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Richard "Dick" Schneider was trained at various locations in the United States but spent most of his time at Gulfport...
Chester Brewer was sent to Las Vegas, Nevada and fired every gun from BB guns [Annotator's Note: air gun that fires...
Charles McGee was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1919. After third grade he moved to Illinois. He also spent some time in...
Calvin Moret volunteered for the Army Air Corps. Following testing, he was accepted on 14 October 1943. He was sent for...
Donald Strait's first victory came when he was escorting B-17s [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer asks Darrell Welch about his first victory against a German aircraft.] He got him...
Clayton Kelly Gross does not recall if the Messerschmitt he shot down off of the B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17...
While stationed in Polebrook, England [Annotator's Note: with the 511th Bombardment Squadron, 351st Bombardment Group,...
James Read Kirk was 17 years old and in high school when Pearl Harbor was attacked [Annotator's Note: the Japanese...
Carrol Joy was erroneously given three sets of shots after swearing into the United States Army Air Forces. His first...
Gilbert Shawn was not shipped to basic training. Instead, he went to an air field in Kentucky as a cadet. Shawn took a...
Chester Strunk was recruited and enlisted [Annotator's Note: in June 1942] but then told to return to college and await...
Irwin Stovroff got the call for service in the military, but it was not the assignment he anticipated. Instead of entry...
Bruno S. Rinas discussed joining the service with a younger brother. He joined the military in 1940 at Fort Snelling [...
Claud Neal Fristoe, Jr. took tests and examinations [Annotator's Note: for entry into aviation training in the United...
Russell Gackenbach had his Army Air Forces basic training in Florida. There were not enough uniforms for the recruits...
John W. Towle volunteered for the service. He had been attending the University of Tennessee but had a wreck and was...
Albert Porche learned to take Army life as it came. He was in Jackson, Mississippi after his enlistment. People did not...
After a few days at Camp Shelby [Annotator's Note: near Hattiesburg, Mississippi], Ray Fitzgerald was sent to Saint...
Lorcey J. Sonnier was born in May 1924. During the Great Depression, he did not have shoes. The town did not have roads...
Robert Butler Whitcomb was born in Scipio, Indiana. When he was about six his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he...
Timothy Mahoney wanted to join the Navy because a friend of his was in the Navy. His father told him to wait until he...
David L. Lehigh was born in December 1924 in York County [Annotator's Note: York County, Pennsylvania]. He grew up in...
Howard Anderson was born in December 1922 in North Dakota. He grew up on a farm. His father was a farmer. The family...
Edward Donald Grant, Jr. was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1923. His father worked in the Presbyterian Church. He was...
Harold Gournay was born in Eunice, Louisiana in 1919. He grew up and attended school in Eunice. He graduated from high...
Glen Jostad had an abbreviated basic training before beginning radio training at Scott Field [Annotator's Note: near...
George Roberts was working a good job when he was drafted. He was called up in August and reported to Altoona,...
Milton L. McMullen, Sr. was born in January 1921 in Clark County, Mississippi, just south of Meridian. He finished high...
For the first four months of his service, William Patrick Bonelli made 21 dollars a month. He had very little training...
Francis Dymnicki attempted to become a pilot in the Air Force. Half of his friends wanted to do the same. Dymnicki was...
Bernard Baker was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, in February 1924. He grew up with nine siblings. An older...
Antonio C. Rodriquez reported to Fort Sam [Annotator's Note: Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas in September 1943...
Elmore Ruck went to ground school in Santa Anna, California. It involved training in navigation and aircraft...
Robert Cahoon was drafted into the Army on his 21st birthday. When he reported to Camp Shelby [Annotator's Note: near...
Richard Gibian was born in Montgomery, Alabama in October 1919. The Great Depression [Annotator's Note: Great...

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