European Theater of Operations (ETO)

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Franklin Denius had taken artillery training in the ROTC at the Citadel and wanted to be in the artillery. He got his...
Charles Moore flew to support beleaguered American troops in Bastogne. [Annotator’s Note: relief to the men in...
They landed at Liverpool, England then traveled from there to Tidworth. They were there for three weeks and Charles...
Russell Hoff and the 106th Infantry Division had been sent to the front as relief for the 2nd Infantry Division which...
During the Battle of the Bulge, glider infantryman Clinton Riddle rode into battle on a tank during the American...
William Pena recalls the situation in the Ardennes before the Germans arrived, how they laid tripwires and mines. They...
Tom Quigley remembers how one night before they blew the pillboxes, he and some other men were watching what they...
Byron Othello Wilkins experienced the artillery barrage around 5:30 in the morning [Annotators Note: on the morning of...
[Annotators Note: Wesley Trindal served in the US Army as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry...
Donald Bryan took off on 140 missions but only completed 138 of them. The bombers aborted on two of them because of...
Charles Moore was born in Washington, D.C. on 14 May 1919. Growing up with five siblings, Moore had a twin sister....
Edward Tipper enlisted in the Army. All paratroopers enlisted. None were drafted. He wanted to join the paratroopers...
Russell Hoff and his regiment [Annotators Note: 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division] surrendered during...
Abe Milkis was called up soon after finishing high school. After being drafted, he found himself on bivouac in a tent...
Russell Hoff was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in October 1924.  After a year, the family moved to Willow Grove,...
Charles Coolidge was born in August 1921 on Signal Mountain, Tennessee where his family spent the summer months. The...
Wayne Pierce grew up in the small farming community of Polo, Illinois. He was drafted in June 1941 six months before...
Josephine Reeves was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 1919. Growing up, Reeves attended the West Catholic...
In February [Annotators Note: 5 February 1945] Daniel Farley and the 5th Rangers got word to assemble in a certain area...
At Wendover, there was a base regulation stating that there was never to be any ammunition present in an aircraft until...
John Witmeyer harbored an intense anger toward German soldiers. He punched German prisoners in the face, ran bayonets...
Monty Joe Boitnott was wounded when he was bringing supplies on a mule and a mortar shell hit the path. The mule went...
Frank Mancuso crossed the Volturno River prior to Monte Cassino. His unit gathered in a courtyard to refuel their...
John Witmeyer was first wounded in early July of 1944, just a month after the invasion of Normandy began. He went out...
Robert Kelso's unit had pulled up near a railroad track and dug in. He had heard that some of the guys went to a...
Byron Othello Wilkins was given an automatic rifle after they cleared the foxholes on the hill. All the men had M1...
Byron Othello Wilkins left the infirmary and was placed on a farm where there were a lot of British and various other...
[Annotators Note: Daniel Farley served in the army as a rifleman in Company A, 5th Ranger Battalion.] When the war...
Harley Reynolds remembers the air filling with bullets. About 20 or 30 yards in, Reynolds made it to an obstacle called...
When they attacked the Siegfried Line Fred Hirsekorn and his fellow soldiers knew they were attacking into Germany. On...
[Annotators Note: George Wichterich served as a platoon sergeant in the 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, 30th Infantry...
[Annotators Note: William Guarnere was a paratrooper in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,...
Tom Quigley recalls how when they were approaching Brest, he saw a soldier who was directing traffic get hit by an 88...
To Charles Fitts, actual combat was not at all similar to their training. In combat, Fitts and his section did not set...

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