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Leisey was sent to Pearl Harbor [Annotator’s Note: Hawaii] for surgery. They operated on his hand and back. It was a...
Billow recalls his friend Robert "Sketch" Marigg telling him about the incident. Sketch saw everything from a bush on...
Louis Zamperini was converted in 1949. In 1951, he returned to Japan, particularly to visit Sugamo Prison because he...
At Northwestern University, Swinney's speech fraternity, Zeta Phi Eta, was sent to Glenview Naval Air Station. There...
Wagner's other brother was also in the Pacific and would write to the family telling them that he was trying to meet up...
Connick recalls the atmosphere of New Orleans during the war. He remembers men being replaced by stars in the window [...
They have docent led tours at the memorial in Portland. It gives Eva Aigner a physical location in which to go honor...
Flournoy did not have an instructors rating. She went to Alice airport [Annotator’s Note: Alice, Texas airport] after...
Barfoot grew up on a farm and his family was all on the farm. They grew cotton and corn and made a living during the...
With all of the different kinds of huts that the Filipinos used they mainly used armor-piercing ammunition because...
Biddle was not allowed to return to combat because he was being put up for the Medal of Honor. He was told that he had...
Frank Stewart was standing outside of the White House in Washington D.C. when he heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor...
[Annotators Note: Joseph Diamond served in the army as a combat medic with the 413th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry...
Years ago Delewski did an interview for National Geographic. He accompanied his commanding officer Captain Becton [...
Harold Ward remembers that it was quiet after they secured from general quarters. Around three in the afternoon they...
When Executive Order 9066 [Annotator's Note: Executive Order 9066, or EO 9066 led the way for the internment of...
The Airborne soldiers who were rescuing the civilians came in by sea as well [Annotator’s Note: during the Los Banos...
Wicker was told to go relieve the man on the gate but he refused because he knew he had more points than any man over...
Stratton went to Corona, California towards the end of 1942. He was there for a couple months before he was medically...
One night Meyer was coming back on base at Parris Island and was wondering where her husband was. There had been a rape...
Fagot remembers the difficulties she had translating for the United Fruit Company because of the cultural differences....
The picture of Leisey is on half a dozen things that he can think of. He has copies of the picture that go back to 1944...
Billow did not give an interview for the trials in Europe. He has been interviewed several times since the war. He...
Swinney picked up words during the war like ersatz which meant a substitute for something.She recalls the pin-up girls...
Lyle Bouck and Slape [Annotator's Note: US Army Sgt. William Slape] went back and got the platoon members who were to...
Chuck recalls being stripped naked with his hands locked behind his head. The Japanese would hit them with a giant...
On the 3rd of January 1945 the 101st [Annotator's note: 101st Airborne Division] attacked through the Bois Jacques...
Connick recalls having great respect for the Marines they picked up at Iwo Jima. He watched them fight, seeing the...
Serving in the Red Cross made Butler a more forceful and less shy person. It improved her leadership skills and...
Inouye helped liberate a village as well. One of the churches in the village had a high steeple. He asked the priest if...
There was a lot of segregation at the beginning but Lavenia Breaux had the impression that it eased up. Breaux...
Flournoy believes that World War II changed the world. She also believes that any current war will change the world....
In Vietnam, Barfoot found the news different from the perspective he got from it in the United States. He saw and heard...
Blonder feels that it is very important to have a museum that preserves the history of the war, like the World War II...
It was a wonderful experience. Stinson would not trade a million dollars for his experience in World War II. On average...
The Americal [Annotator's Note: the US Army Americal Division] came in in October [Annotator's Note: October 1942] and...

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