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Frank Fontana took his basic training in Camp Barkeley in Texas. It was miserable, desolate country. The training...
Burton Johnson entered into service at Clinton, Arkansas at age 18. At Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was assigned to the 1st...
Stanley Wolczyk was born in Cleveland, Ohio in December 1917. His father and mother were both Polish immigrants. They...
Lewis Guidry had difficulty leaving his wife and son when he entered military service. He had moved them in with her...
Harvey Segal wanted to serve his country after he was drafted. He was inducted at Fort Devens [Annotator's Note: in...
John Singlaub enlisted in the US Army Artillery because he wanted the experience to supplement his infantry skills....
Russell Hoff was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in October 1924. After a year, the family moved to Willow Grove,...
After induction into the Army, Norris Waddill went to Camp Crowder, Missouri for his basic training. Basic training was...
Mahlen Arledge received his draft notice in July 1943 and went into service the next month. He elected to go into the...
Charles Coolidge was born in August 1921 on Signal Mountain, Tennessee where his family spent the summer months. The...
Floyd Dumas' father worked for the New York Central Railroad in Malone, New York as a boilermaker. Dumas had three...
Henry Freedman reported to Fort Devens, Massachusetts after receiving his draft notice. He was then sent to Camp...
James Matthew Weller was born in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana in July 1922. Before the war, he attended college....
Wayne Pierce grew up in the small farming community of Polo, Illinois. He was drafted in June 1941 six months before...
Before Arthur Seltzer was drafted into the Army, he had received multiple letters of commendation from the Army Signal...
Vernon Alexander was sent to Fort Hood, Texas for his basic training. It was known as North Camp Hood at the time that...
Henry Feldman went to Fort Custer [Annotator's Note: near Battle Creek, Michigan] for indoctrination. He did his basic...
Samuel Lombardo joined the National Guard on 11 November 1939. He had a friend in the Guard who coaxed him into doing...
Harry Quinn entered Camp Shelby in September [Annotator’s Note: 1943] and stayed there for about a week. From there,...
Harold Berkman had 16 weeks of basic training as a member of Company B, 36th Infantry Training Battalion [Annotator's...
Wallace Hurley was initially trained as a scout but reassigned to regular infantry. His training was at Camp Robinson...
William McCool never thought he would be in the war although his uncles served in the military. He had been trained for...
Robert Swift was drafted. He received his draft notice before he turned 18. He was a medic in the 71st Division [...
Antoinette Underwood signed up for the Army a day or two after Pearl Harbor. She had to go to West Point for an...
Opal Grapes joined the Army and reported for duty at Foster General Hospital in Temple, Texas. She underwent training...
Josephine Reeves was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 1919. Growing up, Reeves attended the West Catholic...
Richard Scheerer was on the streets of Little Rock when he learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was...
Joseph Hairston ended up going to artillery school. The rest of the Army was segregated, however, OCS [Annotator's Note...
Donelson Houseman was born in Dallas, Texas in 1923 and grew up there. After graduating high school, he began classes...
For William Winter, basic training was different [Annotator's Note: different than his previous experiences at Ole Miss...
Norman Riggsby remained in the hospital for several months while his wounds healed [Annotator’s Note: he had first been...
David Olson attended field artillery school at Fort Sill right after his graduation from college [Annotator’s Note: in...
Ed Rendelman’s first military assignment was in Scottsville, Illinois for a few days. He then went on to Fort Lewis,...
John Raaen attended West Point. His father was a career officer who graduated from the Military Academy on 1 November...
John Rogers was fighting on Christmas Day [Annotator's Note: 25 December 1944] during the Battle of the Bulge. They...
Joseph Medicine Crow somehow enjoyed war. This is despite some opinions that war is terrible. War allowed him to commit...

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