A native of Washington DC, Roscoe Brown was the youngest of two children. His mother was a teacher and his father was a public health specialist. Brown graduated from Spring College in 1943 and immediately joined the Army Air Forces with aspirations of being a fighter pilot. Upon completion of flight school at Tuskegee, Alabama, Brown was assigned to the 100th Fighter Squadron in the 332nd Fighter Group. Brown flew with the 100th and eventually became squadron commander, shooting down a total of 2 enemy aircraft including an ME-262 jet fighter. After the war he went back to school, received his master’s degree, and eventually his PhD.
Seth Paridon was a staff historian at The National WWII Museum for 15 years beginning in 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.