Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)

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On 13 January 1997 Vernon Baker flew to Washington DC with his family. They went into the East Room of the White House...
Theodore Finkbeiner does not know why his unit was pulled out of its positions. When they moved into their new...
Finally a jeep showed up with a lieutenant in it who told them [Annotators Note: David Dennis and his fellow POWs] when...
Freddie Ohr found out it was that bullet that ricocheted off his helmet and went into the cushion. His leader made a...
The next morning Alex Vraciu and the other guerillas headed north up the national highway. They took a bugler and...
Charles Scheffel was wounded twice in Sicily, once in the arm and a fragment in his leg. Scheffel went back to the aid...
Kanaya never tried to escape until after they left camp in Poland in January of 1945. That is when opportunities came...
Hairston was sent to Randolph Field in Texas to learn how to fly [Annotator’s Note: after the end of World War II]....
Alexander Jefferson returned to the United States on ships, picking up men in England and spending eight days across...
Vernon Baker looked at things differently after the war. He used to think of himself as a killer but then he started to...
Freddie Ohr came running out of the wave and he did not see the boat anymore. He made two or three passes that low....
During one of his trips back to the United States Alex Vraciu was offered the opportunity to fly the Zero that had been...
When they landed in England, Charles Scheffel had been shuffled around as an officer in the regiment. He was all over...
They also knew through a radio set that they had that the Rhine River was under siege. They were aware that the...
During the last few days of the war there was very little action. Most of the Germans were figuring out a way to...
Alexander Jefferson worked in the post office when he returned home from war after school. Jefferson discovered his...
[Annotator's Note: a different interviewer, Martin Morgan, now interviews Vernon Baker] Vernon Baker had a reputation...
Freddie Ohr went from Corsica Italy to Medina, Italy. They flew out of there on a short steel runway. They flew all of...
Charles Scheffel’s run in with Mr. Shaw [Annotators Note: George Bernard Shaw] was not included in his book Crack and...
There was 1 company of tanks, 1 company of infantry and a company for support. Kanaya is not sure how they did it, but...
Recently Hairston went to artillery OCS [Annotator’s Note: Officer Candidate School] to learn how today's generations...
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...
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...
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...

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