China Burma India Theater (CBI)

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John Hever noted that when they got to Seattle, Washington, there was no parade. The returning soldiers and sailors...
Masaji Inoshita asked for early retirement [Annotator's Note: early release from the Army]. He was told that he was...
The next day after a good sleep, the Herbert Gross and his shipmate left the village at dawn [Annotator's Note: after...
Gate Tate knew he would be drafted so he volunteered in order to be able to select the branch that he would serve in....
Alvin Callender went from second lieutenant to captain, and was appointed Operations Officer of the 308th Squadron [...
Perry Garten flew a security mission with a colonel that ended up in China. It was an unexpected experience for Garten...
Brooks was born on 30 October of 1919 in Greeneville, Tennessee. He recalls his childhood during the Great Depression....
Sherman was born and raised near Toledo, Ohio. He attended school in Toledo. He was fortunate enough to take classes at...
Henderson begins the interview stating that he wouldn't be there if not for the actions of B-24 crewman.Henderson's...
Esther McNeil grew up on a farm in western Pennsylvania. She was the sixth of eight children.After going into nursing...
William Disanza was born on 120th Street in Manhattan and grew up in the Bronx. In 1950 he got married and moved to New...
Ralph Crump [Annotators Note: For the first 22:26 of this interview the interviewer and interviewee chat about family...
Richard Cole was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1915. After graduating from high school he went to work on a farm for 75...
1 morning the prisoners were called out. They were usually called out every morning so the Japanese could do a head...
Any little thing William Disanza could do to help the natives he did. They loved it as well. It was American ingenuity...
Crump got to Panteloria and was alongside the dock. All of the German prisoners of war did the work. They were younger...
In the hospital they were treated very nice and given so much food that they couldn't eat it all. There was also...
When William Disanza had to urinate he would take a knife and dig a small hole to urinate in. Disanza always noted that...
Within hours any ship passing the destroyer escorts loaded with prisoners would receive prisoners from those destroyer...
Brooks was just past 20 years old when he first entered the Navy. When he came back home it was like coming back to...
William Disanza worked in the office for Falcon Buick. His job was to be the follow up guy. He would contact the...
One of Crump’s friends was on watch on a ship that was torpedoed. Crump’s convoy had about 35 percent casualties. The...
William Disanza's business lasted over 30 years. The war did not change Disanza drastically. He was in the Civilian...
Crump was lucky making the transition from military to civilian life. He had worked in the shipyards prior to military...
William Disanza is not positive about everything but he thinks the Great Depression could never repeat itself. Disanza...
They made several convoy trips to Port Darwin on the northern coast of Australia. The Japanese moved closer to their...
Instead of heading into the mountains, the Chinese man took them to Canton. They spent several days in Canton. After...
Henderson flew as a tail gunner on a B-17 [Annotator’s Note: American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber] until his last...
McNeil reported to Fort Belvoir [Annotator's Note: Fort Belvoir, Virginia] but that was too close to Washington D.C....
William Disanza refused an order one time. They asked them to knock off a group of Japs. They always scouted ahead to...
Crump was only aware that the Depression was a tragedy. Times were hard. Crump’s dad was unemployed half of the time....
On the trip from Pendleton to Columbia [Annotators Note: Oregon to South Carolina in December 1941] Richard Cole was...
On the evening of 28 February [Annotator's Note: 28 February 1942] they left the area they had been fighting in and...
Going overseas was quite the adventure for Sherman. Sherman stopped at numerous points throughout the war. He was a...
They got to the target [Annotator’s Note: Bridge on the River Kwai] at 9:00 in the morning and no other aircraft were...
McNeil went into the service on the 5th of February 1943. Her first posting was to Davis Martin Field and Air Force...

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