Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)

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They were trained to kill or be killed. They did what they were trained to do and did what they were ordered to do....
Vernon Baker arrived in Italy on around 28 June 1944. His Medal of Honor action did not happen until the following year...
Theodore Finkbeiner went on a patrol to snatch a prisoner one night and came to a bridge that had been blown out. They...
[Annotators Note: Henry Phillips served in Company M, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.] By...
Inouye helped liberate a village as well. One of the churches in the village had a high steeple. He asked the priest if...
In Vietnam, Barfoot found the news different from the perspective he got from it in the United States. He saw and heard...
Col. Davis became the commander. When the Air Force became a separate service they reactivated the 332nd Fighter Group...
James Nerison had an upper bunk in the PT boat [Annotators Note: PT-305] and he was not able to see out of the boat. He...
When Edward LaPorta was in training all of the guys in the outfit were very good friends. After going through their...
Blonder feels that it is very important to have a museum that preserves the history of the war, like the World War II...
Joseph Hochadel landed in the second wave at Anzio and they unpacked their aid station into a jeep. They commandeered...
Wilburn K. Ross had his molars knocked out in France by shrapnel. His company commander had sent him and about eight of...
Barney Old Coyote’s unit received Presidential Unit Citations for the job they did in bombing bases in the...
They landed in Sicily at a little town called Gela. It was still dark when they landed and the Germans were shooting at...
John Vessey learned a lot from his 34th Infantry Division leaders. His experience in North Africa colored his outlook...
Michael Doi does not recall hearing about the death of President Roosevelt. Doi made a lot of Caucasian friends on the...
[Annotators Note: David Dennis served as a radio operator in Company D, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st...
Freddie Ohr flew in a P-64 and a P-35. He cannot find the P-64 in modern books about fighters. Both were forerunners to...
A friend of Holloman’s in a MATS [Annotator's Note: Military Air Transport Service] unit needed an operations officer....
The day after the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot [Annotators Note: the Battle of the Philippine Sea] Alex Vraciu was...
The Germans would use flares at night and drop them over the American convoy. At night this would illuminate the fleet...
The French Foreign Legion decided to fight with the Allies. Charles Scheffel stayed in the tunnel in Algiers that night...
Kanaya felt that living during the Depression years and learning to live under those conditions, working and living on...
[Annotators Note: Dr. Roscoe Brown served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot in the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter...
Alexander Jefferson named his plane “Margot” after his classmate’s sister. She attended graduation when Jefferson...
Martello recalled having to carry a wounded German soldier after being captured. He had been shot. Martello fell down...
Kassal recalls the 12th Tactical Air Command's headquarters were setup at Caserta, just north of Naples. They were...
Ehlers moved his squad up the hill to the trenches [Annotator’s Note: during D-Day Normandy 6 June 1944]. They fought...
Chaisson was in the 1st Division [Annotator's Note: US Army's 1st Infantry Division] in B Company, 16th Infantry...
Italy was different fighting then North Africa. In North Africa it was mostly wide open plains with rolling hills. In...
Vernon Baker continues to describe his Medal of Honor actions in Italy. He began cutting wire on the hill. The wire was...
Theodore Finkbeiner and his company [Annotators Note: Company H, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd...
[Annotators note: Henry Phillips was the operations officer in 3rd Battalion Headquarters, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th...
Inouye respects the United States because they were able to say after the war that it was wrong that Japanese-Americans...
Barfoot has returned to Italy and France, but not back to Vietnam. He went all over France and Germany. He returned at...
When McGee first got to Italy, a lot of work and activity was based around survival. The men would improve their living...

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