Experience with death

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Billow remembers going through France, Holland, and Luxemburg. The cities were destroyed by aerial bombardment. There...
Freddie Ohr got back for Marie's graduation. He had to clean up a little bit when he landed then he joined them at the...
They [Annotations Note: Louis Zamperini, his pilot and their tail gunner] spent 47 days fighting off sharks, the...
Wagner was checking in after dinner when a guard stuck a gun in her back. She identified herself as Lieutenant Wagner...
The training also helped Lyle Bouck. It was new to all of them. The purpose of an I...
Sakato recalled that they took that hill finally and had to take a few others [Annotator’s Note: during fighting in...
The invasion at Ormoc Bay was small and consisted mainly of destroyers and rocket firing landing craft.The Laffey [...
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...
[Annotator's Note: Arthur Jackson served in the US Marine Corps as an automatic rifleman in Company I, 3rd Battalion,...
The English were incredibly grateful for the American presence. Robert Shoens and his crew stuck together when they got...
After Harold Rosen was wounded, he went back into action. The shrapnel was embedded and it allowed him to serve, but...
When Edward LaPorta landed in Oran all he could see was the German fortress which had two giant spotlights shining out...
On the evening of 28 February [Annotator's Note: 28 February 1942] they left the area they had been fighting in and...
Rankin was initially stationed at Halesworth near Norwich then moved down to Boxted [Annotator’s Note: England]. By the...
Joseph Hochadel and his squad started down the road and a German tank began to shell them. It was traumatic and they...
Another problem they had was when they 1st arrived on the island they ran out of food. When they landed they had the...
Tarrant would clean up the compartments of the mess attendants and things of that nature. He met a few Filipinos who...
The guys who captured them were about in their 30s.The SS men put them into the field. Eventually the SS men circled...
When Wilburn K. Ross landed on Sicily he landed from a Higgins boat. The beach being laden with obstacles and barbed...
Quintana had to board an Australian ship that left from American Samoa. On Tulagi, the landing was rougher than...
Those with dysentery didn't live very long. Dehydration, lack of food, lack of water, the sickness, it was awful....
Biddle recalls finding the pilots from the downed JU 88 [Annotator’s Note: in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge]....
Robert Christie was assigned to a repo depot [Annotators Note: replacement depot] and shipped overseas. He was sent to...
When Robert Rosendahl and his fellow survivors were told to destroy their weapons they threw them all out into the bay...
It was decided that the Laffey was going to head to Washington, DC and be tied up next to the Naval Gun Factory. The...
James did not realize that he was shot right away. He knew he was hit but the pain did not register. He went down below...
One night the men were on a 100 percent alert. Robert Akins was manning the 37mm antitank gun. Around two in the...
The 100th Battalion joined the 442nd in Italy and was their first battalion. After the battle of Bruyeres, they took...
The Americans had very qualified airplanes in the P-51 and P-47. He remembered that the P-47 could keep a higher speed...
In 1940, the US Navy broke the Japanese code. On 27 November of 1941 Giles Bacon heard about a Japanese tanker that...
Wicker was not fast enough so his buddy would help him swim along in the water [Annotator’s Note: during the attack on...
Stratton recalls that none of the men were sleeping. The Arizona had reveille every morning at 5 AM. They ate breakfast...
They started back to Australia to begin the process of removing the dead from the ship [Annotator’s Note: from the USS...
Alexander Jefferson’s plane name was “Bubble Blue Subsoil” [Annotator’s Note: Jefferson became quiet and was lost in...
After being liberated [Annotator’s Note: from Santo Tomas prison camp] people were allowed to return to the United...

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