Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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The Army Air Corps had so many people in the system that they had to figure out what to do with them so they created...
In June 1942, Fred Bergeron was told to pack his sea bags. He and the squadron [Annotator's Note: Bombing Squadron 3 (...
Jake Ussery boarded the Langley [Annotator's Note: USS Langley (CVL-27)] in the United States and joined in operations...
Harold Joslin was transported from Guam directly to Japan on the Argentina Maru. [Annotator's Note: Joslin had been...
Harold Bergbower has no memory of the trip from the POW [Annotator's Note: prisoner of war] camp in Davao on Mindanao...
[Annotator's Note: Robert Rosendahl served in the USAAF as an aircraft mechanic with the 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th...
Walter Broll benefited by the war because it made him an alert man instead of the 18 year old minor he was when he...
A day after William Garbo and his machine gun squad successfully ambushed a group of Japanese soldiers in a mountain...
While on Midway, Sumner Whitten's squadron was changed from VMSB-231 [Annotator's Note: Marine Scout Bombing Squadron...
Paul Dietzel flew from the Hawaiian Islands over Kwajalein to Tinian. During the flight they had not had anything to...
Jack Leaming and his SBD pilot had just completed their bombing run on Marcus Island when the antiaircraft fire became...
[Annotator's Note: Emil Schoonejans served in the Navy aboard the submarine USS Burrfish (SS-312) and was rated a...
One of the chiefs saw Jack Yusen again at the opening of the Taffy 3 memorial and asked Yusen if he remembered him....
After being wounded, Richard Keller was evacuated to a field hospital [Annotator's Note: Keller was shot by a sniper...
There is newsreel footage of an awards ceremony Fred Bergeron was part of that was shown in his home town while he was...
Frank Stewart shows the interviewer a photograph that was taken at the naval hospital in San Diego. Bob Day had also...
To fill personnel losses resulting from accidents and combat, Richard Baile's crew was broken up. He was made the...
Arthur Pendleton went to Pavuvu after Cape Gloucester. There, he dealt with a bout of appendicitis which almost killed...
[Annotator's Note: Fred Bergeron served in the Navy as a rear seat gunner in a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber in...
When they reached the field hospital, Edmund Durocher was put on a stretcher in the mortar platoon area. At the bottom...
After a narrow escape from a deadly Japanese ambush, and a tragic friendly fire casualty that night, William Garbo and...
Richard Witaker recognized that the life expectancy of platoon leaders was not very long on Okinawa. The Japanese would...
[Annotator's Note: James Goodrich served in the US Marine Corps as a machine gun section leader in the 27th Marine...
Michael Mervosh kept his binoculars in his pack the rest of the battle and he is thankful that he did. About a week...
When Frank Stewart's group arrived at the Tenaru River [Annotator's Note: actually, the Ilu River, on 21 August 1942]...
When Company I came to the relief of a decimated Company K, George Peto, who served as a forward mortar observer,...
[Annotators Note: Robert Addison was a member of the US Marine Corps 1st Raider Battalion.]Edson [Annotators Note: US...
[Annotators Note: Frank Guidone served in the US Marine Corps as a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.]When they...
[Annotator's Note: Billy Grieves served in the navy aboard the submarines USS Thresher (SS-200) and USS Lizardfish (SS-...
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...
Frank Pomroy estimates that the Japanese battleship bombardment [Annotator's Note: on the Marine positions on...
[Annotator's Note: Edmund Durocher served in the US Marine Corps as a radio telephone operator in Company H, 2nd...

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