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Grant H. Ichikawa was born in April 1919. His father had come to the United States from Japan. People from Japan were...
Church was born in Henryville, Utah. After high school he ended up going to Dixie College in St. George. He knew that...
Showers was born on a farm in Iowa. As a student, he remembers the Armed Forces recruiting students. The first station...
William Douglas Lansford was born in July 1922 in Los Angeles. His father was an Anglo from Texas and his mother was a...
Quintana was born in McComb, Mississippi on December 15th, 1921. McComb was a railroad town. The majority of the...
Tenney joined the National Guard in November of 1940. He joined to get his year of service completed before the draft...
DeMers was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin on March 3rd, 1915. He had 6 brothers and 6 sisters. All 13 lived to be to...
Renstrom joined the Marine Corps on June 13th, 1940. He went through boot camp in San Diego. He was raised on a farm in...
Charles Bishop was born in New Haven, Connecticut in November of 1920. The depression years were sketchy. His mother...
Monpat was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He went to E.D. White High School for one year then quit and went...
William Barnes was born and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi. After high school he attended Bowling Green Business...
Mack was born in his grandparent’s home. He lived there as an infant. When he got a little older his parents moved to a...
Robert Dale Rosendahl was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota in April 1921 and grew p in a small agricultural town....
Frank Stewart was in the hospital on Espiritu Santos. After about ten days, he decided to go down the hall to the...
[Annotators Note: Donald Hoff served in the navy as a rear seat gunner and radio operator on SBD Dauntless dive bombers...
Dupuy remembers times being hard during the Depression. They always had food to eat, but there were certain things that...
Wahlen was born in a farmhouse near Ogden, Utah. Soon after he was born his family moved to Ogden where they stayed...
Woods and the interviewer discuss the format for the interview.Edward Thomas Woods was born in 1927 in Manhattan, New...
Karr grew up in West Virginia in a little town called Mannington. His father and his relatives worked in the oil fields...
[Annotators note: Interview starts off in mid conversation about the format of the interview.] Richard Greer was born...
Dave Severance was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July 1919. His family moved to Colorado when he was very young. He...
The Laffey [Annotator's Note: US Navy destroyer USS Laffey, DD-724] had new radar and sonar equipment and that put the...
Harold Ward was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in April 1921. Ward had the life of a bastard growing up as he was...
Alex Vraciu was on a mission with a flight of 12 aircraft when he noticed five Zeros [Annotators Note: Mitsubishi A6M...
Ramage started his career in the US Navy aboard the Enterprise [Annotator's Note: USS Enterprise, (CV6)]. The non-...
James was born in North Texas in Aberdene. The town is no longer there. He lived there until he was 10 years old. His...
At 19 Thatcher finished high school and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps on December 3rd, 1940. Thatcher was sworn in...
Vejtasa and the interviewer are getting acquainted and set out how the interview will be conducted. The interviewer...
Crain was born in northern Louisiana. He grew up on a farm. During the depression everyone in his family had to work in...
Jones was born in Oregon. When he was 10 years old, 1 of his sisters contracted tuberculosis so his mother elected to...
Robert Akins discusses how the heroes were the ones who gave their lives 10,000 miles from home. Of the 120 men in his...
Mervosh was born in Pittsburgh on June 14th, 1923. He remembers dealing with the Great Depression. It taught him how to...
Kaylor was born in Highspire, Pennsylvania. He went to Highspire High School. K-12 was in the same building. A friend's...
Whitten was born in Newton, Massachusetts. After high school he went to Amherst College. In college he was in the glee...
Paul Hilliard believes the SBD Dauntless is much underrated and unfortunately much unrecognized. WWII books sometimes...

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