Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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The general population was preparing, women too, to defend that island. Myers feels that if they did not drop the...
Arthur Pendleton went to Pavuvu after Cape Gloucester. There, he dealt with a bout of appendicitis which almost killed...
Alex Vraciu knew that the next time they saw air action it would be part of a landing somewhere. When his group was...
James understands that movies are made so people think they are interesting. He understands that Hollywood adds its own...
Years later Vejtasa asked Japanese veterans if they had thought about strafing the deck and they said no. Vejtasa would...
Crain believes that it is important to have museums such as The World War II Museum [Annotator's Note: The National...
Jones believes that the raid was important and worth the risk and cost. After the raid the men just kept on going.Jones...
After Mervosh helped his wounded friends in the foxhole he realized that he had lost his hearing. Eventually after a...
The guys at Midway knew that the Navy was out there but not where they were. Whitten was at Midway when the SBD from...
When Feightner pulled up at the end of the runway he was hit again. His F6F [Annotator's Note: Grumman F6F "Hellcat"...
Another of the Japanese pushers [Annotator’s Note: Japanese guards at POW camps in the Philippines] was called Many...
Baptiste feels that a lot of talent was lost by the navy segregating them. He used to talk to his officers about it.He...
Bailey has seen the Okinawan civilian jumping off of cliffs on television. It puzzles Bailey how two Okinawan women...
The second day they were run out by the Japanese again [Annotator’s Note: On Okinawa, April 1945]. Deen notes that it...
Crump got to Panteloria and was alongside the dock. All of the German prisoners of war did the work. They were younger...
The torpedo planes flew into Espiritu Santo. They stayed on Espiritu Santo for about a week. They sent 6 TBF's [...
Childers was placed in a basket and hoisted onto the deck of the destroyer that had picked him and his crew up. He was...
[Annotators Note: Norman J. Kleiss, known as Dusty, was a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) flying from...
[Annotators Note: James Goodrich served in the US Marine Corps as a machinegun section leader in the 27th Marine...
James Smith watched the battle [Annotators Note: the battle of Gavutu] from Tulagi. [Annotators Note: Smith gets off...
After Arthur Jackson got back to the United States [Annotators Note: after being wounded in the Pacific] he was sent to...
They [Annotator's Note: the Japanese] called the officer over and told him that the war was over. About a half hour...
The next morning Alexander Vraciu and the other guerillas headed north up the national highway. They took a bugler and...
Once Pomroy was brought to the beach he was treated by a Navy Corpsman and evacuated from Peleliu to a hospital ship...
Yellin is not sure if he was fired upon during landings and take offs from Iwo Jima. Yellin recalls that one of his...
When asked about a general message about his service and war, Tarrant references Civil War General Sherman's quote, "...
They did not know the exact cause of his death since he was in halfway decent shape but initially they were told his...
William Lansford was attached to the 27th Regiment [Annotators Note: Headquarters, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine...
Renstrom discusses what it was like to train soldiers. One time he witnessed a soldier giving bayonet instruction to...
Mack was going to bring his carbine home with him. He put it in his sea bag and had all of his stuff packed around it....
[Annotators Note: Donald Hoff served in the navy as a rear seat gunner and radio operator on SBD Dauntless dive bombers...
Karr believed that Admiral Becton [Annotator's Note: F. Julian Becton was the Commander of the Laffey] was a very, very...
While Richard Greer and his fellow Marines were on Guadalcanal they were bombed almost constantly. They were hit at ten...
Besides the flag raising, Dave Severance's most vivid memory was the loss off troops. They knew that the Japanese were...
Delewski still hears from different people from the Laffey. After the war he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and got...
It was amazing to Harold Ward to see how quickly they dumped stuff after the war was over. They were heading back to...

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