Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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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...
Mitchell Zimmer attended boot camp at Newport, Rhode Island. He went to special training in San Diego. He was assigned...
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...
Paul J. Frisco enlisted in the Navy because of his father's service during World War 1 and because of the Navy's...
Harold Joslin joined the Navy around 1939. He liked the idea of going to sea. He also really wanted to get off the farm...
George Joseph Bertucci went to San Diego, California for basic training. After three weeks, he went aboard the USS...
Joseph Daquarna enlisted in early 1945 and went to boot camp in San Diego. Afterward, he was assigned to a submarine...
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...
Samuel Malta went into the service in June 1943. He took his basic training at Camp Wheeler near Macon, Georgia. He was...
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....
Mahlen Arledge received his draft notice in July 1943 and went into service the next month. He elected to go into the...
Billy Grieves was born in Liberty Center, Ohio. At a young age his parents moved the family to Detroit, Michigan for...
Mitchell Zimmer liked the idea of sailing on a smaller boat like a submarine. He was trained in New London, Connecticut...
James Allen was 16 years old in the spring of 1942 and a junior in high when he decided to join the Navy. In March he...
Russell Gackenbach had his Army Air Forces basic training in Florida. There were not enough uniforms for the recruits...
For William Winter, basic training was different [Annotator's Note: different than his previous experiences at Ole Miss...
Robert Addison was born in Akron, Ohio in December 1922. Growing up he was very athletic and played many different...
Robert Addison was born in Akron, Ohio in December 1922. Growing up he was very athletic and played many different...
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...
Wim de Jonge accompanied an officer to Jakarta. They traveled alone in a jeep through the mountains without convoy...
While on Midway, Sumner Whitten's squadron was changed from VMSB-231 [Annotator's Note: Marine Scout Bombing Squadron...

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