Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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Richard Witaker landed on Red Beach 2 on Easter Sunday, April Fool's day of 1945 [Annotator's Note: 1 April 1945]. The...
Following the battle of Okinawa, Richard Witaker learned more about Japanese strategies and preparations for the Marine...
The battle on Tarawa provided countless opportunities for combat cameramen like Norman Hatch to capture story telling...
Walter Nelson loved the airplane he flew in [Annotators Note: TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bombers]. It was slow but...
[Annotator's Note: Ralph Weymouth served in the Navy as a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 3 (VS-3) flying from...
Sidney Philips remembers explosions everywhere. Small arms fire everywhere. The total concern was for yourself. It is...
[Annotator's Note: Arthur Pendleton served in the US Marine Corps as a machine gunner in Company H, 2nd Battalion, 1st...
The next morning, Jack Yusen was heading down to get some food when the call to battle stations came over the intercom...
Lloyd Guillory and the other new pilots were told that they would initially train in P-40s [Annotator's Note: Curtiss P...
Richard Nummer entered service in November 1943 at 17 years old. He went to San Diego for boot camp. That was his first...
Kenneth Killilea received his Marine Corps boot camp training at Parris Island. The moment he stepped off the bus upon...
Benjamin Carson was born in February 1923 on a farm in Ottawa Township, Minnesota. Shortly afterward, his family moved...
Forrest Villarrubia volunteered for the Marines the day after his high school graduation. His mother would not sign for...
Anthony Costa was born in Concord, California in January 1920. At the time, Concord was a small farm town. His father...
Jack Skaggs joined the Oklahoma National Guard when he was 15 years old. He was in Headquarters Battery, 70th Field...
Adolph Wilson arrived in San Diego for Marine training after three days of travel on a train from New Orleans. The men...
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Edward Bale was sent to Philadelphia to the Marine Corps basic officer's course and...
Roger Shaw was born in New Orleans in 1921. He grew up and was educated in New Orleans. After graduating high school,...
Ralph Weymouth graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1938. He was 12 years and old living in northwest Seattle in 1929...
Martin Carmody did his flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas. When he graduated nine months later he was sent to San...
Charles Brooks entered the United States Navy. He was first shipped to Athens, Georgia for basic physical training...
Harold Zeringer and several of his friends decided to enlist in the United States Navy on 9 December 1941, just a few...
Jake Ussery enlisted in Monroe, Louisiana. He was in the Navy but lived in a barracks in Monroe. He trained in a small...
James Newsom joined the United States Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was put on a train in New Orleans,...
Joseph LaNier joined the United States Navy in February 1944. African-Americans prior to 1942 were not allowed to join...
John Nicholas went into the service in September 1943. His half brother George was already in the Navy. Nicholas went...
Joseph Brannan was sent on a train to San Diego, California for boot camp after he enlisted in the United States Navy....
Robert Curl entered the Navy never having been very far from home. It was to be a different experience for him. He...
Roy Boreen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July 1920. During the Great Depression, his father worked as a cement...
Fulton Taylor chose the United States Navy because service there appealed to him. His older brother was already in the...
Rollins Rosenzweig had a rough boot camp experience in San Diego. He did not complain but rather took it as it came. It...
Allen Lamm enlisted in the Navy and did his basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois. The training was not very...
Lawrence Brooks was drafted in 1940 and went for basic training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. By November [Annotator's...
Burton Johnson entered into service at Clinton, Arkansas at age 18. At Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was assigned to the 1st...
Stanley Wolczyk was born in Cleveland, Ohio in December 1917. His father and mother were both Polish immigrants. They...
John Singlaub enlisted in the US Army Artillery because he wanted the experience to supplement his infantry skills....

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