Seth Paridon

Seth Paridon

Seth Paridon has been a staff historian at The National WWII Museum since 2005. He began his career conducting oral histories and research for HBO’s miniseries The Pacific and holds the distinction of being the first historian hired by the Museum’s Research Department. In the 12 years he was Manager of Research Services, Seth and his team increased the oral history collection from 25 to nearly 5,000 oral histories.  

Seth served as one of the chief historians and content team members during the development and construction of US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, Road to Berlin, Road to Tokyo, and The Arsenal of Democracy permanent exhibits, as well as many temporary exhibits, contributing to every aspect of exhibit creation from historical research to copy editing, gallery design, and video production. Seth currently holds the position of Digital Content Manager in the Museum’s new Media and Education Center, and is tasked with creating historical media utilizing the museum’s vast collection of oral histories and  archival imagery and footage. Seth is also the host of Service on Celluloid, the Museum's podcast dedicated to screen depictions of World War II. 

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    The Invasion of Okinawa: Meatgrinder at Kakazu Ridge

    As the American advance pushed further south, it ran headlong into fortified Japanese positions and heavily defended caves near Kakazu Ridge, the first defensive perimeter in what would be called the Shuri Line. The rapid advance and relatively light American casualties sustained so far on Okinawa ended.

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    Hellfire on Earth: Operation MEETINGHOUSE

    The first B-29s over Tokyo were pathfinders. Coming in over the target from opposite directions, the pathfinders dropped their payload, which immediately burst into flames. The pathfinder's job now done, they retreated from the area, the target now brightly illuminated in the shape of an enormous fiery “X”.

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    Woody Williams

    Woody Williams, a veteran of several campaigns with the 3rd Marine Division, landed on Iwo Jima in the days after D-Day. On February 23, 1945, Woody acted with "conspicuous gallantry" in eliminating Japanese pillboxes on Iwo Jima with his flame thrower. For his actions that day, Woody was awarded the Medal of Honor.

     

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    Charles McGee

    Charles McGee was an African American pilot in the 332nd Fighter Group. Deployed to Italy in 1944, McGee saw action both escorting heavy bombers on missions to Europe, and engaging enemy fighter aircraft.

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    Roscoe Brown

    Dr. Roscoe Brown served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot in the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, 15th Air Force. Brown recounts some of his exploits in the skies over Europe, including a duel with a German ME-262 jet fighter.

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