Experiencing enemy fire

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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,...
John Witmeyer served in five armies of the US Army through six campaigns in the European Theater of World War 2. He had...
During the assault on the port city of Cherbourg, France, John Witmeyer fought through to the end of town after door to...
[Annotators Note: Fred Hirsekorn served in the army as a gunner, then tank commander, and finally tank platoon...
Being in charge of other people helped give Raymond Wells focus during combat, not leaving any time to be afraid. Wells...
Joseph Motil put the charge right against the door so it blew it in. There was a flame thrower operator with their unit...
Monty Joe Boitnott was on tour [Annotators Note: on an overseas tour of duty] for 16 months. The only member of...
Byron Othello Wilkins was put on the front line again with his company. The sleeping holes were dug into the walls near...
William Pena traveled on the Queen Elizabeth over to England where he was given lots of food. Only one day he remembers...
Sergeant Elmo Bell and the men of Company C, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division repelled all...
On the morning of 7 December 1941, Roy Boreen enjoyed an early breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast he went to the...
After that mission [Annotator’s Note: an aborted mission to an airfield just outside of Paris during which Grant had...
Charles Moore flew to support beleaguered American troops in Bastogne. [Annotator’s Note: relief to the men in...
[Annotator's Note: Norman Hatch served as a combat cameraman with the 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima.] On Iwo Jima,...
The battle on Tarawa provided countless opportunities for combat cameramen like Norman Hatch to capture story telling...
They landed at Liverpool, England then traveled from there to Tidworth. They were there for three weeks and Charles...
Russell Hoff and the 106th Infantry Division had been sent to the front as relief for the 2nd Infantry Division which...
During the Battle of the Bulge, glider infantryman Clinton Riddle rode into battle on a tank during the American...
William Pena recalls the situation in the Ardennes before the Germans arrived, how they laid tripwires and mines. They...
Tom Quigley remembers how one night before they blew the pillboxes, he and some other men were watching what they...
Byron Othello Wilkins experienced the artillery barrage around 5:30 in the morning [Annotators Note: on the morning of...
Walter Nelson loved the airplane he flew in [Annotators Note: TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bombers]. It was slow but...
[Annotators Note: Wesley Trindal served in the US Army as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry...
Sidney Philips remembers explosions everywhere. Small arms fire everywhere. The total concern was for yourself. It is...
In February [Annotators Note: 5 February 1945] Daniel Farley and the 5th Rangers got word to assemble in a certain area...
Monty Joe Boitnott was wounded when he was bringing supplies on a mule and a mortar shell hit the path. The mule went...
Frank Mancuso crossed the Volturno River prior to Monte Cassino. His unit gathered in a courtyard to refuel their...
John Witmeyer was first wounded in early July of 1944, just a month after the invasion of Normandy began. He went out...
Robert Kelso's unit had pulled up near a railroad track and dug in. He had heard that some of the guys went to a...
Byron Othello Wilkins was given an automatic rifle after they cleared the foxholes on the hill. All the men had M1...
[Annotators Note: Frank Guidone served in the US Marine Corps as a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.]When they...
[Annotators Note: Robert Addison was a member of the US Marine Corps 1st Raider Battalion.]Edson [Annotators Note: US...
Okinawa is something of a blur in Romus Burgin's mind. Unlike New Britain and Peleliu, battles from which he can...
When David Yoho went through boot camp, it was great except for his troubled background. He kept getting into trouble...
Harley Reynolds remembers the air filling with bullets. About 20 or 30 yards in, Reynolds made it to an obstacle called...

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