Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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[Annotator's Note: Fred Bergeron served in the Navy as a rear seat gunner in a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber in...
When they reached the field hospital, Edmund Durocher was put on a stretcher in the mortar platoon area. At the bottom...
After a narrow escape from a deadly Japanese ambush, and a tragic friendly fire casualty that night, William Garbo and...
Trinidad Ledesma did not go by the name Trinidad while on duty overseas. He found out Trinidad meant gay people and...
Richard Witaker recognized that the life expectancy of platoon leaders was not very long on Okinawa. The Japanese would...
[Annotator's Note: James Goodrich served in the US Marine Corps as a machine gun section leader in the 27th Marine...
Michael Mervosh kept his binoculars in his pack the rest of the battle and he is thankful that he did. About a week...
When Frank Stewart's group arrived at the Tenaru River [Annotator's Note: actually, the Ilu River, on 21 August 1942]...
In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Everett Hyland did hear rumors of going to war. When out on their two weeks at sea, and at...
After he returned to duty, Lloyd Dendy had a case come up where a member had a death in the family. The Red Cross is...
Joseph Daquarna and the USS Fulton (AS-11) went to Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands to participate in the atomic...
Maurice Joseph Dugas, Sr. was a machinist mate and electrician on the USS Albermarle (AV-5). Their mission was to test...
When Company I came to the relief of a decimated Company K, George Peto, who served as a forward mortar observer,...
[Annotators Note: Robert Addison was a member of the US Marine Corps 1st Raider Battalion.]Edson [Annotators Note: US...
[Annotators Note: Frank Guidone served in the US Marine Corps as a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.]When they...
[Annotator's Note: Billy Grieves served in the navy aboard the submarines USS Thresher (SS-200) and USS Lizardfish (SS-...
Okinawa is something of a blur in Romus Burgin's mind. Unlike New Britain and Peleliu, battles from which he can...
Louis Conter enjoyed knowing both Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. He enjoyed Bob Hope the most as he was the serviceman's...
The first and only time Raymond Bailey ever came under attack was on 19 March 1945. They were 50 miles off the coast of...
Frank Pomroy estimates that the Japanese battleship bombardment [Annotator's Note: on the Marine positions on...
[Annotator's Note: Edmund Durocher served in the US Marine Corps as a radio telephone operator in Company H, 2nd...
In addition to class learning, such as communication and radio navigation, Maynard David and the other cadets learned...
Landing on Iwo Jima was not much different to Michael Mervosh and his men than some of their other amphibious landings...
Kenneth A. Lafleur talks about his missions in the Philippines. His unit [Annotator's Note: 408th Bombardment Squadron...
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...
Edward Chinnis enlisted in the Navy on 11 November [Annotator's Note: 11 November 1942] in Raleigh, North Carolina then...
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...
Jimmie Dyer entered the service in March 1944 after making a deal with his mother to finish high school. He was sworn...
The training Marines receive is to make sure that they are always ready. After boot camp, Keith Renstrom went into...
Harper Gruber found boot camp very rough, but very beneficial in terms of his physical conditioning. After school, his...
Clem Thrift's last combat assignment was off of Borneo. There was concern because Japanese soldiers were swimming out...
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...

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