Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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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:...
Melvin Munch was introduced to the Navy in boot camp in San Diego. It was rough. Getting up early each morning to begin...
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...
Adolph Wilson fought through some of the worse jungles on Bougainville. It had everything imaginable. It rained every...
Claude Shannahan joined the 3rd Marines [Annotator's Note: 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division]. He went with the...
John Singlaub was asked by OSS [Annotator's Note: Office of Strategic Services, pre-runner of the Central Intelligence...
William Pierce tells the story of his duty on Guam while he was training for the invasion of the Japanese home islands...
Richard Baile's crew all thought alike. They were optimistic. None of them thought they would be shot down. Baile does...
Glenn Frazier entered a compound after the long Bataan Death March. The marchers were so fatigued that they simply...
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...
Jack Skaggs surrendered on Wilkes Island. Meanwhile, there were about 1,200 civilians on Wake Island. Commander...
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...
Lloyd Guillory had two eventful missions he would never forget. On a mission before he reached Ie-Shima, Guillory flew...
[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...

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