In 1944, Martha Cameron was in the first company of nurses to go ashore on Utah Beach after D-Day. She now lives at Canterbury Towers in Tampa, featured in Dudley Clendinen's new book, A Place Called Canterbury. "On Memorial Day, I will think of all the soldiers that have died, especially those who have died these last few years," she says.
What is on your nightstand?
Periodicals like the New Yorker and newspapers.
Do you have certain books that you've held onto?
Right here on my shelf is one of my very favorites, FDR: A Biography, by Ted Morgan. I grew up during the Depression, and it was a terrible period in our country. Some people even lost their minds. FDR and Eleanor really changed the complexion of things.
. . . I remember seeing President
Roosevelt on a train once. His son helped him from the car because his legs were useless, but FDR still managed to hide looking like an invalid. I was 13.
How old are you now?
I'll be 90 later this year, so you can say I'm 90 instead of 89. It has more punch.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer