Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)

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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...
Albert Porche was born in Houma, Louisiana in 1922. He has spent his life in Houma except for during the war. Life in...
Rothacker Smith served as a medic in the Army in Italy during World War 2 where he was wounded and later captured by...
Walter Broll was born in 1925 in Baltimore, Maryland. He grew up and was educated in Baltimore. During the Great...
William Leo Spaetgens was born on a farm in Roberts Cove near Crowley, Louisiana in 1922. He had eight siblings but one...
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...
Avon is 60 miles south of Mitchell, South Dakota. George McGovern spent the first three years of his life in Avon. He...
Albert Porche went into the service after Pearl Harbor was attacked. The armed forces were trying to recruit as many...
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....
During the war, T. Moffatt Burriss encountered an individual nicknamed Eight Ball. Burriss first encountered him in...
Harley Reynolds’s company came across some German collaborators who had killed themselves once they realized the...
Walter Broll and the Grace Abbott left Bari, Italy and headed for the ocean. Broll and the deck crew secured the...
William Leo Spaetgens was pulled out of the Navy Armed Guard in January 1945. Many men were removed from that service...
Clinton E. Riddle was born in Loudon County, Tennessee in February 1921. He was the only child in his family and grew...
Harley Reynolds remembers artillery fire coming in from one of the supporting ships out at sea. The shells came just...
Harley Reynolds notes that today everything is different from what they were doing. Reynolds notes that they had to do...
Harley Reynolds was one of the first people under fire during the invasion of North Africa. Reynolds saw fighting on...
Harley Reynolds notes that a few of the wounded men were dragging behind. They made it to the trench area. They had men...
Four or five days after 5 April [Annotators Note: 5 April 1945] Tokuji Yoshihashi’s company [Annotators Note: Company A...
Before the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division moved out to make an assault on the formidable...
Roger Shaw boarded another ship after his assignment as captain of the army transport. The ship had a radio operator...
It gradually sunk in to Rothacker Smith that he was a prisoner of war as he believed for the first couple of days in...
Rothacker Smith's first interrogation was not bad. At the second stop of their march, Smith and his fellow prisoners...
Roger Shaw wanted to ship out on a vessel that traversed the Mississippi River frequently. This would better enable him...
En route to their first German prison camp, Rothacker Smith and his fellow prisoners never discussed the possibility of...
Roger Shaw made a big mistake in his first opportunity as a ship’s captain. He was assigned to an army transport and...
Joseph Hairston ended up at a camp 100 miles south of Tucson [Annotator's Note: Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona...

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