European Theater of Operations (ETO)

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At about 6:30 or 7:00 in the morning, Arthur Seltzer went over the side of the ship to enter his landing craft. He was...
James Crane was waiting for D-Day in the war zone. They knew it was coming but did not know when. They had departed New...
Jack Sanders took off unusually early on the day of the Normandy invasion [Annotator’s Note: 6 June 1944]. It was...
Clyde East and his wingman engaged four enemy fighters as they flew along a railroad they were assigned to observe. His...
For Bob Miksa [Annotator’s Note: Robert Miksa], D-Day was cold, damp and dark. H-hour was about 0630. Miksa and his...
Darold Rice remembers that the night of June 5th they heard the engines suddenly roar louder than they had ever heard...
David Roderick experienced a lot of shelling and artillery and snipers when he landed. D Day began at 6:30 in the...
Joseph Motil went to South Bren England for training. They also practiced going on lots of patrols. On the weekends...
David Roderick moved to the coast near Weymouth and was put into a marshalling yard. They were kept in secret. No one...
Wayne Pierce returned to his regiment and was placed in Company B. He went to the battalion commander who told him...
Olen Grant left the service when his operations had been completed. The army tried to get him stay in the service after...
There was cholera, dysentery and skin illnesses [Annotator's Note: inside the Auschwitz concentration camp]. Eva...
Francis J. Cook went over to Europe on the Queen Mary without escort because the ship was so fast it did not have to...
Richard Scheerer was sent to New York where he boarded a ship bound for England. They were escorted by the battleship...
On 8 April [Annotator's Note: 8 April 1944] they got a red flag in the area and they knew they were getting ready to go...
On 17 July 1944 Sidney LaPook and the 193rd Field Artillery Group left Kington for Southampton. On 21 July they took a...
During the trip overseas, Lewis Guidry and the other men aboard ship were only fed two meals per day. They traveled...
Norman Ikari’s request for a transfer to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team was granted, but he was busted down from...
Russell Hoff found the food horrible in the Bad Orb POW [Annotator's Note: prisoner of war] camp. The potatoes were...
James Livaudais knew when he was given an order, he had to respond. When the man in front stepped off, the next...
William Dabney and his fellow soldiers tried to enjoy themselves whenever they could. They would engage in activities...
Elmo Bell's 1st Battalion commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Alexander, was always worried about the business...
Vernon Alexander got into trouble prior to getting into combat. He had been practicing field stripping his machine gun...
When Harry Bell steamed into New York Harbor one of the first things he saw was the Statue of Liberty. When he saw it...
As Lieutenant John Marr was taken by boat to American positions across the Merderet River from Timmes' orchard [...
In late January or early February [Annotator’s Note: late January or early February 1945] the Battle of the Bulge ended...
Norman Ikari recalls Pearl Harbor very well. It was a Sunday morning and Ikari was sitting in his house in East Los...
Vernon Leopold arrived on the Belgium and German border at the village of Hünningen. They took over a farm house that...
Jack Sanders flew his first missions over Europe prior to 6 June [Annotator’s Note: 6 June 1944]. He flew his first...
Lowell Brueland's first combat mission in the Mustang was a piece of cake. He performed escort duty with a flight of...
Edward Tipper was a member of a military group that received a tremendous amount of recognition. He was 18 or 19 when...
Norman Ikari was born in Seattle, Washington on 17 February 1919. His parents were Japanese immigrants. Life was not...
Ed Rendelman was born in 1919 in Detroit, Michigan. His family moved to southern Illinois six weeks after he was born...
Harry C. Quinn, Jr. was born in 1925 near Brookhaven, Mississippi in Lincoln County. He grew up on a farm during the...

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