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John Howland and his B-17 bomber crewmates were assigned to the 381st Bomb Group based at Ridgewell, England. They...
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...
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...
William Greer saw combat and was wounded in Normandy, France shortly after troops exited Utah Beach. His squad leader...
Francis Dymnicki would awake very early in the morning to prepare for a bombing mission. Daylight hours in England...
Edward Tipper and a band of paratroopers captured a key crossroads location without the use of any automatic weapons...
Francis Dymnicki does not remember his first mission. He flew missions over France in preparation for D-Day [Annotator'...
[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...
John Howland had been involved in Operation Fortitude in deceiving the Germans before D-Day. They were not affected by...
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...
What they [Annotator's Note: Billy Grieves and his fellow crewmen aboard the submarine USS Thresher (SS-200)] didn't...
Wallace Jeffery arrived in Scotland and was transported by train to his new camp in England. He stayed there for four...
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....

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