Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)

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William Blanckenburg was met by a lieutenant colonel who knew that Blanckenburg was married and was an older fellow....
Harley Reynolds served with the 1st Infantry Division from the time that he went in. He was in the 16th Infantry...
Richard Field and the other men of 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion had to buy scarves and jackets from the armored...
Being in charge of other people helped give Raymond Wells focus during combat, not leaving any time to be afraid. Wells...
Roger Shaw returned to the SS after his leave in New Orleans, Louisiana. The was his original ship. It voyaged to...
Tokuji Yoshihashi was drafted and went to Camp Blanding, Florida for 17 weeks of basic training. He was trained on...
During the Battle of the Bulge, glider infantryman Clinton Riddle rode into battle on a tank during the American...
Roger Shaw was born in New Orleans in 1921. He grew up and was educated in New Orleans. After graduating high school,...
Charles Coolidge was born in August 1921 on Signal Mountain, Tennessee where his family spent the summer months. The...
Joseph Hairston ended up going to artillery school. The rest of the Army was segregated, however, OCS [Annotator's Note...
Richard J. Field was born and raised in Upstate New York in the small town of Liberty. He lived on the outskirts of...
Tokuji Yoshihashi was born in January 1923 in Pasadena, California. He was one of five children. Times were tough for...
After being wounded by a mortar round Rothacker Smith, his sergeant and another soldier wounded during the German...
Frank Mancuso crossed the Volturno River prior to Monte Cassino. His unit gathered in a courtyard to refuel their...
Harley Reynolds remembers the air filling with bullets. About 20 or 30 yards in, Reynolds made it to an obstacle called...
Rothacker Smith attended North High School in Detroit, Michigan after his family moved back to the city from the...
Charles Coolidge left Camp Edwards near Boston to go to New York before going overseas. He was at sea for 13 days then...
Raymond Wells was moved to another hospital. While there his wisdom teeth were taken out and he contracted malaria...
Gerard Halpern was serving with the XVth Corps when the war ended. He was stationed in the town of Chantilly right...
Rothacker Smith's family moved into his grandfather's house in Detroit before the Great Depression. There, Smith and...
Despite his excitement at being liberated from German custody, Rothacker Smith knew he was to return to a racist and...
Rothacker Smith served as a medic in the Army in Italy during World War 2 where he was wounded and later captured by...
Frank Mancuso was born and raised in the 9th ward of New Orleans and attended C.J. Colton High School. His father died...
Raymond Wells was born in Eagle, Colorado in April 1922. He was living in Secora, New Mexico and remembers the day the...
For Frank Mancuso, the war took away four years of his youth and there were many things he did not get a chance to do....
Harley Reynolds’s company came across some German collaborators who had killed themselves once they realized the...

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