Audio clip: Clarence Wood

Clarence Wood recalls blackouts in Texas City:

Luke Alvey-Henderson (interviewer): So another thing that was common around the time, especially in Texas City, was blackouts. Do you remember those well?

Clarence Wood: Oh yes, I remember them very well. All the people had to have dark shades for their windows and have very few lights inside the windows. And on the cars, they wouldn't allow them to turn on the headlights.

Out in the Gulf of Mexico they might send bombs over from the Gulf. I do remember that during the war there were a lot of German submarines in the Gulf of Mexico, and every once in a while we'd find a body float up on the seashore from the Germans torpedoing the boats that went out from Houston and Galveston.

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