Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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Gerald West spent 1944 in an OSS [Annotator's Note: Office of Strategic Services, the pre-runner of the CIA] training...
[Annotator's Note: Yukio Kawamoto served in the Army as a Japanese interpreter with the 37th Infantry Division in the...
Walter Nelson used to fly out into the fog near the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. Sometimes he flew underneath the Bay...
After Michael Mervosh helped his wounded friends in the foxhole he realized that he had lost his hearing [Annotator's...
[Annotator's Note: Billy Grieves served in the Navy aboard the submarine USS Thresher (SS-200).] The boat [Annotator's...
Jack Skaggs and his fellow Marines laughed at the Japanese bombing the lagoon. Nothing was being accomplished while the...
William Pierce recounts an instance of Japanese night time infiltration [Annotator's Note: during combat operations on...
Mahlen Arledge fought on Peleliu independently of the Marines who were at a stage of moving off the island and turning...
The day the affair took place [Annotator's Note: the Battle of the Philippine Sea on 19-20 June 1944] they had not had...
Jack Glass was interviewed prior to this for a show about the Enterprise [Annotator's Note: USS Enterprise (CV-6)]. The...
Oran Harris was 17 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was returning from Sunday school when a man called out...
Joe Clapper remembers being on a date at a movie theater on Pearl Harbor Day. When he came out, newsboys were peddling...
Marvin Hill went to the Parcel Post building in Richmond to enlist, and underwent a physical. He was rejected, and told...
John E. Johnson said he got along with everybody on his ship. He reluctantly exposed the fact that the USS Liddle (ADP-...
In addition to his weapon, Philip Schweitzer carried two pouches. Because of his rank as a sergeant, Schweitzer carried...
Wanda Damberg and her fellow internees witnessed three young men from their group attempt an escape [Annotator’s Note:...
When on the P-34 ship that pulled them out of the ocean, William Leibold and the other survivors of the Tang [Annotator...
Samuel Malta was based in Brooklyn New York as a military escort for the war dead. It was rough duty. He had to sign...
Billy Grieves talks about the eulogies he gives for friends who have passed away. He has officiated a number of...
Harold Horseman was the historian for the Guadalcanal veterans. Horseman wrote about the same area and about the same...
Benjamin Carson found that evacuating Makin Island was far more difficult that arriving there. The tide worked against...
Edmund Durocher landed on Guadalcanal weighing 156 pounds and left weighing 126. He had no socks because they had...
Arthur Pendleton does not recall to much more about Cape Gloucester. There was nothing pleasant about it and he was...
Harry Watson said that when the war started, the submarines were used merely as a scouting force. They would get...
Paul Amrod arrived on the southern beaches of Okinawa to aggressive Japanese artillery fire. There was still heavy...
When Ira Schilling and his unit [Annotator's Note: Company B, 1st Battalion, 18th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division...
[Annotator's Note: William Leibold served in the Navy as a Chief Boatswain's Mate and made all five war patrols aboard...
Keith Renstrom felt like he had too much responsibility to stay with his men [Annotator's Note: even after being...
Richard Witaker was apprehensive about going ashore before Okinawa. He had seen his first indications of war while at...
Lawrence Brooks followed the war while he was in service. One of the islands he was on had Japanese pillboxes. The...
Edwin Henlebin became interested in the activities of a photographer who was taking shots of an open air, 24 hour mess...
Lieutenant Babe Meeks informed William Garbo and the men of G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 112th Cavalry Regiment, that the he...
Leonard Brooks got up to go to school on Monday [Annotator's Note: 8 December 1941] morning and that is when he and his...
Robert Rosendahl's squadron [Annotator's Note: 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group] was stationed at a gunnery...
[Annotator's Note: Anthony Costa begins this segment by discussing his transfer to Japan aboard one of the prisoner of...
Glenn Frazier was in the Philippines on 8 December 1941 when the war started. [Annotator's Note: The date difference is...

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