California State University, Fullerton - Paulina June and George Pollak Library
An oral history with Milt Hefty, resident of Steilacoom, Washington, and former member of the United States Marine Corps (USMC). 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 Hefty's experiences at and around El Toro. This interview includes discussion about growing up in North Dakota during the Depression, and Portland, Oregon, during World War II; speaks about joining the Marine Corps Reserves in 1948 to pay for his education at Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma, Washington; talks about becoming an executive officer [XO] of a rifle company in 1953, developing a desire to become a pilot; discusses different airplanes he flew during his career, including the Grumman F9F-5 Panther; speaks about segregation in the USMC and in the community surrounding Cherry Point, North ... Read More