Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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Fred Bergeron was born in Abbeville, Louisiana in January 1923. Custom dictated that the mother would be taken care of...
Barbara Butler was born in Syracuse, New York in 1921. Her father was a salesman so they moved around a lot when she...
Richard Baile was born in December 1920 on a farm in Missouri east of Kansas City near the town of Washburn. They had a...
Robert Freligh’s father died when he was two and a half years old. His mother worked full time as a pharmacist but was...
Oran Harris was born in Hartford, Tennessee in September 1924. His childhood home was near the Smoky Mountains, about...
Edward Chinnis was born in August 1924 in Ravenel, South Carolina. After graduating high school Chinnis had a...
Gerald V. West was born in Glens Falls, New York in October 1919. His family owned a farm of about 140 acres and West's...
Robert Templet was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in September 1920. At the age of five years old, his family moved to...
[Annotator's Note: Interview begins with the interviewer introducing himself.] Harold Whitaker was born in Henrietta,...
Harper Gruber was born in November 1924 in his grandmother's home town of Branchville, South Carolina, where the doctor...
James Muri joined the Army so that he could become a pilot. Growing up in Montana Muri did not see many airplanes. He...
Paul Amrod was born in November 1926 in Saugerties, New York, the tenth of 11 children. His father, a Lebanese...
Edwin Henlebin was born in 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri, and lived there his entire life, except for when he was in the...
J. W. Childs was born in Cisco, Texas. From a young age, however, he and his little sister lived with their parents in...
Allen Horton was born in 1921 in Middletown, Connecticut, a congregational minister's son. His father's profession...
Clem Thrift was born in January 1927 in Thomasville, North Carolina. He never knew his father, who died in an accident...
Robert Dickinson was born in Brooklyn, New York, in September 1924, the second of two children. At an early age his...
William Douglas Lansford was born in 1922 in Los Angeles. His father was an Anglo from Texas and his mother was a...
John E. Johnson was born in Houston, Mississippi in December 1926, and lived there until he was six years old. During...
Donald Dean was born in March 1926 in Salina, Kansas. His father was in the insurance business, and the family moved...
Joe Clapper was born in Jonesboro, Indiana, but grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He joined the Marine Corps just out of...
Enlisting in the Navy at the age of 18, Lauren Bruner first reported to San Diego, California, for three months of...
Burton Johnson was born in Providence, Rhode Island in May 1920. His parents delivered groceries to families even...
When he was in high school, Paul Amrod played baseball as a catcher. In the service, he learned he was not major league...
Philip Schweitzer cannot think of many other lighter moments than the ones he's already mentioned. He remembers one...
They [Annotator's Note: Leonard Brooks, his family, and the 600 other missionaries] arrived at Santo Tomas and spent...
At Ormoc Bay, John E. Johnson drove his LCVP [Annotator's Note: Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel also referred to as...
When he was still 100 miles out from his carrier [Annotator's Note: USS Enterprise (CV-6)], the primitive radar in...
[Annotator's Note: This segment begins with Harold DeForest talking to the interviewer about his son in law who was...
The next morning, 5 June [Annotator's Note: 5 June 1942], Fred Bergeron had breakfast then went to his plane. When they...
Dave Severance thought they would be sent home once they took the mountain [Annotator's Note: Mount Suribachi on Iwo...
By the time they [Annotator's Note: Harlan Twible and the others in his group of survivors of the USS Indianapolis (CA-...
[Annotator's Note: Jack Glass served in the Navy aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6) as an aviation radioman in Fighting...
Norman Hatch remained on Iwo Jima for the first 18 days of the battle. He was flown off on D plus 18. Hatch flew off...
Walter Broll and the Grace Abbott left Bari, Italy and headed for the ocean. Broll and the deck crew secured the...
After combat on Tinian ended and the island was secured, Ira Schilling was sent to Hawaii. First, however, he reported...

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