Combat decisions

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Jimmy Doi spent his first day in the internment camp [Annotators Note: Doi was interned at the Gila River Relocation...
Stegmeier enlisted because everybody was doing it. There was a draft going on and if you didn't enlist you would be...
James Goodrich thinks that people had a greater hatred for the Japanese than the Germans in America. He credits hearing...
Clayton Kelly Gross recalls the first mission he shot any airplanes down was when he was flying with a wingman named...
Loevsky washed out as a pilot and went to Navigation school. He graduated from navigation school in Hondo, Texas in...
[Annotators Note: Robert Murphy served in the army as a paratrooper in Company A, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment,...
A few minutes after 7:00 [Annotator's Note: 7:00 a.m., 7 December 1941] one of the plotters made some entries on the...
After the war started their NCO [Annotator's Note: non- commissioned officer] went to Pan Am station and brought back...
Edward LaPorta was a halftrack driver during his first battle. He remembers that they had nothing to fight with except...
When the battle initially started Pomroy was positioned with a water-cooled machine gun. [Annotator's note: 1917A1...
Rankin's squadron [Annotator's Note: 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group] had an apartment in London that the men...
There was a problem with some of the arming switches in the Bombing 3 [Annotator's Note: Bombing Squadron 3] bombers....
Another frightening experience Gravois had was during the Battle of the Matanikau River. For the battle they [Annotator...
Mancel Kirk and his fellow Company G, 168th Infantry Regiment GIs stayed in that area for four or five days then they...
They got to the target [Annotator’s Note: Burma railway] at 9:00 in the morning and no other aircraft were there. They...
Bell and his men got up that morning and as they stood in formation outside the house, the Germans woke up and walked...
They kept moving up trying to find the Japanese [Annotator's Note: on the island of New Guinea]. There was a supply...
Renstrom notes that one of the hardest things for a Marine, or anybody, is to see your first American blood [Annotator’...
[Annotators Note: John Vessey served in the army as the First Sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery,...
The 2nd plane [Annotator’s Note: the 2nd kamikaze on 10 May 1945] that hit them hit the after engine room. He came in...
There were little pockets of resistance [Annotator’s Note: during the first days on Okinawa]. His company started...
Biddle was not allowed to return to combat because he was being put up for the Medal of Honor. He was told that he had...
Robert Christie was in combat for a few weeks before his tank was hit. They had to bail out of their tank. He was not...
When they [Annotators Note: Donald Hoff and the rest of the strike group] arrived at the point where they [Annotator's...
Leonard Spivey had to part ways with the “Georgia Rebel” and Ocie Jones. The next mission of importance was when Spivey...
Years ago Delewski did an interview for National Geographic. He accompanied his commanding officer Captain Becton [...
Hawk arrived in England and took a C-47 across the English Channel to France. His aircraft landed on an airstrip on the...
When they were in the prisoner of war camp in Serbia the Serbs would go out on work details. Milosevich was able to...
Lynn Compton was not told about the upcoming invasion while he was in Holborn. Compton could tell by the outlay of land...
David Paul Spencer carried a .30 caliber M1 carbine. When he was in his hole and woke up to four dead Krauts around him...
When the Marines were about half way down Okinawa the Japanese got around behind them. Robert Akins and some of his...
John Weinart notes that the Virgin Mary prayer card experience is in the book that he wrote. The Bronze Star that...
On 12 May 1944, there was a big air raid with 800 bombers and top cover from Hub Zemke and his wolf pack. They came...
Hopkins was the 33rd plane to take off. It was the 1st time that Hopkins took off carrying a live bomb. After he took...
Bailey was assigned to unloading ships. When he wasn't unloading ships he was walking around. He couldn't stay still....
Joseph Armanini describes flying back to England along the coast of Spain from Africa, landing the following morning....

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