Experience with death

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One of the pilots in Hanna's squadron was sent along with Hannas group to command the army enlisted men.On that day...
Alexander Jefferson came in the middle of the Tuskegee program. The first program was March 1942 and the last class was...
John Keema and his group arrived in Framlingham in mid-July around the time of the Hamburg raids. Keema got to go into...
Bailey was assigned to unloading ships. When he wasn't unloading ships he was walking around. He couldn't stay still....
Vernon wore a ring. Hershel Williams also wore a ring that was to remind him of his engagement to his fiancee Ruby....
When John Gibbons arrived over Berlin that day [Annotators Note: 6 March 1944] the flak was incredibly intense. Gibbons...
[Annotator’s Note: James Carrington enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1939 and spent two years in China...
Jimmy Doi encountered Italian fascists at San Terenzo. San Terenzo was their last big battle. They were down in a gully...
James Goodrich and his buddy dug a foxhole. His buddy put a big branch across the top of the hole. Later that night...
Clayton Kelly Gross cannot recall if the Messerschmitt he shot down off of the B-17 was his third or fourth kill. He...
Billow did not give an interview for the trials in Europe. He has been interviewed several times since the war. He...
Around 8:15 or 8:20 [Annotator's Note: on the morning of 16 April 1945] the first 4 Japanese kamikaze planes heading...
Theodore Finkbeiner went on a patrol to snatch a prisoner one night and came to a bridge that had been blown out. They...
Robert Shoens knew that the planes coming towards him were not the much hoped for escort. In the briefing room after...
[Annotators Note: Robert Murphy served in the army as a paratrooper in Company A, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment,...
One day they attacked the city of Leipzig [Annotator's Note: Germany]. It was industrial, like Birmingham, Pittsburgh,...
When Richard Duchossois and his unit got up into the Bulge [Annotators Note: the Battle of the Bulge] it was very cold...
Yellin recalls strafing runs on Chici-jima which was about a hundred or so miles from Iwo Jima. Yellin strafed the...
Joseph Hochadel landed in the second wave at Anzio and they unpacked their aid station into a jeep. They commandeered...
The Gothic Line goes all the way across Italy. The area where Mancel Kirk and his Company G, 168th Infantry Regiment...
Baumgarten continues his description of U.S. firepower [Annotator's Note: during D-Day Normandy, France]. He states...
After going past the site of the Malmedy Massacre, they kept going and their next major battle was in a town called...
At night around Henderson field the fighting was rough [Annotator’s Note: on Guadalcanal]. Quintana could only aim at...
Jackson describes what he experienced at Dachau.They knew it was there. They were called in to clear the bodies. But...
They landed in Sicily at a little town called Gela. It was still dark when they landed and the Germans were shooting at...
The scout that noticed the machine gun nests hidden in the changed leaves was able to go back to Bell and relay what he...
They did everything they could do to get off of the beach. One of the warrant officers was hit and told Renstrom to go...
John Vessey learned a lot from his 34th Infantry Division leaders. His experience in North Africa colored his outlook...
Michael Doi does not recall hearing about the death of President Roosevelt. Doi made a lot of Caucasian friends on the...
Mack was out of action for about 12 days. They put him right back on the line after he healed. He wanted to get back on...
The intelligence was good for the southern France operation. The intelligence officers claimed to know the rank and...
[Annotators Note: Robert Rosendahl served in the USAAF with the 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group. He deployed...
When Donald Hoff's plane went into its dive, it did not last long. At 250 miles per hour the dive goes by quick. When...
[Annotators Note: Joseph Diamond served in the army as a combat medic with the 413th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry...
Karr recalls having to go up on deck with buckets of water from down below. One of the times he went up to dump a...
To Richard Greer the staff NCOs in the weapons company were the heroes. They had a lot of old staff NCOs that they...

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