Combat decisions

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Abe Milkis landed on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. Rather than entering France as a...
When the 2nd Marine Division shipped out from New Zealand, the men were vaguely told that they were going to make a...
Elmo E. Bell retired from the US Army as a full Colonel. His Mississippi National Guard retired grade is Brigadier...
Harley Reynolds’s 2nd battalion was in Faid Pass when the Germans made an attack to penetrate their lines and take some...
Monty Joe Boitnott thought the strategy was ill advised at Kasserine Pass because they knew the enemy was coming. They...
Harley Reynolds and his unit trained for Sicily on an incredibly rocky shoreline. The shore they actually landed on in...
Tom Quigley remembers watching as the two platoons before his made their way down the hillside, through some fields,...
James Livaudais knew he had really seen combat after the battle at La Fiere and the Merderet crossing. He thought at...
Captain Ben Schwartzwalder, Lieutenant John Marr's superior in command of Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment...
For John Marr it is paramount to relentlessly train military leadership based on the lessons learned from failed...
Wesley Trindal had dreams about the war. He would dream that he was in it again and would keep the barracks awake while...
After Lieutenant John Marr and the rest of Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment crossed the La Fiere causeway,...
Originally, when Frank Mancuso entered the army he was a Catholic. This changed when the Pope said they could not bomb...
[Annotators Note: Robert Walter was a platoon sergeant in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th...
[Annotators Note: Daniel Farley served in the army as a rifleman in Company A, 5th Ranger Battalion.] On 9 June Company...
Harley Reynolds notes that by one in the morning they stopped and rested. The next morning they were in position and...
James Livaudais remembers certain names from his combat experience very vividly. Not all of them are mentioned in...
James Livaudais saw a man named Oseroff killed. That was the first combat death that Livaudais witnessed. He merely...
Charles Coolidge recalls the weather at Monte Cassino as being cold and rainy. Coolidge feels that had they gone with...
After eliminating the remainder of the artillery positions on Ngesebus Island, the 5th Marine Regiment returned to...
[Annotators Note: Franklin Denius was an artillery forward observer in Battery C, 230th Field Artillery Battalion, 30th...
While in combat in the Normandy's hedgerow country, an entire patrol from John Witmeyer's unit was killed by a German...
[Annotators Note: Robert Addison was a member of the US Marine Corps 1st Raider Battalion.]After Bloody Ridge they went...
One night, the battalion command sent John Witmeyer on a patrol behind German lines. Witmeyer took six other men out on...
[Annotator's Note: due to a technical problem, audio for this segment was lost].
James Livaudais entered the service in March 1942. His division was to be the Sergeant York Division. The decision...
Clinton Riddle and his comrades in Company B were wrestled from their sleep in the early predawn hours for breakfast on...
James Livaudais flew in a glider over Allied shipping in the English Channel on his route to land in Normandy on D-Day...
Wayne Pierce had no idea of what was happening with A or B Companies while he was with Sanford and the remnants of C...
Charles Moore went to Bottesford which was 18 miles from Nottingham. [Annotator’s Note: Moore and the 440th Troop...
Edward Tipper was on detached service with another company in Southern England during the preparatory phase to the...
Wayne Pierce and his battalion had received orders to advance earlier in the evening in the woods adjacent to the...
Monty Joe Boitnott never got the Garand rifle in his outfit. The first things they got did not even have a bayonet but...
Once the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment arrived at Casablanca, Morocco and set up camp, Clinton Riddle and his comrades...
William Leibold found O'Kane [Annotators Note: Richard O’Kane was the captain of the USS (SS306)] to be very sure of...
[Annotators Note: this segment begins with the interviewer asking Franklin Denius to give a statement in a certain way...

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