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Henry George Joffray was born in March 1926. He grew up in Bellville, Illinois near St. Louis. He graduated from high...
Erik Johnsen was a Cadet in the US Merchant Marine on the SS Dolly Madison. The major missions of the ship were...
James Crane’s brother was taken prisoner by the Germans [Annotator’s Note: after being shot down over the Ploesti...
Erik Johnsen's training in the US Merchant Marine at Henderson Point, Mississippi was very similar to that of a raw...
James Crane got into the Merchant Marine because Roosevelt [Annotator’s Note: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and...
Erik Johnsen served in the US Merchant Marine on the SS Dolly Madison. He doesn't recall the cargo on his first trip...
William B. Hughes was in Wiesbaden during the occupation [Annotator's Note: Hughes was in Germany serving in the United...
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...
William B. Hughes drove trucks after the war. He was proud of his safe driving record. His brother was in the Battle of...
Following his graduation from Kings Point [Annotator's Note: the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York],...
Roger Shaw decided to be a doctor after his service because he wanted more education. He quickly finished his...
John DuBose had eight months of back pay when he departed the SS Frenchtown. He was concerned that he would be robbed...
Walter Broll and his ship the Grace Abbott were in the harbor of Bari, Italy for two weeks before the attack took place...
Erik Johnsen was in school at Tulane, University in New Orleans, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He feels this...
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...
Erik Johnsen served in the US Merchant Marine during World War 2. As a result of the war, his father realized his dream...
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...
Roger Shaw returned to the United States by way of Northern Ireland. The SS George Gayle sailed alone before reaching...
Roger Shaw was 22 years old when he returned to the United States. When he got back to the United States, he went up...
Woods and the interviewer discuss the format for the interview.Edward Thomas Woods was born in 1927 in Manhattan, New...
Ralph Crump [Annotators Note: For the first 22:26 of this interview the interviewer and interviewee chat about family...
Crump got to Panteloria and was alongside the dock. All of the German prisoners of war did the work. They were younger...
Within hours any ship passing the destroyer escorts loaded with prisoners would receive prisoners from those destroyer...
One of Crump’s friends was on watch on a ship that was torpedoed. Crump’s convoy had about 35 percent casualties. The...
Crump was lucky making the transition from military to civilian life. He had worked in the shipyards prior to military...
Woods did well in school. He could have gone on to any of the advanced training schools but he volunteered to go out as...
Crump was only aware that the Depression was a tragedy. Times were hard. Crump’s dad was unemployed half of the time....
When Woods would go into Times Square young servicemen would give them trouble about why they weren't in the service....
All of the Catholic school teachers were nuns. They were not married. High school teachers in Iowa were required to be...
Of all the ports Woods visited he liked Panama the best because it was like being back at home. There was a good...
Crump had enrolled as a draftsman in the local aircraft plant but in the meantime several of the shipyards had posted...
Woods was a wiper in the engine room. There were 15 wipers aboard large ships. The wipers reported to the 1st Mate....

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