European Theater of Operations (ETO)

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During the war, rationing was a way of life in England, according to Constance Cresswell. Each person was allotted two...
William King never experienced any discrimination while in the service. He never thought about it. He wrote home...
Kenneth F. Thomas's unit [Annotator's Note: Company C, 322nd Medical Battalion, 97th Infantry Division] was sent to...
[Annotator's Note: Leon Schafer was aboard USS LST-502 for the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France on 6 June 1944.] What...
John Stanley Lee Swarts and his crew would be briefed the day before and the morning of a mission. They would go over...
Mario DeCarlo recalls electrocuting himself when he attempted to install a light bulb in his pup tent one night. He...
The housing at Henry Sherman Fouts' base was very primitive. He slept on a canvas cot and had only a couple of blankets...
Around the time of the Battle of the Bulge [Annotator's Note: Battle of the Bulge or German Ardennes Counter Offensive...
Lloyd Geist recalls that during the Battle of Saint-Lo [Annotator's Note: Saint-Lô, France] he was sitting in his...
Joseph Motil put the charge right against the door so it blew it in. There was a flame thrower operator with their unit...
[Annotator's Note: Robert L. Williams is a World War 2 veteran of the 101st Airborne Division and jumped into Normandy...
[Annotator's Note: Clarence Herbert Weatherwax served in the Army as a communications specialist in Headquarters...
For Vernon Leopold, being from a Jewish background was unpleasant in Germany as there had been latent anti-Semitism...
Peter Hirschmann and his Jewish family were an accepted part of the German population prior to Hitler's [Annotator's...
Bernard Baker went to Anzio [Annotator's Note: Anzio, Italy] and remained there for about three weeks. It was a...
Floyd Dumas believes that they could have taken Rome if they had not been stopped. They were ordered to dig in and...
Monty Joe Boitnott was on tour [Annotators Note: on an overseas tour of duty] for 16 months. The only member of...
After getting the alert prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor that Hawaii may be invaded by sea, Clarence Herbert...
Byron Othello Wilkins was put on the front line again with his company. The sleeping holes were dug into the walls near...
John Rogers' unit [Annotator's Note: Company E, 2nd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division] was...
After enlisting in the Army Air Corps, Frank Dolsen was sent to Jefferson Barrack in St. Louis, Missouri [Annotator's...
Alfred Pierse Murphy and his brother were sent to Maxwell Field [Annotator's Note: now Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base...
[Annotator's Note: John Paul enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1942 and was called to active duty in February 1943.]...
[Annotator's Note: There is a loud hissing noise throughout this clip.] In headquarters [Annotator's Note: Headquarters...
Leon Bass voluntarily entered the military. He was in a movie theater when he heard about Pearl Harbor [Annotator's...
Robert Max transferred to Ohio University for his sophomore year of college because the commute was easier and the...
Stanley Jack Birnbaum fought the war that was considered a "popular war" because it was necessary. He was a tall,...
The location Gordon Higgins was sent for occupation duty was at Dachau, near Munich, Germany. There were 10,000 German...
James "Jim" Geisler was born and raised in Pittsburgh [Annotator's Note: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]. He was 18 years old...
Leo Terrebonne was sent to Fort Crockett near Galveston, Texas for seven weeks of basic training, after which he was a...
Bob Miksa [Annotator’s Note: Robert Miksa] was inducted into the service at Camp Grant, Illinois then sent to Camp...
Robert Harvey Heinly reported to New Cumberland, Pennsylvania on 13 March [Annotator's Note: 13 March 1943]. Once there...
Cecil K. Bell was sent to Fort Sill [Annotator's Note: in Lawton, Oklahoma] for his basic training and then to Camp...
John M. Roberts grew up wanting to go to school with his older brother so his mother lied to get him in. He caught up...
William E. Byrnes took a train to Camp Wolters [Annotator's Note: in Mineral Wells, Texas] and it took forever. There...

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