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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 Donald Condrill, December 29, 2006

Biographical / Historical

Donald Richard Condrill (1921- ) grew up in Brooklyn on Sands Street. His father was a plumber and his mother ran a store right outside of the gate of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Condrill sold newspapers in the marine barracks as a kid and later became the mascot for the basketball and baseball teams before enlisting in 1942. His parents moved away from Sands Street in 1943.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Donald Richard Condrill (1921- ) mostly discusses spending time with the marines and soldiers in the Navy Yard and on Sands Street when he was growing up. He explains that he stopped selling newspapers after less than a year because marines did not want to spend their money on newspapers. He also talks about the neighborhood and the changes that took place during the twenty years that he lived there. Condrill goes on to describe his experience in the Army and his difficulty with color blindness. Interview conducted by Jennifer Egan and Daniella Romano.

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

Subject Topics

  • Childhood and youth
  • Family life -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Great Depression -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Marines
  • Military life
  • Warships
  • American newspapers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Shipyards -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Waterfronts -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945

Subject Places

  • Sands Street (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)