The draft

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Arthur Killam was born in San Francisco and lived there until he was six years old when he moved to San Jose,...
Robert Kelso was born in Bristow, Oklahoma. He lived up on a farm owned by his grandparents. A few years after he was...
Robert Walter was born in 1922 in Seneca County, Ohio. His young years prior to entering the service were spent within...
Tokuji Yoshihashi was drafted and went to Camp Blanding, Florida for 17 weeks of basic training. He was trained on...
Charles Moore was born in Washington, D.C. on 14 May 1919. Growing up with five siblings, Moore had a twin sister....
Russell Hoff was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in October 1924.  After a year, the family moved to Willow Grove,...
Charles Coolidge was born in August 1921 on Signal Mountain, Tennessee where his family spent the summer months. The...
Wayne Pierce grew up in the small farming community of Polo, Illinois. He was drafted in June 1941 six months before...
Norman Ikari recalls Pearl Harbor very well. It was a Sunday morning and Ikari was sitting in his house in East Los...
Abe Milkis was born in 15 January 1924 in Philadelphia. He had one brother and one sister. His brother, Harry, was a...
David Yoho was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August 1928 and grew up in the inner city. He had two sisters....
James Livaudais was born in Jefferson Parish in Louisiana. He was one of eight children. There were six boys and two...
Edgar Marion Cole was born in Dallas, Texas in 1925. His parents were poor and he had to help the family financially...
Charles Fitts Jr. was born in December 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He lived there until he was about four years old....
John W. Marr was born in Johnson County, Missouri in May 1918. He grew up on a farm and moved farms twice during his...
George Bernard Griffenhagen was in Plzen, Czechoslovakia on VE Day, 8 May 1945. Griffenhagen was born in Portland,...
Clinton E. Riddle was born in Loudon County, Tennessee in February 1921. He was the only child in his family and grew...
Fred Hirsekorn was born in Schonlanke, Germany in May 1924. There were about five generations of Hirsekorns who were...
Walter Barnes was born in New Orleans and grew up on Webster Street in the Uptown neighborhood. Life was good for him....
[Annotators Note: Interview begins with the interviewer and George Wichterich talking about a tank that was knocked out...
Joseph Motil was deferred for six months and then went into the service on 22 January 1942. Motil was born on 24 July...
[Annotators Note: Edgar Cole served in the US Marine Corps in the 52nd Defense Battalion.] The Japanese attack on Pearl...
In January or February 1942 President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which allowed for the internment of...
Gerard Halpern graduated from high school in May or June of 1943. He applied to City College and started classes there...
John Witmeyer went to enlist in the United States military the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 8...
[Annotators Note: Franklin Denius was an artillery forward observer in Battery C, 230th Field Artillery Battalion, 30th...
William Blanckenburg had an upper middle class upbringing, but they struggled during the Depression. Blanckenburg was...
Fred Hirsekorn was drafted in early 1943. After induction at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas he was sent to Camp Campbell,...
Gerard Halpern finished high school in 1943 then took one semester at a City College before dropping out and joining...
Warren Schmitt was born on 18 March 1921 in Hutchinson, Kansas. He had a younger brother named Gene who also served in...
Robert Walter had 40 men under him during the Battle of the Bulge. He never had a problem with that. While he was in...
Roger Shaw decided to be a doctor after his service because he wanted more education. He quickly finished his...
[Annotator’s Note: The interview begins mid sentence, after the initial story Frank tells the interview begins.] Frank...
Darold Rice was born in Flint, Michigan, in 1925. During the Great Depression, Darold’s father worked in the Chevrolet...
Abe Milkis found the German troops to be good fighters. At the end, the enemy soldiers were just a bunch of young kids...
Richard Duchossois was born in October of 1921 in Chicago. His whole family lived, and still lives, in Chicago....

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