Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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Wanda Damberg was born of a Dutch father who served as a diplomat in the Philippines starting in 1916. He met Damberg’s...
[Annotator's Note: Interview begins with Paul Dietzel and the interviewer talking about LORAN and flying over the vast...
Martin Carmody was raised in California and was a senior at San Jose State University. His family had lived there for...
Edgar Marion Cole was born in Dallas, Texas in 1925. His parents were poor and he had to help the family financially...
Maynard David grew up on a farm west of Topeka, Kansas. He went to high school in Silver Lake, Kansas and graduated in...
Jack Houston was born in Rochester, New York in May 1926. His father was a foreman in a foundry and was able to...
Walter Jacobs was born in Mississippi. His father worked a variety of jobs. Jacobs grew up on a farm that did not have...
Judge James Gulotta was born in November 1923 and grew up in New Orleans. He went through the depression years which...
Claude Shannahan was named for three of his dad's brothers who had died of pneumonia in Canada. Shannahan was born in...
Richard Higgins was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in Sims Hospital. Higgins moved to Harrison, Maine when he was...
[Annotator's Note: Interviewer is setting up the interview and it begins with small talk about the war.] Arthur...
James McEnery was born in Brooklyn, New York in September 1919. He grew up in Brooklyn in a rugged area. There was a...
Allen Tillery was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1925. He was attending high school in Shreveport when the Japanese...
Astley Blackwell, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama in April 1925. During the depression his family lived with his...
Raymond Bailey was born and raised in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Jobs at the time only paid about one dollar per day....
Fred Bergeron was born in Abbeville, Louisiana in January 1923. Custom dictated that the mother would be taken care of...
Barbara Butler was born in Syracuse, New York in 1921. Her father was a salesman so they moved around a lot when she...
Richard Baile was born in December 1920 on a farm in Missouri east of Kansas City near the town of Washburn. They had a...
Robert Freligh’s father died when he was two and a half years old. His mother worked full time as a pharmacist but was...
Gerald V. West was born in Glens Falls, New York in October 1919. His family owned a farm of about 140 acres and West's...
Robert Templet was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in September 1920. At the age of five years old, his family moved to...
[Annotator's Note: Interview begins with the interviewer introducing himself.] Harold Whitaker was born in Henrietta,...
James Muri joined the Army so that he could become a pilot. Growing up in Montana Muri did not see many airplanes. He...
Burton Johnson was born in Providence, Rhode Island in May 1920. His parents delivered groceries to families even...
Philip Schweitzer cannot think of many other lighter moments than the ones he's already mentioned. He remembers one...
[Annotator's Note: This segment begins with Harold DeForest talking to the interviewer about his son in law who was...
The next morning, 5 June [Annotator's Note: 5 June 1942], Fred Bergeron had breakfast then went to his plane. When they...
By the time they [Annotator's Note: Harlan Twible and the others in his group of survivors of the USS Indianapolis (CA-...
[Annotator's Note: Jack Glass served in the Navy aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6) as an aviation radioman in Fighting...
Norman Hatch remained on Iwo Jima for the first 18 days of the battle. He was flown off on D plus 18. Hatch flew off...
Walter Broll and the Grace Abbott left Bari, Italy and headed for the ocean. Broll and the deck crew secured the...
After combat on Tinian ended and the island was secured, Ira Schilling was sent to Hawaii. First, however, he reported...
Gerald West spent 1944 in an OSS [Annotator's Note: Office of Strategic Services, the pre-runner of the CIA] training...
Walter Nelson used to fly out into the fog near the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. Sometimes he flew underneath the Bay...
[Annotator's Note: Billy Grieves served in the Navy aboard the submarine USS Thresher (SS-200).] The boat [Annotator's...
The day the affair took place [Annotator's Note: the Battle of the Philippine Sea on 19-20 June 1944] they had not had...

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