Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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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...
Oran Harris maintains that after having walked for 67 days, 2,000 people from the Bataan Death March were transferred...
Samuel Malta and his company [Annotator's Note: Anti-Tank Company, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division] in...
[Annotator's Note: This clip begins with Frank Stewart showing the interviewer some newspaper clippings that had been...
Stewart Bass was excited and nervous to fly his first combat mission. He soon calmed down, followed his training and...
Lloyd Guillory had two eventful missions he would never forget. On a mission before he reached Ie-Shima, Guillory flew...
Harold Buell and his fellow "Cactus Airforce" pilots searched the Slot for enemy ships. The enemy had Zero [Annotator's...
[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...
Keith Renstrom and Amagony [Annotator's Note: unsure of spelling; on Iwo Jima] looked at each other and gave each other...
[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 "R.V." Burgin served in the United States Marine Corps as a mortar section leader in...
Joe Clapper was in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines [Annotator's Note: Company K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine...
After Ira Schilling and Company L, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment hit the beach at Tarawa, Company L split up and...
One of the Japanese jumped out of the tank [Annotator's Note: on Tinian] and Keith Renstrom shot him. He was awarded...
Having been rescued from his ditched aircraft at the Battle of Midway, Tony Schneider was taken first to Midway Island...
William Garbo first entered a combat zone in an Army DUKW [Annotator's Note: an amphibious truck, referred to as a Duck...
Kenneth Killilea and the 4th Division returned to Maui from Tinian. There was a big luau and then training started...
Arthur Pendleton was happy to get off of Cape Gloucester. They were there during the monsoon season. It was a terribly...
After they were liberated, Thomas Crosby's mother wanted to return to the United States. They were able to sail on a...
While Richard Keller was in Miami he got a phone call from a major asking if Keller wanted to go to the Command and...
[Annotator's Note: James Allen served in the Navy as a Fireman 2nd Class in the submarine service and was aboard the...
Dale LeBlanc went to boot camp in San Diego. Marines who went to boot camp in San Diego were referred to as Hollywood...
George Peto produced some paintings and pieces of propaganda that were based on his unit during battle in the Pacific....
Norman Hatch does not think of his experiences on Tarawa or Iwo Jima continuously. Rather, his experiences flood back...
Ira Schilling is a proud American and a proud veteran of World War 2 and thinks that the existence of The National WWII...
Once William Garbo returned to G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 112th Cavalry Regiment, he resumed command of his machine gun...
John Singlaub was in Denver, Colorado commanding a Readiness Region when he was asked to go overseas once again. [...
A call went out for volunteers and Battery H, 11th Marine Regiment sent five people to the front to help out. Three of...
Edward Bale spent the first night on Tarawa sleeping next to a disabled LVT [Annotator's Note: Landing Vehicle, Tracked...
Thomas Crosby gives his wife all the credit for his breakthrough with is post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. He...
Richard Witaker faced many hardships on Okinawa. Troops suffered from fatigue resulting from tension and lack of sleep...
Rollins Rosenzweig was part of the aircraft carrier naval air cover for the invasion of Iwo Jima. [Annotator's Note:...
[Annotator's Note: James McEnery served in the USMC as a rifleman in Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st...
Sidney Philips remembers the whole platoon being sent away to Lejeune. Most of the men were put into the 1st Regiment....

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