European Theater of Operations (ETO)

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When the GIs started pushing the Germans back [Annotators Note: during the later stages of the Battle of the Bulge],...
Y29 was a wonderful set up. They got there on 24 December [Annotator’s Note: 24 December 1944]. For the first time they...
Herbert Heilbrun wore long johns under woolen pants with a warm shirt under a Mae West [Annotators Note: inflatable...
Edward Tipper completed his paratrooper training in the United States and shipped out for England. Before going aboard...
[Annotators Note: Robert Williams served in the army as a paratrooper in Headquarters Company; 2nd Battalion. 506th...
Byron Othello Wilkins was taught what to do if he became a POW but no one figured they would become POWs. They boarded...
Tom Quigley grew up playing polo and riding horses and initially volunteered to serve with the cavalry in the army....
When Grant enlisted he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. He knew that he would end up going eventually and he wanted...
Wesley S. Trindal was with Company F, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He was born in Superior, Wisconsin...
Robert Kelso crossed into Germany through the Siegfried Line and headed toward Salzburg. His unit was in Salzburg when...
Wayne Pierce and his regiment were moved to an airbase in the south of England in anticipation of the start of the...
Kelly Kuwayama was drafted a year before Pearl Harbor and entered the Army. He was assigned to a coastal artillery unit...
Clinton E. Riddle was born in Loudon County, Tennessee in February 1921. He was the only child in his family and grew...
Fred Hirsekorn was born in Schonlanke, Germany in May 1924. There were about five generations of Hirsekorns who were...
For the first several months they were flying out of Bodney, they did not live on base. They lived in a hotel and were...
James Livaudais received replacements prior to the Battle of the Bulge. [Annotator’s Note: in December 1944] One...
Monty Joe Boitnott rested after Sened Station. The groups that were supposed to move toward the port did not make it...
Lieutenant John Marr was assigned to guide Company C, 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment in that company's...
The first real fighter airplane Donald Bryan flew was the P-40D with the Merlin engine, not the Allison engine. They...
After the fighting in the Paris area Franklin Denius and his unit boarded trucks and travelled north of Paris. The...
Harley Reynolds remembers artillery fire coming in from one of the supporting ships out at sea. The shells came just...
When Donald Bryan went back to Europe for his second combat tour, he returned to the same squadron. He was the senior...
Harley Reynolds notes that today everything is different from what they were doing. Reynolds notes that they had to do...
Harley Reynolds was one of the first people under fire during the invasion of North Africa. Reynolds saw fighting on...
Harley Reynolds notes that a few of the wounded men were dragging behind. They made it to the trench area. They had men...
[Annotators Note: segment begins with the interviewer asking Franklin Denius to describe his first moments in Normandy]...
John Witmeyer boarded ship on 5 June 1944 for transport across the English Channel. Before Witmeyer crossed the channel...
[Annotators Note: Daniel Farley served in the army as a rifleman in Company A, 5th Ranger Battalion.] The 29th Infantry...
Monty Joe Boitnott killed groups of men that were mostly Italian with his machinegun at Sened. He also killed Frenchmen...
Herbert Heilbrun wrote his last letter before his final mission. [Annotators Note: a baby has been crying for at least...
Before the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division moved out to make an assault on the formidable...
David Roderick was with the 1st Battalion Headquarters and dealt with administrative work during the Battle of the...
Edward Tipper had his life improved as a result of his service in World War Two. He received a college education and...
When Donald Bryan was going to junior college the US was paying for pilot training [Annotator’s Note: the Civilian...
John Marr served as a 1st Lieutenant and commanded 1st Platoon, Company G, 2nd Battalion,  507th Parachute Infantry...

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