An oral history with Patricia Stites, resident of Santa Ana, California, and wife of former member of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Harry Stites (OH 3602). This interview was conducted as part of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton and the Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Stites' experiences at and around El Toro. This interview includes discussion about growing up in Iowa during the Depression; recalls meeting Harry in the seventh grade; shares memories of Pearl Harbor and World War II, briefly talking about the homefront; tells about experiences at Iowa State University; speaks about marrying in 1951; shares about moving to bases in Illinois, Hawaii, North Carolina, as well as Camp Pendleton and Barstow, California, speaking about the weather and differences; talks about life at El Toro, speaking about housing, the surrounding community, and recreation; comments on Harry's overseas and wartime deployments, speaking about the separation, as well as the psychological impact; briefly speaks about women in the USMC; comments on growth and changes in Southern California; shares opinions of war and military service. This oral history spans 1929-2010. Bulk dates: 1940-2010.An oral history with Patricia Stites, resident of Santa Ana, California, and wife of former member of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Harry Stites (OH 3602).
|Title||:||An Oral History with Patricia Stites|
|Author||:||California State University, Fullerton. Center for Oral and Public History. El Toro Marine Corps Air Station Oral History Project|