Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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Okinawa is something of a blur in Romus Burgin's mind. Unlike New Britain and Peleliu, battles from which he can...
Louis Conter enjoyed knowing both Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. He enjoyed Bob Hope the most as he was the serviceman's...
The first and only time Raymond Bailey ever came under attack was on 19 March 1945. They were 50 miles off the coast of...
[Annotator's Note: Edmund Durocher served in the US Marine Corps as a radio telephone operator in Company H, 2nd...
In addition to class learning, such as communication and radio navigation, Maynard David and the other cadets learned...
When David Yoho went through boot camp, it was great except for his troubled background. He kept getting into trouble...
Robert Templet took his boot camp training in San Diego. The days started early for him. During his first week in...
Jack Thornhill was sent to San Diego for boot camp. There were a lot of guys from the Alexandria [Annotator's Note:...
Benjamin Carson assessed the battle for Bougainville to be unique in the sense that the intent was not to capture the...
After Guadalcanal, James Gulotta went to Bougainville. They did a lot of heavy fighting on Bougainville. The Marines...
James Salerno cannot remember a lot of things that happened during the war. He does remember that there was a lot of...
James Gaffney never spotted any Japanese while patrolling Bougainville. They did observe and report a bright light on...
Claude Shannahan joined the 3rd Marines [Annotator's Note: 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division]. He went with the...
Richard Baile's crew all thought alike. They were optimistic. None of them thought they would be shot down. Baile does...
Benjamin Carson returned to Kwajalein with other Raiders and with Louis Zamperini [Annotator's Note: Louis S. Zamperini...
Cape Gloucester was a rough campaign for Arthur Pendelton. They captured prisoners. Some of the fellas that had lost...
Harlan Twible returned to the United States in November [Annotator's Note: Novemebr 1945]. He remained in the service...
The US Navy had planes ready to help out at Wake Island but the admiral in charge figured that it was going to be too...
[Annotators Note: Clayton Fisher served in the Navy as a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber pilot in Bombing Squadron 8...
[Annotator's Note: William G. Roy served in the Navy as a Photographer's Mate 2nd Class aboard the aircraft carrier USS...
That afternoon, Clayton Fisher and his squadron [Annotator's Note: Bombing Squadron 8 (VB-8)] were launched again to...
Richard Baile feels that it is important to teach young people about World War 2 but feels that teaching young people...
[Annotator's Note: Dale LeBlanc served in the USMC as a runner in the 22nd Marine Regiment, 6th Marine Division. He...
George Peto and the men of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines had a few days of rest and got new guns then moved out...
Paul Dietzel is very proud of his service during World War 2. When he first came to LSU he was 30 years old. He did not...
Stanley Wolczyk was under fire three times during the campaign to recapture Attu from the Japanese. It was during the...
Walter Jacobs thought the BAR [Annotator's Note: Browning Automatic Rifle] was a good weapon but required a lot of...
[Annotator's Note: George Peto served in the US Marine Corps in a machine gun section in 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine...
Ira Schilling killed a Japanese soldier on Guadalcanal with a shotgun. In the morning, before the Marines moved out...
[Annotator's Note: Harold DeForest served in the Army as a gunner on a 60mm mortar in Company A, 1st Battalion, 129th...
[Annotator's Note: Romus Valtin Burgin served in the United States Marine Corps as a mortar section leader in Company K...
After Ira Schilling and Company L, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment hit the beach at Tarawa, Company L split up and...
William Garbo first entered a combat zone in an Army DUKW [Annotator's Note: an amphibious truck, referred to as a Duck...
Arthur Pendleton was happy to get off of Cape Gloucester. They were there during the monsoon season. It was a terribly...
While Richard Keller was in Miami he got a phone call from a major asking if Keller wanted to go to the Command and...

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