Interview Project Captures Local Veteran’s Memories

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Oswego native and WW II veteran Harry Thrall was interviewed at Fort Ontario State Historic Site recently as part of the continued cooperative effort between the Oswego County Veteran’s Museum and Heritage Center and the fort to preserve the experiences and memories of Oswego County veterans.

Thrall served in the European theater of the second World War; first as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division, and later with the 44th Armored Division. Thrall’s memories were captured on video on May 21, 2008 by interviewer Mike Cloonan and videographer Ron Emmons.

Harry Thrall

Pictured left to right are Thrall’s daughters, Janice Costello and Eileen Cernaro, both of Scriba; Fort Ontario Curator, Jennifer Emmons; Thrall; interviewer, Mike Cloonan, and Thrall’s cousin, Bill McCarthy.

If you are a veteran interested in being interviewed for this important ongoing project, please contact Jennifer Emmons at Fort Ontario State Historic Site at 343-4711.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site is one of six historic sites and 16 parks in the central region administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Bernadette Castro commissioner. For more information visit the website of Fort Ontario at

For additional information, call Paul Lear at 343-4711. The fort is located at the end of East Fourth Street.