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When they attacked the Siegfried Line Fred Hirsekorn and his fellow soldiers knew they were attacking into Germany. On...
[Annotators Note: William Guarnere was a paratrooper in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,...
Tom Quigley recalls how when they were approaching Brest, he saw a soldier who was directing traffic get hit by an 88...
To Charles Fitts, actual combat was not at all similar to their training. In combat, Fitts and his section did not set...
David Roderick knew the true goal was to capture Cherbourg at the end of the peninsula which took until 25 June. It was...
James Livaudais and his glider infantrymen met up with paratroopers after crossing the Merderet causeway. The...
Edward Tipper credits paratrooper training with assisting in making the attack on Carentan a success. The decision was...
Monty Joe Boitnott fought in bad weather and only received support when the skies cleared. The Junkers would be...
Darold Rice reached the peak of Hill 122 and had gone to ground to wait for further orders. While lying there, a German...
Tom Quigley recalls how after having sufficiently halted the German advance, he and his men slogged their way back to...
Edward Tipper and a band of paratroopers captured a key crossroads location without the use of any automatic weapons...
[Annotators Note: Romus Valtin Burgin served in the United States Marine Corps as a mortar section leader in Company K...
[Annotators Note: Wesley Trindal served in the US Army as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry...
Wayne Pierce felt the night attack on Cauyuigy was the right thing to do. The attack failed because the 400 Americans...
John Witmeyer recognizes the value of The National World War II Museum and is glad that the museum affords the public...
Lieutenant John Marr led his advanced party along a hedgerow ahead of the main group of Company G, 507th Parachute...
Herbertert Heilbrun believes in the power of prayer. On his fourth mission, Heilbrun was flying with 36 airplanes in...
Frank Buschmeier and his crew had been to Berlin. It was high time to have an easy mission. The guys were told it was...
Lieutenant John Marr had encounters with other American officers and commanders in the field early on in the Normandy...
[Annotators Note: Robert Williams served in the army as a paratrooper in Headquarters Company; 2nd Battalion. 506th...
Darold Rice remembers that the night of June 5th they heard the engines suddenly roar louder than they had ever heard...
David Roderick experienced a lot of shelling and artillery and snipers when he landed. D Day began at 6:30 in the...
Joseph Motil went to South Bren England for training. They also practiced going on lots of patrols. On the weekends...
Norman Ikari’s request for a transfer to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team was granted, but he was busted down from...
James Livaudais knew when he was given an order, he had to respond. When the man in front stepped off, the next...
For Frank Mancuso, the war took away four years of his youth and there were many things he did not get a chance to do....
During the assault on Manoir La Fiere [Annotators Note: La Fiere Manor] on D Day, Lieutenant John Marr led his advanced...
Kelly Kuwayama was away from his unit for about three weeks before he had to rejoin them. The 44nd was sent back to...
When the GIs started pushing the Germans back [Annotators Note: during the later stages of the Battle of the Bulge],...
[Annotators Note: Robert Williams served in the army as a paratrooper in Headquarters Company; 2nd Battalion. 506th...
James Livaudais received replacements prior to the Battle of the Bulge. [Annotator’s Note: in December 1944] One...
Monty Joe Boitnott rested after Sened Station. The groups that were supposed to move toward the port did not make it...
Lieutenant John Marr was assigned to guide Company C, 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment in that company's...
The first real fighter airplane Donald Bryan flew was the P-40D with the Merlin engine, not the Allison engine. They...
Harley Reynolds remembers artillery fire coming in from one of the supporting ships out at sea. The shells came just...

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