China Burma India Theater (CBI)

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Grant Jiro Hirabayashi reunited with his parents in Minnesota where they had relocated after they were released from...
Samuel Spector recalled hearing of the war in Europe ending and the atomic bombs being dropped. He was in Burma when he...
Gary Tate had the opportunity to work with the brother of General Claire Chennault while both of them served in their...
After the war, Revis Haslett and his dad bought a grocery store but he wished he had gone to school instead. The store...
Joel Varner had no desire to stay in the Army Air Forces. He wanted an education. He went right back to college. He got...
After the war was over, John Hever was sent into Shanghai, China. He said he went into the city a couple of times and...
When Alvin Callender returned to the United States, he was sent to Goodfellow Field at San Angelo, Texas to train...
Joseph Silvia thought the caste system in India was odd. The Americans lived like kings compared to the British there....
Elmo Espree was impressed with the huge size of the first camp he trained at. Customarily, the service facilities are...
Joel Varner was born in October 1923 in Senatobia, Mississippi. He attended high school and junior college there. He...
[Annotator's Notes: There is a brief conversation before the interview officially begins.] Robert H. "Bob" Harris was...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer explains things to the interviewee for the first 30 seconds of tape.] Grant Jiro...
John Symons was born in Calumet, Michigan in July 1915. He graduated from Calumet High School. He moved to Detroit [...
Joseph Silvia was born in April 1922 in Newport, Rhode Island. He was exposed to the military at age 12, by a soldier...
Robert Liles made captain in 1942. In 1943 he was given command of the 16th Fighter Squadron. Before taking over the...
During another incident experienced by Elmo Espree in a Bombay restaurant, a British, an American and a South African...
Berle Wheeler was company clerk in his outfit [Annotator's Note: 967th Engineer Maintenance Company] when it arrived at...
Gus Gikas landed in the United States in New York City, New York when he returned from India. From there, he went to...
On his return to the United States, Frederick Moore and another guy traveled through Saudi Arabia and Khartoum to Accra...
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 7 December 1941]...
Samuel Spector's most memorable experience of World War 2 was growing up from 18 to 20 years of age. His expectations...
Asked how the war changed his life, Edward Denzler said it made him realize that what he had at home was like nothing...
Cleveland Peterson's most memorable experience was being close to Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. During the...
The war changed Revis Haslett but it is hard to predict what he would have done without that experience. He grew up in...
George Rudloff felt like the Japanese had to be killed. The atrocities committed by the Japanese military were very bad...
After he was discharged from the Army, Roy Uthes did not take advantage of the GI Bill. He and his wife lived with his...
Rather than being discharged, Frederick Moore said, officers are released from active duty. One of his most memorable...
One of the most memorable events that happen to Robert H. "Bob" Harris was when his friend died in the plane he was...
Masaji Inoshita asked the man [Annotator's Note: the man who helped Inoshita's family when they were being interned]...
Gus Gikas and two other men swam about a mile from the sinking HMT Rhona to the Pioneer [Annotator's Note: USS Pioneer...
The bases where Alvin Calendar served were often under attack by the enemy. He spent many a night in an air raid...
Herbert Gross and his surviving fellow Vitamin P [Annotator's Note: Vitamin P was the name of the Consolidated B-24...
Samuel Spector returned home from Burma by troopship. From Myitkyina, Spector went to Calcutta, India and shipped out...
Cleveland Peterson made the trip home aboard a Liberty ship. He had flown to Calcutta first, then rode a British train...
In November 1945, George Rudloff left India to return to the United States via troopship. He travelled to Bombay, India...
Returning to the United States on a Liberty ship [Annotator's Note: a class of quickly produced cargo ship], Richard...

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