, Eliot would return to Metro Detroit to serve as the long-time weatherman for WWJ.

Exact Date

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Date Span

Service Dates: 1942-1946
Dates of Service

Subject

Enlisted; United States Army Air Forces/Corps; 392nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force; World War, 1939-1945; United States; England; Germany; Lieutenant Colonel; Prisoner of War; Veterans; Oral History

Publisher

Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Original Object Type

MiniDV Tape

Collection Location

018.VHP 2/4

Digital Object File Type

.mp4

Date Digital File Created

October 2021

Run Time

Unknown

Transcript Available

No

Digital File ID

Eliot_Marvin

Rights

Please note that all VHP participants retain the copyright to their materials; therefore, researchers must obtain permission from the veteran (or their next of kin) before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Please contact VHP at (888) 371-5848 or vohp@loc.gov if you are interested in using VHP materials in exhibition or publication.

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