European Theater of Operations (ETO)

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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...
Leonard Lomell served with Company D, 2nd Ranger Battalion, United States Army. That Rangers were volunteers and aimed...
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...
Jack Madden took his basic training for the United States Navy in Newport, Rhode Island. He originally signed up to...
William Leo Spaetgens enlisted in the United States Navy [Annotator's Note: on 22 October 1942]. His parents did not...
John H. Price, Jr. was with the 609th Tank Destroyer Battalion throughout World War 2. He started at Camp Shelby then...
Howard Genrich qualified for ASTP [Annotator's Note: Army Specialized Training Program] training. Before ASTP, Genrich...
Cleston Stell was born in Alvarado, Texas in 1926. The family moved to Fort Worth when he was young. During the 1930s,...
Robert Huber read Mein Kampf in high school. It was his first introduction to Hitler [Annotator's Note: German Dictator...
John Poole was born in Mercy, Texas in 1923. The Great Depression represented hard times for Poole. His father had a...
Frank Maresca started his basic training in January [Annotator's Note: January 1944]. He was first sent to Fort Dix for...
Francis J. Cook was born in August 1924 and grew up in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. His father was a barber and Cook...
Julian Siebert was drafted in May 1942. The next year was very long. He had his basic training in Camp Hood in Texas....
Elmer Knudsen was born in February 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Camden, New Jersey. He had a...
Wilson Shoughrue, Jr. was born Springfield, Massachusetts in September 1925. His parents separated when he was seven...
Norman Riggsby was drafted. He then went to an examination. Afterward, he went to a reception center in Michigan. From...
Abe Milkis was called up soon after finishing high school. After being drafted, he found himself on bivouac in a tent...
Joseph Medicine Crow was 98 years old at the time of the interview. His Crow Indian Tribal name was High Bird but the...
Gerald Vernon Leopold, known as Gerald V. Leopold in the Army, was born in Frankfurt, Germany in August 1923. When he...
Peter Harry was born in May 1924. He had two brothers in the service during the war. His father worked for a sink...
Frank Fontana took his basic training in Camp Barkeley in Texas. It was miserable, desolate country. The training...
Lewis Guidry had difficulty leaving his wife and son when he entered military service. He had moved them in with her...
John Singlaub enlisted in the US Army Artillery because he wanted the experience to supplement his infantry skills....
Russell Hoff was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in October 1924. After a year, the family moved to Willow Grove,...
After induction into the Army, Norris Waddill went to Camp Crowder, Missouri for his basic training. Basic training was...

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