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.

Date Span

1942-1946
Dates of Service

Subject

Drafted; United States Army; 351st Infantry Regiment; World War, 1939-1945; Second World War - European Theater; Private First Class

Publisher

Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Collection Location

2/4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y40YvCenZKI&list=PL05gqqIuA4HK1S_labZh5qO9iutjJf_gO&index=16

Spatial Coverage

Second World War - European Theater

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