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Harold Whitaker went back to March Air Force Base [Annotator's Note: when he returned to the United States in December...
Walter Broll became more cautious as a result of his experience at Bari, Italy with the German bomber attack on Allied...
Roger Shaw returned to the SS George Gayle after his leave in New Orleans, Louisiana. The was his original ship. It...
Roger Shaw was born in New Orleans in 1921. He grew up and was educated in New Orleans. After graduating high school,...
Walter Broll benefited by the war because it made him an alert man instead of the 18 year old minor he was when he...
When David Yoho went through boot camp, it was great except for his troubled background. He kept getting into trouble...
James Crane was waiting for D-Day in the war zone. They knew it was coming but did not know when. They had departed New...
Walter Broll was born in 1925 in Baltimore, Maryland. He grew up and was educated in Baltimore. During the Great...
David Yoho was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August 1928 and grew up in the inner city. He had two sisters....
James Melvin Crane was born in Conehatta, Mississippi in Newton County. At 15 pounds, he was the largest baby boy in...
[Annotator's Note: Interview begins with the interviewer introducing himself.] Harold Whitaker was born in Henrietta,...
Walter Broll and the Grace Abbott left Bari, Italy and headed for the ocean. Broll and the deck crew secured the...
Roger Shaw boarded another ship after his assignment as captain of the Army transport. The ship had a radio operator...
James Crane experienced a great change in the Merchant Marine. He was concerned about making the first convoy, but he...
Roger Shaw wanted to ship out on a vessel that traversed the Mississippi River frequently. This would better enable him...
David Yoho had his first voyage on a tanker shakedown trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia. After the shakedown, the ship went...
Roger Shaw made a big mistake in his first opportunity as a ship's captain. He was assigned to an Army transport and...
By the time Harold Whitaker made his first voyage carrying grain to North Africa the war in Europe was over so there...
Walter Broll saw the raid on Bari, Italy start at about 7:30 at night while the Grace Abbott's cargo was being...
Walter Broll sailed north of Iceland on his first convoy. The ship zig-zagged over the course of the voyage. He did...
After high school, Harold Whitaker was bumming around and getting trouble until his mother and a family friend...
Harold Whitaker and a few friends went up to San Francisco in the summer of 1945 and joined the Merchant Marine. They...
As a 13 year old, David Yoho did not have friends of draft age. He did keep company with older boys and took on a tough...
Walter Broll passed through the station [Annotator's Note: the Merchant Marine training station at Sheepshead Bay in...
Roger Shaw arrived in Bahia, Brazil aboard the SS George Gayle. He had met some associates previously in Bahia, but he...
James Crane’s brother was taken prisoner by the Germans [Annotator’s Note: after being shot down over the Ploesti...
James Crane got into the Merchant Marine because Roosevelt [Annotator’s Note: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and...
In addition to making him more alert, the war also improved Walter Broll's outlook on life. In meeting a former Me-109...
David Yoho remembers the huge fleet off Okinawa and the explosion of an ammunition ship. It had been attacked by a...
Roger Shaw decided to be a doctor after his service because he wanted more education. He quickly finished his...
Walter Broll and his ship the Grace Abbott were in the harbor of Bari, Italy for two weeks before the attack took place...
Roger Shaw was changed by World War 2. The war changed the world. Shaw had never been on a boat before, and that was a...
David Yoho was on a fleet oiler in World War 2. The ship took on fuel sometimes from a fuel barge in order to refuel...
James Crane would repeat his service in World War II if called upon. The country has been very good to him and his...
Harold Whitaker does not believe that the story of the veterans of World War 2 has not really been told. He also...
Walter Broll and the Grace Abbott left Bari the day after the attack. It appeared that the Abbott may have been the...

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