Combat decisions

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Sidney Philips remembers the Marines bringing the amphibious tank up the creek from the beach. It was just sitting...
[Annotators Note: Romus Valtin Burgin served in the United States Marine Corps as a mortar section leader in Company K...
John Marr served as a 1st Lieutenant and commanded 1st Platoon, Company G, 2nd Battalion,  507th Parachute Infantry...
Darold Rice remembers his first experience with combat as he and his crew were ordered to fire their .30 caliber into...
After Norman Hatch landed with Major Jim Crowe [Annotator's Note: Major Henry Pierson Crowe commanded 2nd Battalion,...
[Annotators Note: Calvin Barrick served in the US Navy aboard the submarine USS Tang (SS306).] On 16 February 1944 the...
Before the 5th Marine Division landed on Iwo Jima, Norman Hatch assigned all of the men in his camera outfit to various...
[Annotators note. Heilbrun is showing a photograph of Lyle Pearson and himself to the interviewer]. Herbert Heilbrun...
[Annotators Note: Robert Freligh served as a TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bomber pilot in Torpedo Squadron 13, VT13,...
Norman Hatch filmed the battle on Tarawa with black and white 35mm film, but most of the rest of his photographers shot...
[Annotators Note: Frank Guidone served in the US Marine Corps as a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.]When...
Walter Barnes was born in New Orleans and grew up on Webster Street in the Uptown neighborhood. Life was good for him....
[Annotators Note: This segment begins with the interviewer asking George Wichterich about the hedgerow fighting in...
Some days after eliminating the machine gun position, Burgin and his fellow Marines faced another machine gun...
Wayne Pierce fought with General Gavin in Normandy. He and the airborne found him to be a god. In terms of Pierce’s...
David Roderick saw German fortifications that were made to look like homes or barns and one town was only made of...
Frank Buschmeier and his crew had another pilot for a few missions because the pilot was on leave. Fitzroy [Annotator's...
Harley Reynolds turned left after getting to the top of the bluff. A man passed Reynolds and tripped a mine which...
James Livaudais was part of the division which was to become the Sergeant York Division—the 82nd Division with about 16...
[Annotators Note: Wesley Trindal served in the US Army as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry...
John Witmeyer led his platoon through a break in a concrete wall out into a wheat field after being assured by an...
William Pena’s two sergeants were taken from him after one night and were transferred so he was given a new sergeant...
[Annotators Note: Franklin Denius was an artillery forward observer in Battery C, 230th Field Artillery Battalion, 30th...
Harley Reynolds notes that when the sun went down that night fighters would sweep over German positions dropping flares...
[Annotators Note: Franklin Denius was an artillery forward observer in Battery C, 230th Field Artillery Battalion, 30th...
Walter Nelson recognized that they were close enough that they could have bailed over Australia if they needed to. From...
[Annotators Note: Elmo Bell served in the army as a sergeant in Company C, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry...
During the invasion of Normandy, Clinton Riddle and most of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment landed in British Horsa...
Wayne Pierce returned to England after Normandy. The regiment stayed there until September when the paratroopers...
James Livaudais flew from England to Holland on 17 September 1944. Flying at about 500 feet at 150 miles per hour,...
William Pena remembers how his battalion commander was a gung-ho, brave, and tall man who refused to stay at the rear...
William Pena followed a trail through the woods and kept encountering groups of men asking for the two platoons on the...
[Annotator's Note: 1st Lieutenant John Marr served as a platoon leader in Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment...
William Pena remembers how after suffering heavy casualties his battalion was diminished to the size of practically one...
Once Lieutenant John Marr and the rest of Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment crossed the bridge at La Fiere,...

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