Reflections

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Crain believes that it is important to have museums such as The World War II Museum [Annotator's Note: The National...
After Mervosh helped his wounded friends in the foxhole he realized that he had lost his hearing. Eventually after a...
Out of all the men Galloway knew and the men around him, no one was killed on the first day of the Bulge. Galloway met...
When John Keema came home, he was by himself. When he left England it was the last time he saw of any of his fellow...
Joseph Armanini discusses having bicycle races in the officer's club at Thorpe Abbotts [Annotator’s Note: the 100th...
Standifer tried to use a credit card on one of his return trips to Germany in 1996 and the man who he was trying to buy...
Shames says that Bastogne was very cold, and mostly the platoon executed patrolling actions. Shames relates that his...
The whole world was at war. Rackley had to read about what was happening after the war because it was such a broad one...
The Monuments Men group totaled about 60 men when Ettlinger was a member. They continued to be in existence even after...
Being a submariner prepared Grieves for his career as a firefighter. When you've seen the worst everything else is easy...
Richard Ford was pinned down by a German machine gun. He was up against a hedgerow so tight that he could not move. The...
They [Annotator's Note: the Japanese] called the officer over and told him that the war was over. About a half hour...
When asked about a general message about his service and war, Tarrant references Civil War General Sherman's quote, "...
When Peterson was in the service the guys he served with would get together and have fun. In Sicily they had a ball...
Renstrom discusses what it was like to train soldiers. One time he witnessed a soldier giving bayonet instruction to...
Mack was going to bring his carbine home with him. He put it in his sea bag and had all of his stuff packed around it....
Finally a jeep showed up with a lieutenant in it who told them [Annotators Note: David Dennis and his fellow POWs] when...
[Annotators Note: Donald Hoff served in the navy as a rear seat gunner and radio operator on SBD Dauntless dive bombers...
Karr believed that Admiral Becton [Annotator's Note: F. Julian Becton was the Commander of the Laffey] was a very, very...
Delewski still hears from different people from the Laffey. After the war he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and got...
It was amazing to Harold Ward to see how quickly they dumped stuff after the war was over. They were heading back to...
When William Disanza had to urinate he would take a knife and dig a small hole to urinate in. Disanza always noted that...
Lynn Compton remembers the death of Robert Kennedy. He jumped into his car to go to the DA's office because he knew it...
The Vietcong were a tough enemy because of their ability to conceal themselves and assimilate with civilian populations...
Baptiste feels that it is important for there to be a National World War II Museum. If they hadn't done what they did...
Bailey had a picture of himself with a flamethrower on his back. It was taken while he was waiting to go free one of...
Joseph Armanini is most proud of the moment he met Gabby Gabreski and how Gabreski congratulated him on how well he...
Within hours any ship passing the destroyer escorts loaded with prisoners would receive prisoners from those destroyer...
They were not really Russian soldiers, but they were of Ukranian descent. Standifer called them Russians. If the...
James Goodrich was taken from Iwo Jima to a hospital on Guam. He was on Guam for about 12 or 13 days before being...
James Smith went home on 2 September 1945. He had a good job in New Zealand where he stayed for the rest of the war [...
There is no superior country and no one has the right to take over another country. The world has not learned that...
Vernon Baker looked at things differently after the war. He used to think of himself as a killer but then he started to...
America is the only country and society in the world, in Arthur Jackson's opinion, equipped to take on the dictators of...
Grieves talks about the eulogies he gives for friends who have passed away. He has officiated a number of funerals.On...
Kalil mentions that it was quite an ordeal flying back to the United States because one of the engines caught on fire...

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