European Theater of Operations (ETO)

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Francis Dymnicki attempted to become a pilot in the Air Force. Half of his friends wanted to do the same. Dymnicki was...
Frank Bostwick joined the ROTC [Annotator's Note: Reserve Officer Training Corps] for three years while he was in high...
Robert Swift was drafted. He received his draft notice before he turned 18. He was a medic in the 71st Division [...
Antoinette Underwood signed up for the Army a day or two after Pearl Harbor. She had to go to West Point for an...
Opal Grapes joined the Army and reported for duty at Foster General Hospital in Temple, Texas. She underwent training...
Josephine Reeves was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 1919. Growing up, Reeves attended the West Catholic...
Richard Scheerer was on the streets of Little Rock when he learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was...
Donelson Houseman was born in Dallas, Texas in 1923 and grew up there. After graduating high school, he began classes...
Norman Riggsby remained in the hospital for several months while his wounds healed [Annotator’s Note: he had first been...
David Olson attended field artillery school at Fort Sill right after his graduation from college [Annotator’s Note: in...
Ed Rendelman’s first military assignment was in Scottsville, Illinois for a few days. He then went on to Fort Lewis,...
John Raaen attended West Point. His father was a career officer who graduated from the Military Academy on 1 November...
Joseph Medicine Crow somehow enjoyed war. This is despite some opinions that war is terrible. War allowed him to commit...
Richard J. Field was born and raised in Upstate New York in the small town of Liberty. He lived on the outskirts of...
Joseph Yourkavitch was born in October 1925. He served in Company C, 1st Battalion, 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th...
Herbert Weatherwax was drafted into the military when he was 24 years old. He had a problem with alcohol while he was...
John M. Roberts began to look for the wounded men in the group ahead of his but could not find them. They started to...
In February [Annotator's Note: 5 February 1945], Daniel Farley and the rest of the 5th Ranger Battalion got word to...
Joseph Yourkavitch was captured on 16 December [Annotator's Note: 16 December 1944]. It had started out as a normal day...
Enrique Cervantes was the PX [Annotator's Note: post exchange] officer for Lowry Airbase in Denver, Colorado. There...
Walter Broll benefited by the war because it made him an alert man instead of the 18 year old minor he was when he...
Raymond VanDuzer was inducted into the service then sent to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He was not sure what he wanted...
At Wendover, there was a base regulation stating that there was never to be any ammunition present in an aircraft until...
John Witmeyer harbored an intense anger toward German soldiers. He punched German prisoners in the face, ran bayonets...
Eva Schloss's family's hiding was different. They didn't have an office in Amsterdam that depended on Christian people...
Peter Harry has bad dreams about the war. He goes to meetings and they talk about the Battle of the Bulge and that...
James Siracuse was waiting to board the plane [Annotator's Note: for his 22nd mission]. One of his gunners said that he...
[Annotator's Note: Eva Schloss is an Austrian born Jew who fled to Amsterdam with her family after the Nazis came to...
Monty Joe Boitnott was wounded when he was bringing supplies on a mule and a mortar shell hit the path. The mule went...
During the second day of combat, John Caponigro went into the same area [Annotator's Note: near Saarbrucken]. This time...
Frank Mancuso crossed the Volturno River prior to Monte Cassino. His unit gathered in a courtyard to refuel their...
John Witmeyer was first wounded in early July of 1944, just a month after the invasion of Normandy began. He went out...
Robert Kelso's unit had pulled up near a railroad track and dug in. He had heard that some of the guys went to a...
Byron Othello Wilkins was given an automatic rifle after they cleared the foxholes on the hill. All the men had M1...
It was difficult for Eva Schloss and her family to find safe houses. Not many people wanted to take the risks anymore....

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