Combat decisions

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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,...
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...
George Morgan was tasked at Iwo Jima to swim to a peninsula in the island and place a battery operated light on it. It...
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...

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