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Stanley Bagnall Oral History Interview (SC-263)

Identifier: SC-263

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a DVD of an oral history interview of Stanley Bagnall concerning his experience as a pilot in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The interview was conducted by Professor Sam Wilson (of the University of Rio Grande) on November 15, 2007.


  • Creation: 2007


Conditions Governing Use

Please note that the copyrights to this material are still retained by the creators, Professor Sam Wilson and Stanley Bagnall.

Biographical / Historical

From the Rio Grande School Newsletter:

As a part of honoring Veteran’s Day in 2007, friends worked with Professor Sam Wilson’s History and Historian Seminar class to bring World War II veteran Stanley Bagnall to campus for a public interview, which was held in the Davis Library’s second floor classroom. Bagnall, a pilot, shared his wartime experiences in the Pacific in the final years of the United States’ conflict with Japan, which included serving under Admiral William “Bull” Halsey at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944. Both students and members of the community were given opportunity to pose their own questions and the entire interview was video-recorded so that the discussion could be placed in both the University of Rio Grande and Wright State University’s archives. These types of oral histories are becoming increasingly valued because the new insight they may provide on certain past events.

Biographical / Historical

Stanley Bagnall April 25 1924 May 25 2020 Posted on June 25, 2020 by dany April 25 1924 May 25 2020 Stanley (NMI) Bagnall, age 96 of Gainesville, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, 2020. He was born in Bradenton, Florida on April 25, 1924 to the late Stanley Amos Parker and Pauline Roesch Bagnall. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma Fern (Smith) Bagnall and a son, Stanley Alexander Bagnall, and stepfather Walter D. Bagnall. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne (Pierce) Bagnall, and his sons: Benjamin (Virginia) Bagnall of Wheelersburg, Ohio and Walter (Deborah) Bagnall of Chillicothe, Ohio. Grandchildren Amanda (Joshua) Ebert of Kinshasa, DR Congo, Laura (Jeremy) Turpin of Battle Creek, Michigan, Alexander Bagnall of Chillicothe, Ohio, David (Jennifer) Bagnall of Jackson, Ohio, Emily Bagnall and William Bagnall of Wheelersburg, Ohio, and 4 great grandchildren. Stanley was a veteran of the US Army Air Corps, serving as a second lieutenant with the 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater during World War II. In 1947, he joined Delta Airlines as a pilot, retiring as Captain. For a number of years afterward, he continued in general aviation as a pilot and instructor. In 2005 he earned the FAA Master Pilot Award. He had been active as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1968. A graveside service will be held at South Webster, Ohio Cemetery, at the family’s convenience, on a future date to be announced. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home in Jackson. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Stanley Bagnall please visit our Sympathy Store.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Stanley Bagnall April 25 1924 May 25 2020.



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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This item was donated to the archives in 2009 by Professor Sam Wilson, who conducted the interview.

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