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Richard Nummer entered service in November 1943 at 17 years old. He went to San Diego for boot camp. That was his first...
Kenneth Killilea received his Marine Corps boot camp training at Parris Island. The moment he stepped off the bus upon...
Benjamin Carson was born in February 1923 on a farm in Ottawa Township, Minnesota. Shortly afterward, his family moved...
Thomas Edward Pugh was sent to the Marine Recruit Depot for boot camp in San Diego, California. He was woken up early...
Forrest Villarrubia volunteered for the Marines the day after his high school graduation. His mother would not sign for...
Harry McKnight learned how to follow orders in boot camp. It helped him in battle. He was in good shape because he was...
James L. Wheeler was born in Los Angeles, California, in February 1926. His father was a dairy man, and his mother was...
At the time of Edwin Joseph Borne, Jr. 's enlistment [Annotator's Note: in the United States Marine Corps in December...
Oscar Culp was born in May 1925 in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a young African-American, he saw some of the biases...
Ralph C. Franklin did not pass his first physical for the Marine Corps because he was underweight. He ate bananas and...
Despite his father's initial objection, William Hall was excited to be activated as a Marine. Hall was sent to San...
Thomas Joseph Lemme teamed up with a fellow named John Prentice Brown [Annotator's Note: Lemme was drafted into the...
Salvatore Famularo does not know why he picked the Marine Corps. He thought he was an athletic kid. He had street sense...
Jean "Marian" Alva Yancey Landry first went to the Marine recruiter to merely find out what was involved with becoming...
Henry L Baul was born in December 1922 in Fitzgerald, Georgia. His family moved to Florida when Baul was young. His...
Jacklyn Lucas's uncle had been a Marine. He finished his eighth grade of school in June 1942. He overwhelmed his mother...
Melvin C. Whitman did his basic training in San Diego [Annotator's Note: Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San...
Francis John "Dick" Varone enlisted in the Marine Corps by himself. He waited until he received orders to report to...
Anthony Costa was born in Concord, California in January 1920. At the time, Concord was a small farm town. His father...
Joseph Mittelsdorf thought the Marine Corps was intense. They taught everyone learn how to follow orders. The training...
Thinking he would ship out the next day, Frank Campisano took the family car to be sworn into the Navy. But when he...
Louis R. Lepore joined the Marine Corps in September 1942 and retired in May 1971 after 29 years of service. Lepore...
Jack Skaggs joined the Oklahoma National Guard when he was 15 years old. He was in Headquarters Battery, 70th Field...
Theodore Marolda enlisted for four years in the Marine Corps. He went to Parris Island [Annotator's Note: Marine Corps...
Adolph Wilson arrived in San Diego for Marine training after three days of travel on a train from New Orleans. The men...
In boot camp, George Vincent Ross was initially treated as a low-life by the DI [Annotator's Note: drill instructor]....
[Annotator's Note: The interview starts with Martin Banyas mid-sentence talking about being drafted.] Banyas learned...
Bill Toledo was sent to San Diego [Annotator's Note: San Diego, California] for boot camp. He was able to keep up with...
In 1940, David Heath graduated high school and went to work on a farm. Later that year, he joined the Marines [...
Leon Williamson grew up in Tecumseh, Michigan. He attended school in the town, then went to Michigan State College [...
Henry Bourgeois was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He first flew when he was about seven years old. After...
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Edward Bale was sent to Philadelphia to the Marine Corps basic officer's course and...
James J. Hill took all the Marine courses with no problem [Annotator's Note: during Marine Corps boot camp in late 1941...
Mac Glenn Morris flew for the first time in the backseat of a Stearman [Annotator's Note: Boeing-Stearman Model 75...
Archibald Rackerby was assigned to the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion. Colonel Liversedge [Annotator's Note: later US...
Robert Addison joined the United States Marine Corps on 7 January 1942. He spent three weeks at Parris Island and then...

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