Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)

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Lawrence Yatsu went to Naples then continued on to Milan. Yatsu does not recall much of his first night in combat. The...
Frank Mancuso crossed the Volturno River prior to Monte Cassino. His unit gathered in a courtyard to refuel their...
[Annotator's Note: Charles Radford served in the Army as an infantryman in Company I, 3rd Battalion, 133rd Infantry...
Harley Reynolds remembers the air filling with bullets. About 20 or 30 yards in, Reynolds made it to an obstacle called...
Charles Radford tried to keep his mind on the task at hand. Once someone died they were dead and they had to be able to...
After George McGovern landed safely on Vis [Annotator's Note: the island of Vis, Croatia], the other nine men in his...
Rothacker Smith attended North High School in Detroit, Michigan after his family moved back to the city from the...
[Annotator's Note: Charles McGee served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot with the 302nd Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter...
Charles Coolidge left Camp Edwards near Boston to go to New York before going overseas. He was at sea for 13 days then...
They shipped out in late September [Annotator's Note: September 1942] and landed in North Africa on 8 November 1942....
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...
There were a lot of cases where there were no NCOs [Annotator's Note: non-commissioned officers]. Roland Chaisson says...
Dominic Martello learned that when going fast in the sand, the wheel of the half-track could be turned, but the force...
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...
Carl Peterson was born in Foraker, Oklahoma. He had three brothers and a sister and when his mother remarried he got...
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...
Early life for Charles Radford was tough because of the Great Depression. He grew up in a family of eight including his...
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...
Dominic Martello served with the Service Company [Annotator's Note: early Cannon Company, before they established them...
James Nerison was born in San Francisco. His mother and father moved down to the city of Alhambra near Los Angeles. His...
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...

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