Helen Van Dam DiBella

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Date: April 20, 2014
Type: Digital image
Identifier: aql:20426
Description: Helen Van Dam DiBella grew up in Bayside and has vivid memories of many soldiers coming to town from nearby Fort Totten. Her two older brothers were also servicemen during World War II.
Date: 1945
Type: Black and white photograph
Identifier: aql:20421
Description: Bayside resident John "Jackie" Van Dam served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Date: 1944
Type: Black and white photograph
Identifier: aql:20423
Description: Nine-year-old Helen Van Dam poses with her brother John on one of his visits home while serving in the U.S. Army Air Force.
Date: 1941 - 1945
Type: Black and white photograph
Identifier: aql:20424
Description: Bayside resident Henry "Sonny" Van Dam served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.
Date: 1940
Type: Black and white photograph
Identifier: aql:20425
Description: Five-year-old Helen Van Dam stands in an empty lot across the street from her home in Bayside, Queens. The lot would soon be used as a neighborhood Victory Garden.
Date: Time Period: 1935 - 1954
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20428
Description: Helen Van Dam DiBella grew up in Bayside as one of six siblings. She describes her childhood as "poor but happy", with street games, radio shows and the movies for entertainment. World War II was most ... More
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