Jack Hart was born in Wilmington, N.C. on April 29, 1915. He attended New Hanover High School, but left school to join the Civilian Conservation Corps. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1934 and was discharged in 1936.
Hart reenlisted in October of 1942, joining the Army Air Corps. He was assigned to a troop carrier group as an aircraft radio operator. In March of 1943, he was deployed to North Africa. He landed in Accra, on the Gold Coast. From there he flew to Morocco where he was assigned to the 64th Troop Carrier Group.
In July of 1943 Hart participated in the invasion of Sicily. In April of 1944, he was deployed with an air echelon of the 64th Troop Carrier Division, to the China- Burma- India Theater of Operation. He fought alongside Merrill’s Marauders in the battle of Mitkyina. Hart remained in Burma for a year and four months. He was discharged on November 10, 1945. For his service in the CBI Theater, the Chinese government awarded Hart a China War Memorial Medal.
Transcript Number 025
Title: Jack Hart: Remembering World War II
Interviewee: Jack Hart
Interviewer: Jerry Parnell
Date of Interview: February 15, 1999
Location of Interview: Wilmington, N.C.
Description: 1 VHS Cassette Tape (ca. 42 min.); sd., col.
Series: World War II Veterans Oral History Preservation Project
Series: Voices of Experience