Bernie Queneau was born in 1912; his earliest memories include the bombing of London during the infamous Zeppelin Raids. As a boy, he lived through Europe until moving to the US in his teens. Prior to entering Columbia College to study metallurgy in the late 1920s, Bernie joined the Boy Scouts and travelled across country along the Lincoln Highway; at 102, he is thought to be the oldest living Eagle Scout.
During WW II, Bernie was called into active duty as a naval officer, where he worked to develop safer and more effective armaments for ships and aircraft. Just prior to the war’s end, he was chosen among a select group of engineers to enter Germany and study Hitler’s industrial technology.
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. Todd DePastino, interviewer.