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John Rogers unit was stalemated for days in different places. St. Lo in particular was a tough assignment. They had a...
Merrill was aboard the Saratoga [Annotator's Note: USS Saratoga, CV-3] both times she was torpedoed.When they left...
Mancel Kirk was selected to go on a 10 man patrol to snatch a prisoner. They passed through the German lines and made...
Currey recalled combat along the Siegfried line as being like combat anywhere. They are shooting at you and you are...
They left Fort Dix in October 1943. They sent their families home.They went to Europe on a liberty ship. The whole...
They thought they were going to head back to the United States. They practiced close order drill. On the 16th of...
David Dennis does not recall when or how he learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor but does recall hearing that the...
There were a lot of good guys in Frank Stewart's unit with the exception of some of the officers. On Guadalcanal,...
Donald Hoff was regularly assigned to fly with Ensign Stone. Hoff was used to flying with him and felt like they were a...
After basic training Richard Greer and the other Marines from his boot camp class went to Norfolk, Virginia where they...
Baynham was based at Tibenham, England where there were numerous airfields that were three or four miles apart. Every...
William Disanza refused an order one time. They asked them to knock off a group of Japs. They always scouted ahead to...
When Crain was in the armada heading towards the beaches [Annotator's Note: during the invasion of Sicily, July 1943],...
Baum recalls that Jewish men did not receive the recognition that the other soldiers did. It was not as bad for the...
Theodore Van Kirk recalls his first combat mission in Europe in B-17s [Annotator's note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress...
That was as close as Kaylor ever came to getting hit [Annotator’s Note: during a Japanese attack in the Philippines]....
Michael Cokinos and the 8th Armored Division moved toward the Rhine River after the Battle of the Bulge. Their orders...
[Annotators Note: Curt Simmons served in the navy in the Armed Guard as a gunner aboard merchant ships in the North...
Another torpedo came and hit the USS California [Annotator’s Note: during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor]. Another...
Hopkins finished that phase in September 1941. Hopkins was assigned to Bombing Squadron 4 which operated off of the USS...
On the trip from Pendleton to Columbia [Annotators Note: Oregon to South Carolina in December 1941] Richard Cole was...
It was only a storm that allowed the Enterprise [Annotators Note: USS Enterprise (CV-6)] to not be in Pearl Harbor...
Rackley was sent to Kearney, Nebraska for reassignment where he was given the keys to a brand new B-17 [Annotator’s...
Clayton Kelly Gross should have been on the first combat mission, but when it happened he was in the hospital with a...
Billow remembers going through France, Holland, and Luxemburg. The cities were destroyed by aerial bombardment. There...
Louis Zamperini thought that the mission [Annotator's Note: to bomb Wake Island] was a piece of cake because they were...
Lazarick knew he was going to the Pacific. In March of 1944 the 96th Division was classified as an amphibious division....
They started on their way to Paris but got word that General Patton [Annotator's Note: US Army General George Smith...
Sakato recalled that they took that hill finally and had to take a few others [Annotator’s Note: during fighting in...
Lucien Laborde was a regimental adjutant with the 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division when he landed in...
Theodore Finkbeiner and the paratroopers he was with started heading toward Gela. Whenever they heard shooting they...
John Luckadoo was a copilot in the 100th Bombardment Group based at Thorpe Abbotts. Dye [Annotators Note: Glen Dye, the...
Hurd's unit was responsible for keeping the roads open for the Red Ball Express who was delivering fuel to the fronts....
The company that Inouye served in had the highest number of casualties with 42. Even the band was cut in half. In...
Ensign Earnest said that as he was heading down, he lost elevator control; the stick was loose in his hand. Ensign...
Barfoot recalls difficult times when they landed in Southern France, he was the Platoon Leader and had been promoted to...

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