Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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James Gaffney’s assessment of the John Wayne World War II movie entitled "They Were Expendable" was that it was mostly...
James Gaffney was once allowed to buy a case of beer after an announcement that there was an excess supply. Each sailor...
Billy Grieves watches movies like Run Silent, Run Deep religiously. He feels that they are more Hollywood than reality...
[Annotators Note: The interviewer asks Cole if he felt serving in the Marine Corps prepared him for the rest of his...
Roger Shaw was changed by World War 2. The war changed the world. Shaw had never been on a boat before, and that was a...
Joseph LaNier tells others to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. He rose to be vice-president of...
Being a submariner prepared Billy Grieves for his career as a firefighter. After seeing the worst, everything else is...
When Richard Higgins returned to the United States he went to Quantico to drive a truck. He would drive civilians to...
David Yoho was on a fleet oiler in World War 2. The ship took on fuel sometimes from a fuel barge in order to refuel...
Roy Boreen felt that World War 2 did not change his values in life although the war did have an impact on his life...
William Leibold never stopped believing that he would make it home to his wife. The reunion with his wife on his parent...
[Annotators Note: Calvin Barrick served in the US Navy aboard the submarine USS Tang (SS306).] At the end of the second...
Roger Shaw returned to the United States by way of Northern Ireland. The SS sailed alone before reaching Ireland. Shaw’...
Calvin Barrick thinks that Dick O'Kane [Annotators Note: US Navy Rear Admiral Richard H. O'Kane was the commanding...
Roger Shaw was 22 years old when he returned to the United States. When he got back to the United States, he went up...
Chuck was born in Long Island, New York in 1917. He believes that things were going better during the Great Depression...
Ari Phoutrides was born in Seattle in 1925. His father was a priest who was moved around the country often.After high...
Connick was born in Mobile, Alabama on 27 March 1926. He moved with his family to New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of...
Arthur Jackson was born in Cleveland and grew up in Canton, Ohio. His father was a watch maker and eventually ended up...
Gonzales was 10 years old when the Japanese invaded [Annotator's Note: Manila, Philippine Islands]. At the time he...
Ferrier was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father died and was buried on his 13th birthday. His...
Tyler was working in the information center receiving radar reports on the morning of the Pearl Harbor attack [...
Rogers was born in Saltville, Virginia on 1 January 1915.He graduated from high school in 1932 during the middle of the...
Alexander Vraciu was on a mission with a flight of 12 aircraft when he noticed five Zeros [Annotators Note: Mitsubishi...
Harold Rosen was born in Dallas, Texas in April 1925. His father owned his own business so the depression did not hit...
Pomroy begins the interview by talking about the living conditions on Guadalcanal. Living conditions were as basic as...
Jerry Yellin was born on February 15th, 1924 in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from Hillside High School in June of...
Stinson was born in Columbia, Alabama. After he and his classmates graduated from high school in 1943 they joined the...
Merrill was returning from a search mission just as the Doolittle Raiders were taking off from the Hornet [Annotator's...
Gravois was born in Saint Gabriel, Louisiana and grew up in Edgard, Louisiana until he was 17.Pearl Harbor was on 7...
Tarrant was born in Ennis, Texas. When he was 3, Tarrant's family moved to Dallas. His mother and father figured that...
Blanchard was born in Yonkers, New York. He moved around quite a bit as an employee of General Motors.He came from a...

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