Upton Naron

Biography:

Upton Wade Naron was a veteran of World War II. He was born in San Diego, California on October 31, 1917 and pass away on January 2, 1999. He enlisted and served in the Army starting in 1947 and in the Air Force starting in 1960. Although Naron retired in 1967 he completed special projects for the Air Force until the early 1970s. He also served in South America, including training men for the Bay of Pigs Invasion. The locations of Naron’s service were many, including special work for the Air Force in Indonesia, work on the Panama Canal and in Chile to study the Ozone Layer. He  Sustained Wartime injuries. Naron was very dedicated to serving his country and was disappointed that he could not fight in conflicts after his retirement. Awards he received include the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign and American Campaign Medal.

 

Audio Recording of Interview (Interviewee was his wife Mina Naron):

Minute Markers and Topics of Audio Recording of Interview

0:30     Early life and family

1:10     Life before entering military service

2:00     Enlisted in the Air Force

2:30     Campaigns involved in and views of enemy countries

4:00     Military life in WWII

4:40     Service in South America and Cuba

6:00     Physical demands of military service

6:20     Locations of military service and friendships formed

9:30     Valued and enjoyed his service

10:10   Wartime experiences

10:50   View of Turkish soldiers

11:20   Marriage and life after leaving the military

13:30   End of WWII

14:40   Recognition by military for his service

15:30   Special military projects after the war ended

16:10   Reflections on service and how affected him

21:30   Commentary on current events

25:20   Advice to newly-joined soldiers

29:40   Reasons widow (interviewee) participated in interview

 

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Japanese Leaflets

 

Documents, Awards, Recognition and Correspondence:

 

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