Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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Louis Zamperini qualified for the 1936 Olympics and went to New York to compete with Don Lash [Annotator's Note: Donald...
[Annotator's Note: Abner Aust stayed in the military after the end of World War 2.] The 36th Tactical Fighter Wing was...
William Pierce went to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina following his tour in Hingham, Massachusetts. Because he had been...
They [Annotator's Note: Louis Zamperini, his pilot and their tail gunner] spent 47 days fighting off sharks, the...
[Annotators Note: Robert Freligh served as a TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bomber pilot in Torpedo Squadron 13 (VT-13),...
Archibald Higgins was in the Palau Islands with the mission of keeping those islands neutralized and flying missions to...
Arthur Killam was born in San Francisco and lived there until he was six years old when he moved to San Jose,...
William Winter agrees with the interviewer's statement that many black veterans felt more freedom in the Army than they...
[Annotator's Note: Robert J. Ferris was pilot with Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 232 (VMTB-232) and took part in the...
Charles Kneflin was born in December 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had a very nice childhood. His mother was a home...
Jack Yusen still frequently thinks about the men who died [Annotator's Note: when his ship, the USS Samuel B. Roberts (...
Archibald Rackerby stayed in the Marine Corps after the war ended. He was not 100 percent after his injury. [Annotator'...
[Annotator's Note: Ittsei Nakagawa was in a factory in Hiroshima, Japan when the atomic bomb exploded over the city on...
Clem Thrift went to Norfolk, Virginia for turboelectric training. The ship he helped commission, and on which he...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer asks Dr. Robert Beynon what it was like to go out and come back from patrols on a...
William Winter was born in 1923 in Grenada County, Mississippi. He came up during the depression on a cotton and cattle...
As the American advance through the Pacific moved closer and closer to the Japanese mainland, enemy resistance grew...
Edwin Henlebin described the beachhead as glutted with supplies. The problem was getting the material from the beach to...
[Annotator's Note: William G. Roy served in the Navy as a Photographer's Mate 2nd Class aboard the aircraft carrier USS...
After Erik Johnsen graduated from his final training at Kings Point, [Annotator's Note: US Merchant Marine Academy,...
When James Morehead arrived at Broom, Australia, the little airfield where they landed didn't have modern pumping...
In early June [Annotator's Note: June 1944] Edward Driscoll's ship [Annotator's Note: USS Franklin (CV-13)] was held in...
They [Annotator's Note: Edward Driscoll and Torpedo Squadron 13 (VT-13), USS Franklin (CV-13)] left Leyte [Annotator's...
Rollins Rosenzweig departed California aboard the carrier [Annotator's Note: Rosenzweig was a radioman and gunner on a...
Francis Bucher knows he cannot cover everything in two hours. The Army flew P-40s [Annotator's Note: Curtiss P-40...
Samuel Malta and the men in combat were just kids who were 18 or 19 years old. The combat troops felt they were...
Fred Bronfin adjusted easily to military life but felt he was losing time in his career. To differentiate between...
Samuel Malta had difficulties after his discharge from the service. He did not like taking orders from civilians. He...
[Annotator's Note: Jack Yusen served in the Navy as a gunner aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413). The Samuel B....
Lloyd Dendy and his brother went to Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego, California by train. When they arrived in San...
After ten weeks of primary training, James Morehead moved to Moffett Naval Air Field [Annotator's Notes: NAS Moffett...
Next, Stanley Stewart was sent to Jacksonville Air Station [Annotator's Note: Naval Air Station Jacksonville] in...
[Annotator's Note: Ralph Weymouth served in the Navy as a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 3 (VS-3) flying from...

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