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Atlanta, Georgia
November 24, 2008
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Stanley Floersheim was born and grew up in New Mexico, although at some point his family came from Germany and Poland. His family owned a sheep and then a cattle ranch. He left New Mexico when he was siteen to attend college in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he studied engineering. While he was in college the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and he enlisted in the military. He was put into the reserves as he would be of more use as an engineer if he finished his education. He was put on active status in September 1942 and sent to basic training in Florida. As his eyesight wasn't good enough he became a ground officer (someone who maintained the planes). He was sent to India where he was attached to the 20th Bomber Command in India. The living conditions were rough and the heat and weather were terrible. Stanley's two brothers also enlisted: one became a pilot and the other went into the Navy. Interestingly, Stanley had been transferred to Tinian Island in the Marianas Island group when the Enola Gay was dispatched from that island to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. However, the security and secrecy was intense and Stanley learned that the attack had been launched from his island only when it was over. After the war, Stanley returned to the United States where he married Rita Levitus and started a family. He worked as an engineer in several companies, finally ending up in Atlanta. Stanley discusses his childhood in New Mexico, his college years and military service and the Jewish War Veterans organization. He recalls that his family was only nominally Jewish and discusses his current religious affiliation in Atlanta.

OHC-Stanley Floersheim

Stanley Floersheim (1918-2014) - Oral History

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Floersheim, Stanley C., 1918-2014

New Mexico


Springer (N.M.)
New Mexico


Floersheim, Benjamin

Floersheim, Milton (Mickey)



Philadelphia (Penn.)


University of New Mexico
University and colleges

Universities and Colleges

Drexel Institute - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vocational Education; Trade Schools

Vocational Education

World War, 1939-1945

Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
World War, 1939-1945

United States. Air Force Reserve
Armed Forces

United States. Army Air Forces
Armed Forces--United States

Jewish soldiers

Jewish Progressive Club (Atlanta, Ga.)


Monsoon Season (India)

United States. Navy

Atomic Bombing of Japan, 1945
World War, 1939-1945

Tinian Island (Pacific Ocean)

Enola Gay (airplane)

Floersheim, Rita Lavietes, 1923-2014



Engineers (Civil, Industrial, etc.)

Bar Mitzvah
Judaism - Customs and Practices

Judaism--Customs and Practices

Veterans, Jewish

Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Inc. Post No. 112 (Atlanta, Ga.)
Veterans, Jewish

Tam, Donald A., 1943-




World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--China
World War, 1939-1945

B-29 (Bomber)
Airplanes, Military

Airplanes, Military

World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean
World War, 1939-1945

Floersheim, Carl, 1886-1976

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