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Weber, Benjamin

Weber, Benjamin

Weber, Benjamin

Date: Monday, May 21, 2012

Interview 251a : In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, New York native Benjamin Weber reminisces about his life. Born in New York City, Mr. Weber came to Texas during World War II as a guard at several POW camps, where he guarded captured German soldiers as they worked in the local lumber industry. He worked out of two camps in Lufkin and one camp in Huntsville. Before the war ended he was transferred to the Pacific Theater and spent time on Saipan and Iwo Jima. After the war Mr. Weber returned to New York, but after a while he moved to Lufkin with his wife, a native of the area. In Lufkin he worked for the Coca Cola bottling plant, sold Chevrolets, and sold insurance. He also managed a semi-pro baseball team called the Dirty Sox and ran the local bowling alley. He discusses all of his jobs, his wartime experiences, baseball, his chances to sing on Broadway as a child, and his decision to settle in Lufkin.