Outspoken: A COPH Podcast

Episode Fifteen: 

Interpreting the past - Orange county great park and marine corps air station el toro

In this episode, Dr. Cawthra sits down with graduate students, Cynthia Castaneda and Scotty Coyne, to talk about the history of the Orange County Great Park (OCGP), once the home of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. The students talk about developing an interpretive site plan for OCGP as part of Dr. Cawthra's 2018 public history class, and how they incorporated research from COPH's El Toro Oral History Project.

Later in the episode, COPH archivist Natalie Navar introduces several clips from men and women stationed at El Toro.

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Out of the Archive Narrators

Frank PetersenFrank Petersen smiling in headshot

 

 

Frank Petersen was the first African-American fighter pilot of the United States Marine Corps and later, the first African-American General. Petersen served in the Korean War and was first stationed at El Toro in 1952. 

Petersen's oral history interview was conducted for the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro project on July 19, 2007. 

For more information on Frank Petersen contact COPH at (657) 278-3580 or coph@fullerton.edu

 

Patricia Young

Patricia Young headshot, smiling in Marine Corps uniform

 

Patricia Young  was a member of the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve. Young worked as a clerk-typist  and performed in an all-Marine musical which opened at El Toro and toured the South Pacific.

Young's oral history interview was conducted for the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro project on April 21, 2008. 

For more information on Patricia Young contact COPH at (657) 278-3580 or coph@fullerton.edu

 

Walter Bartosh

Walter Bartosh smiling and standing in front of a window in his home

 

Walter Bartosh  was a pilot in the United States Marine Corps and a longtime resident of Orange County, California. He served in World War II and the Korean War.

Bartosh's oral history interview was conducted for the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro project on April 24, 2007. 

For more information on Walter Bartosh contact COPH at (657) 278-3580 or coph@fullerton.edu

Donald BuhrmanN

Donald Buhrmann smiling, seated at table with cane

 

Donald Buhrmann joined the United States Marine Corps in 1942. He worked an aviation radio operator and served in World War II.

Buhrmann's oral history interview was conducted for the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro project on December 9, 2007. 

For more information on Donald Buhrmann contact COPH at (657) 278-3580 or coph@fullerton.edu

Ernest Buford

Ernest Buford headshot in Marine Corps uniform

 

Ernest Buford was a pilot in the United States Marine Corps and fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was first stationed at El Toro in 1949.

Buford's oral history interview was conducted for the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro project on June 9, 2007. 

For more information on Ernest Buford contact COPH at (657) 278-3580 or coph@fullerton.edu