Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)

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Norman Raner enlisted on 18 May 1941. He went to Port Des Moines [Annotator's Note: Port of Des Moines, Iowa] and then...
Harley Reynolds remembers the air filling with bullets. About 20 or 30 yards in, Reynolds made it to an obstacle called...
Ralph F. Lafferty did not get to see his brother often, despite being in the same regiment [Annotator's Note: Lafferty...
Thomas Michael Holt was a POW [Annotator's Note: prisoner of war] in the same camp [Annotator's Note: Oflag XIII-B near...
Thomas Michael Holt [Annotator's Note: a Second Lieutenant with the 1st Ranger Battalion] and his men were put on a...
Dominick Frank Poliseno was in an area of trees, brush and high grass, and he entered an abandoned house, sat in a...
James Read Kirk was taken to Budapest [Annotator's Note: Budapest, Hungary] where he was put into prison [Annotator's...
At one point, Paul Carter was in an action where he put more ammunition through his rifle than at any other time. What...
To Edward LaPorta, everything in the camp [Annotator's Note: Stalag III-B in Fürstenberg, Germany] was in sad shape but...
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...
The worst part of the fighting for Johnny Ngai was fighting in to Cassino [Annotator's Note: Cassino, Italy]. Rocks and...
Alexander Jefferson named his plane "Margot" after his classmate's sister. She attended graduation when Jefferson...
Joseph Hochadel was in combat shortly after patching up the chaplain. Hochadel recalls getting a call about some...
Sometime in the early summer of 1943, Norman Kinsey moved south of Casablanca to Berrechid [Annotator's Note: Berrechid...
Only one time did Frederick Amore come into a truly dangerous situation. He was not supposed to be in a "combat area,"...
F.M. Richard Simons thinks it would be nice if people remember the good things [Annotator's Note: about World War 2]....
Thomas D. Thompson did not seek any treatment for the issues he was having [Annotator's Note: with post traumatic...
The war was a challenging experience for Edgar De Pue Osgood. There are other ways of getting those challenges, like...
Many times when Alfred Dietrick was on the front lines, he said that if he ever got out alive, he would not complain...
Norman Raner thinks it is important to continue to study World War 2. His Association [Annotator's Note: 34th Infantry...
After George McGovern landed safely on Vis [Annotator's Note: the island of Vis, Croatia], the other nine men in his...
Jim Stumpfa sang the US Coast Guard song while they were marching. He enjoyed the exercise. He did not like the middle-...
After high school, Ralph F. Lafferty went mountain climbing with his brothers. During that summer, he worked at a ranch...
Rothacker Smith attended North High School in Detroit, Michigan after his family moved back to the city from the...
On returning to his outfit [Annotator's Note:the 88th Infantry Division] in Rome [Annotator's Note: Rome, Italy], Harry...
Darrell Welch flew 61 missions and only had one furlough [Annotator's Note: an authorized absence for a short period of...
[Annotator's Note: Charles McGee served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot with the 302nd Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter...
In Anzio [Annotator's Note: Battle of Anzio, 22 January 1944 to 5 June 1944, Anzio, Italy] at night, they [Annotator's...
Norman Raner rememebrs Cassino [Annotator's Note: Cassino, Italy] being flat where the town was but Cassino itself was...
Albert Hatala and his family left Czechoslovakia when he was young and does not recall if they kept in touch with their...
When John B. Butz arrived in Naples [Annotator's Note: Naples, Italy] it was extremely run down. The citizens there...
After World War 2, John B. Butz and his unit [Annotator's Note: 885th Bombardment Squadron, 2641st Special Group, 15th...
[Annotator's Note: William Edwin Howard was part of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer asks Arthur Smith what his first introduction to the war was.] Hard to answer. In...

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