European Theater of Operations (ETO)

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At 0530 in the morning of 16 December 1944, they were shelled until daybreak then the German guns stopped. John M....
William Pena recalls the situation in the Ardennes before the Germans arrived, how they laid tripwires and mines. They...
Henry Freedman received an additional month of training in England prior to shipping out to France. He moved across...
Carrol Joy and two of his buddies took most of their equipment with them and loaded up their carbines to head to...
Tom Quigley remembers how one night before they blew the pillboxes, he and some other men were watching what they...
Arthur Seltzer was a participant in the Battle of the Bulge. The battle began in December 1944. It was cold and...
Julian Siebert and his outfit [Annotator's Note: Company F, 2nd Battalion, 328th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry...
Archie Maltbie found the flying in the Battle of the Bulge to be some of the toughest work of his fighter career....
Vernon Leopold saw the evidence of German activity in his sector when he went on patrol. Seeing boot prints or other...
[Annotator's Note: Francis Hurd served as a truck driver in Company B, 291st Engineer Combat Battalion. He saw action...
Byron Othello Wilkins experienced the artillery barrage around 5:30 in the morning [Annotators Note: on the morning of...
[Annotators Note: Wesley Trindal served in the US Army as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry...
The Hurtgen Forest was a real forest. Raymond VanDuzer does not recall there being snow. When they were shelled things...
John Caponigro feels that the personnel who take part in war are the best human beings you can be with. There is...
[Annotator's Note: Segment begins with Sacks and the interviewer discussing the interviewee referring to his notes...
Donald Bryan took off on 140 missions but only completed 138 of them. The bombers aborted on two of them because of...
Bernard Friedenberg had his basic training at Fort Hancock. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he was working with his...
Charles Moore was born in Washington, D.C. on 14 May 1919. Growing up with five siblings, Moore had a twin sister....
John Howland had taken flight courses and was ready to join the Air Force but was restricted from becoming a pilot...
Edward Tipper enlisted in the Army. All paratroopers enlisted. None were drafted. He wanted to join the paratroopers...
Richard Boyd was born in November 1924 and grew up in York, Pennsylvania. During World War 2 he served in Company B,...
Archie Maltbie was called up by the air force in January 1943. After going through the selection school in order to...
When Jack Sanders decided to enlist, he knew nothing about air operations let alone how hard it was to get into the air...
Lowell Brueland had a normal flight training. He graduated in September 1942 and was assigned to the 20th Fighter...
They had never seen rockets before they were attacked with them one day. A rocket hit Vincent Pale's B-24 [Annotator's...
Harry Bell and the rest of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 422nd Infantry Regiment [Annotator's Note: 106th Infantry Division...
As the situation unraveled for 1st Battalion, 422nd Infantry Regiment, German tanks cut off the battalion's position...
Russell Hoff and his regiment [Annotator's Note: 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division] surrendered during...
The Germans took the weapons away from the wounded American infantrymen Raymond VanDuzer was treating. A day or so...
Wallace Jeffery entered service after receipt of his draft notice. He signed up at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. [...
John Raaen saw the focus at the US Military Academy change after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It became obvious...
Barbara Pathe was disappointed that she missed the Normandy Invasion. She was sent by train to Brooklyn, New York where...
John A. McCarthy was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His family moved to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. He was...
Joseph Brannan was sent on a train to San Diego, California for boot camp after he enlisted in the United States Navy....
Robert Curl entered the Navy never having been very far from home. It was to be a different experience for him. He...

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