Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)

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Alexander Jefferson worked in the post office when he returned home from war after school. Jefferson discovered his...
At the end of the war Vernon Baker was a second lieutenant but in May of 1945 he became a first lieutenant. His...
Edward LaPorta and the other POWs did not hear them [Annotators Note: the German guards] leave and did not know what...
Freddie Ohr made a dozen passes over the airfield. They went up to provide cover when the top flight went down. Finally...
Charles Scheffel notes that had anyone else been there they would have done the same thing. There are people fighting...
They were able to keep their sanity because they knew the war was going well for them. Once the front line was going...
People in combat are people in combat. Hairston does not believe in women in combat. He is the father of 4 daughters...
Vernon Baker got out of the army on 28 August 1968, 35 years before the interview. He was 83 years old during this...
When Edward LaPorta was in North Africa they wore a combat suit. At night they put on heavier clothes because it gets...
Freddie Ohr then called his flight up while the next two flights hit the field. They set the whole airfield on fire....
Charles Scheffel located the headquarters of the 39th Infantry Regiment. He reported to the colonel who was glad to see...
During that period, the Russian prisoners got along with the American prisoners. One of them made a cigarette case for...
Freddie Ohr realized the weather was bad. The ground crew said no one could fly. Ohr stayed a couple of nights in Paris...
Charles Scheffel laid there and must have passed out. His executive officer told him that Morotti [Annotators Note:...
Kanaya had no idea if everyone made it back. They got off of the train in Chicago; there was a train from the Pacific...
Freddie Ohr had a lot of things happened to him. The first guy Ohr encountered really tried to make it tough on him....
Freddie Ohr thought that it was an exciting mission [Annotators Note: See Freddie Ohr Segment 17]. He thought that...
Freddie Ohr learned that his uncle had flown as a top turret gunner in B-25 bombers based in Africa. Ohr did not know...
In late April 1944 they were put on special alert. They were put on trucks and were taken through Southampton to an...
Roosevelt [Annotator’s Note: General Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, Jr.], from the 1st Division helped to train the men....
Vernon Baker went to Camp Wolters, Texas for basic training and experienced segregation. He got onto a bus when he...
Theodore Finkbeiner shipped out of Cape Cod aboard the USS George Washington [Annotators Note: SS George Washington] in...
Henry Phillips' regiment went through a series of disasters during the battle. One full company was bush whacked by the...
Inouye realized that there were problems in every state. Segregation in the south was a problem. He was confident that...
Barfoot and the 45th Infantry Division went on up into the mountains around the 2nd of January, 1944. They moved out of...
Leadership attitudes in McGee's unit helped to form a bond between the men. McGee's first flight was in the PT-17 [...
James Nerison learned how to handle the boat, fix the engine, and operate the radio equipment. He was also versed in...
Edward LaPorta was a member of the 1st Armored Division. The first tanks they had overseas were riveted together. They...
Blonder remembers Marty Higgins sent a sergeant and 35 men back to battalion headquarters for supplies and to see if...
Joseph Hochadel was in combat shortly after patching up the chaplain. Hochadel recalls getting a call about some...
Wilburn K. Ross was on a ship heading through the Straits of Gibraltar when an announcement was made that Germany had...
By the time Barney Old Coyote got out of the service the letter [Annotators Note: see Barney Old Coyote Segment 1] had...
They shipped out in late September [Annotator's Note: September 1942] and landed in North Africa on 8 November 1942....
John Vessey and his unit headed to Fort Dix to prepare to go overseas. They were supposed to go on a French ship but it...
When Michael Doi and the rest of the 100th Battalion were on the French Italian border they were allowed passes to go...
David Dennis does not recall when or how he learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor but does recall hearing that the...

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