For the past year, LIRTVHS has been working with the Sayville Historical Society and the Sayville Public Library on a joint oral history project called The Long Island Home Front. It’s an ongoing project to collect, preserve and share firsthand accounts of the impact of World War II on Long Islanders.

We’ll be sharing some of the stories here on the Radio Tower and are pleased to bring you today Jack Beebe. You might recognize him from episode 14 where he described his life in radio and TV broadcasting.

Today we relate an anecdote from Jack’s oral history interview in which he describes how the Dutchies of his native West Sayville contributed to the war effort.

Jack Beebe being interviewed about his World War II memories for the Long Island Home Front at the Sayville Public Library.

Do you or someone you know have their own expereinces of Long Island during World War II? We’d love to hear from you as these stories are slipping away and we are committed to preserving them for future generations. You can get in touch with us online and we’ll follow up on how the interviewing works. We are working in partnership with the National Home Front Project at Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.