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Guide to the Brooklyn Navy Yard oral history collection ARC.003

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Collection processed by Amy Lau, Mary Mann, Aliki Caloyeras, and Margaret Fraser

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Oral History Interview with Ellen Bulzone, March 20, 2009

Biographical / Historical

Ellen Hanlin Bulzone (1923- ) grew up in Pennville, Indiana on a farm. In 1943, she joined the US Navy with a friend from Indiana, and moved to New York to begin training at Hunter College. After further training and work in Stillwater, Oklahoma and in Sampson, New York, Bulzone was transferred to the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1946. She married later that year and remained in Brooklyn working at Macy's in Manhattan while her husband served as a commissary officer in California and China. When he returned in 1948, they moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where Ellen Bulzone worked at the Norfolk Navy Yard until her son was born. They later moved to Pensacola Florida, Bayonne, New Jersey and finally Staten Island, New York.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Ellen Hanlin Bulzone (1923- ) details her various duties at the receiving station near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She also talks about her life before joining the Navy, her uniform, her and her husband's first date at Ebbets Field, her family and in-laws and her marriage inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital's chapel. She explains how Catholic churches refused to marry them because her husband was Catholic and she was Protestant. She also discusses her feelings about moving from a small town in Indiana to New York City. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan and Jennifer Egan.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard
  • Macy's (Firm)
  • Hunter College

Subject Topics

  • Security systems
  • Shipyards -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Military uniforms
  • Wages -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Working class -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Catholics -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Ebbets Field (New York, N.Y.)
  • Ethnicity
  • Transportation -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Women -- Education
  • Friendship
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • Religion -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Women -x Employment -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Red Hook (New York, N.Y.)
  • Fort Greene (New York, N.Y.)
  • Naval Base Norfolk (Va.)
  • Pennville (Jay County, Ind.)