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Kenneth Killilea received his Marine Corps boot camp training at Parris Island. The moment he stepped off the bus upon...
Benjamin Carson was born in February 1923 on a farm in Ottawa Township, Minnesota. Shortly afterward, his family moved...
Forrest Villarrubia volunteered for the Marines the day after his high school graduation. His mother would not sign for...
Anthony Costa was born in Concord, California in January 1920. At the time, Concord was a small farm town. His father...
Jack Skaggs joined the Oklahoma National Guard when he was 15 years old. He was in Headquarters Battery, 70th Field...
Adolph Wilson arrived in San Diego for Marine training after three days of travel on a train from New Orleans. The men...
Henry Bourgeois was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He first flew when he was about seven years old. After...
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Edward Bale was sent to Philadelphia to the Marine Corps basic officer's course and...
After John DuBose signed on with the Merchant Marines, he was shipped to the Maritime Academy in St. Petersburg,...
Roger Shaw was born in New Orleans in 1921. He grew up and was educated in New Orleans. After graduating high school,...
Harold Buell attended Parsons College in Iowa [Annotator's Note: Fairfield, Iowa] on an athletic scholarship. He was an...
Stewart Bass was trained to be a naval aviator. The first months involved college type training at St. Mary's College...
Ralph Weymouth graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1938. He was 12 years and old living in northwest Seattle in 1929...
Martin Carmody did his flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas. When he graduated nine months later he was sent to San...
Charles Brooks entered the United States Navy. He was first shipped to Athens, Georgia for basic physical training...
Harold Zeringer and several of his friends decided to enlist in the United States Navy on 9 December 1941, just a few...
Jake Ussery enlisted in Monroe, Louisiana. He was in the Navy but lived in a barracks in Monroe. He trained in a small...
Archibald "Archie" T. Higgins was born in New Orleans in January 1924. He is a lifelong resident of the New Orleans...
Dale Peterson volunteered for the Navy and was sent for training at the Farragut Naval Training Center in Idaho. He...
James Newsom joined the United States Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was put on a train in New Orleans,...
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...
When Claude Taylor turned 18, he enlisted in the Navy. His father had been in the Army in France in World War 1. The...
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...

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