Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)

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The next morning Frank Mancuso is awoken by a lieutenant. He quickly learned that his unit had moved out of the city....
Joseph Hairston was born in May 1922 in a log cabin just outside of Martinsville, Virginia. He stayed in Virginia for...
Tokuji Yoshihashi and his fellow replacements arrived there shortly after the 442nd Regimental Combat Team suffered...
Gerard Halpern graduated from high school in May or June of 1943. He applied to City College and started classes there...
Much of what William Blanckenburg is talking about is in his book [Annotators Note: Blankenburg authored a book titled...
[Annotator's Note: Richard Field served in the Army as a paratrooper with the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion, then...
Harley Reynolds’s 2nd battalion was in Faid Pass when the Germans made an attack to penetrate their lines and take some...
Walter Barnes did not see much of a change in New Orleans when he returned after the war. Before the war he and his...
Once sent back to New Orleans, Frank Mancuso was assigned as a special services officer [Annotators Note: at Camp Leroy...
A year after Raymond Wells was shipped to Okinawa Joyce joined him there. At the time there was very little in terms of...
Harley Reynolds and his unit were given a specific assignment. The planners were aware that their beachhead was...
On 1 April 1943 Raymond Wells boarded a troop train to New York where they went aboard a ship. His brother Irwin, who...
Harley Reynolds and his unit trained for Sicily on an incredibly rocky shoreline. The shore they actually landed on in...
During the overseas voyage Frank Mancuso was in charge of checking the tie downs, therefore he had privileged access to...
Of all the prisoners Gerard Halpern interrogated there is one who really stands out to him. The man was a German Army...
James Kemp McLaughlin was born in Charleston, West Virginia in December 1918. He grew up on a small farm and attended...
Roger Shaw arrived in Bahia, Brazil aboard the SS . He had met some associates previously in Bahia, but he discovered...
Raymond Wells retired from the service in June of 1983. After retiring, Wells moved to Fort Worth, Texas but eventually...
William Blanckenburg had an upper middle class upbringing, but they struggled during the Depression. Blanckenburg was...
Rothacker Smith, a medic in the 366th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division in Italy, was captured by German forces...
Originally, when Frank Mancuso entered the army he was a Catholic. This changed when the Pope said they could not bomb...
Rothacker Smith suffered from pains in his foot. In the Army, they would play with the explosives out of hand grenades...
Harley Reynolds notes that by one in the morning they stopped and rested. The next morning they were in position and...
For Charles Coolidge, success [Annotators Note: success in combat] continued in Italy. His unit [Annotators Note:...
Charles Coolidge recalls the weather at Monte Cassino as being cold and rainy. Coolidge feels that had they gone with...
Harley Reynolds went through the town of Troina but did not fight there. Company F ran into most of the resistance...
Raymond Wells and his men had periods when they would go 48 hours without rest and only one canteen of water and salt...
Rothacker Smith began selling root beer to construction workers at projects around Detroit during the Great Depression...
Gerard Halpern finished high school in 1943 then took one semester at a City College before dropping out and joining...
Clinton Riddle and his comrades in Company B were wrestled from their sleep in the early predawn hours for breakfast on...
The fighting around the La Fiere bridge and the village of Cauquigny was intense and Clinton Riddle and his comrades...

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