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George Colburn had never been away from home until arriving at Parris Island [Annotator's Note: Marine Corps Recruit...
Marine Corps boot camp was not bad for Ed Weber. They needed bodies then, so it was not that bad. Today, boot camp is...
Boot camp was entirely foreign to Cyril de la Vergne. She had never seen so many dumb women in her life. They did not...
Jimmie Dyer entered the service in March 1944 after making a deal with his mother to finish high school. He was sworn...
The training Marines receive is to make sure that they are always ready. After boot camp, Keith Renstrom went into...
Bill Toledo saw his first combat on 1 November 1943. He landed on the island of Bougainville [Annotator's Note:...
Benjamin Carson assessed the battle for Bougainville to be unique in the sense that the intent was not to capture the...
John Mikus, Jr. left from Vella Lavella [Annotator's Note: Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands] on Higgins boats [Annotator'...
Robert Powers never saw his comrade who was captured again. He knew that if he were captured he would be killed. If...
On 1 December 1943, they [Annotator's Note: Dave Severance and the rest of the 3rd Marine Parachute Battalion] attacked...
James Salerno cannot remember a lot of things that happened during the war. He does remember that there was a lot of...
Adolph Wilson fought through some of the worse jungles on Bougainville. It had everything imaginable. It rained every...
Claude Shannahan joined the 3rd Marines [Annotator's Note: 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division]. He went with the...
William Pierce tells the story of his duty on Guam while he was training for the invasion of the Japanese home islands...
George Mitchell feels he was in an outfit that had always denied them being a part of it, the Marine Corps. He feels he...
Bernice Trotter was assigned to Camp Pendleton [Annotator's Note: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County...
Roy Stewart went to Camp Pendleton [Annotator's Note: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California...
Thomas J. Smith, Junior was at Camp Pendleton [Annotator's Note: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County,...
Benjamin Carson returned to Kwajalein with other Raiders and with Louis Zamperini [Annotator's Note: Louis S. Zamperini...
[Annotator's Note: Arthur Jackson served in the US Marine Corps as an automatic rifleman in Company I, 3rd Battalion,...
Recalling his experiences on Cape Gloucester, Joe Clapper said the combat portion was very light. It was the easiest...
When James Wilson left Australia, they [Annotator's Note: Company G, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine...
Cape Gloucester was a rough campaign for Arthur Pendelton. They captured prisoners. Some of the fellas that had lost...
Joe Clapper's unit [Annotator's Note: Company K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division] landed on...
Frank H. O'Leary and his unit [Annotator's Note: Company H, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division]...
Edgar Harrell was assigned to the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) [Annotator's Note: sometimes referred to as "Indy"] serving...
While in captivity, Walter Bowsher received few Red Cross packages, and, of those he received, some of them were...
That same day, Robert Powers [Annotator's Note: Powers asks for the helmet he wore the day he was shot] was on top of...
Lloyd Dendy and another man were on the side of a bomb crater and got blown out of their foxhole. They both vibrated...
[Annotator's Note: Michael Mervosh served in the USMC in Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine...
Frank Pantuso's outfit [Annotator's Note: 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division] was assigned to support...
Thomas Francis Schicker and his outfit [Annotator's Note: Company H, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine...
James Wilson left Peleliu [Annotator's Note: after the Battle of Peleliu, September to November 1944, Peleliu, Palau]...
William Cart completed V-7 [Annotator’s Note: V-7 US Navy College Training Program, 1940 to 1945] school and chose the...
Walter Bowsher made two separate cemeteries because he had to bury Russians. [Annotator's Note: Bowsher was assigned to...
Elroy Gambino was born in March 1925 in the Irish Channel [Annotator's Note: in New Orleans, Louisiana]. He grew up in...

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