Michael G.


As Interviewed by Charlie Taylor, March 16, 2016
"I am not too thrilled about war, to tell you the truth. I don't understand why everybody wants to kill off somebody else. "
Michael G.

Introductory Profile: About Michael G.

Michael G., my grandfather, age 88, was born in 1927 in Los Angeles, California and
was also raised there. He is (or was when he was younger) six feet and two inches tall
and played baseball, and he attended college at the University of California at Los
Angeles (U.C.L.A.). As for Michael’s personality, he is kind but frank, and doesn’t
exaggerate.

In 1941, Michael was 14 and playing baseball when someone told him the Japanese
had attacked Pearl Harbor and a war had started. At that age, the fact that there was a
war “didn’t really sink in” and he didn’t ever consider the fact that he may need to
participate in it. About four years later, after the war had run its course, Michael was drafted into the military when he was eighteen, despite being told by various people around Los Angeles that the war would be over by the time he was old enough to be in it. They were correct in that statement, but Michael was drafted to help clean up and get the Germans back on their feet in late 1945. Given the stage the war was in (over), he never fought in any actual battles, he worked in a hospital and probably had other jobs throughout his time stationed in Germany.

Overall, the interview went smoothly and was very informal, as I was talking to my
grandfather, not a stranger I had never met. It ran about 38 minutes, including an extra 5 minutes of rambling at the end. Overall, I did get some good information for the podcast, but most importantly to me, I got an opportunity to hear some of my
grandfather’s most interesting stories from his life and his time in the military, which are invaluable because he won’t be around forever. The experience was great, and in a way I am thankful for this project for giving me a chance to talk to my grandfather about his.