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Paczkowski, Joan A., 1935-2019. Oral History Interview, 2002.

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: SMHC Collection 1703


The Joan A. Paczkowski collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Paczkowski and Daardi Sizemore in 2002. Paczkowski served in the United States Navy WAVES right after the Korean War. She talks about her training and her time in the service. She also tells stories of memorable moments. Paczkowski spent her time in the service working in Communications.

This oral history interview was conducted as part of the South Central Minnesota Veterans History Project conducted by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


  • 2002-01


Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Biographical / Historical

Joan A. Paczkowski was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1935 and was raised there. She enlisted into the United States Navy right before the Korean War ended and by the time boot camp was over the war had ended. She attended boot camp in Bainbridge, Maryland and was then sent to the Navy Training Camp in San Diego, California where she spent the rest of her time in the service. She attended the radio school and ended up working in communications. She met a man and shortly after was married. A month later she was discharged. She followed her husband for a few years and then they came back to Albert Lea, Minnesota where they still live today. Paczkowski has been married for 47 years and has 2 sons, one who is in the Navy. She is also a member of the American Legion and the VFW Auxiliary.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Joan A. Paczkowski donated this collection January 2002.


Paczkowski, Joan A., 1935-2019. Oral History Interview, 2002.
Brittney Andringa processed this collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center Repository

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Memorial Library
PO Box 8419
Mankato MN 56002-8419 US