Alfred Krasnow admits that he didn’t join the Navy during WW II to fight fascism because he is a Jew. ”I wanted to fight because I was an American,” he says without hesitation. “And I wanted to join the Navy to see the world.” On both accounts he got what he wanted–some of the most dangerous, close-quarters combat experiences in the Navy running blockade patrols against German ships.
In this audio story, Alfred talks about a PT boat mission gone badly in the Mediterranean, and his reaction to seeing the first comrades to fall.
Alfred Krasnow survived the war. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
This interview is a production of the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, in partnership with the nonprofit Veterans Breakfast Club. It was recorded October 20, 2012 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.