Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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Jack Glass was interviewed prior to this for a show about the Enterprise [Annotator's Note: USS Enterprise (CV-6)]. The...
In addition to his weapon, Philip Schweitzer carried two pouches. Because of his rank as a sergeant, Schweitzer carried...
Wanda Damberg and her fellow internees witnessed three young men from their group attempt an escape [Annotator’s Note:...
When on the P-34 ship that pulled them out of the ocean, William Leibold and the other survivors of the Tang [Annotator...
Billy Grieves talks about the eulogies he gives for friends who have passed away. He has officiated a number of...
Benjamin Carson found that evacuating Makin Island was far more difficult that arriving there. The tide worked against...
Edmund Durocher landed on Guadalcanal weighing 156 pounds and left weighing 126. He had no socks because they had...
Arthur Pendleton does not recall to much more about Cape Gloucester. There was nothing pleasant about it and he was...
When Ira Schilling and his unit [Annotator's Note: Company B, 1st Battalion, 18th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division...
[Annotator's Note: William Leibold served in the Navy as a Chief Boatswain's Mate and made all five war patrols aboard...
Richard Witaker was apprehensive about going ashore before Okinawa. He had seen his first indications of war while at...
Lawrence Brooks followed the war while he was in service. One of the islands he was on had Japanese pillboxes. The...
Lieutenant Babe Meeks informed William Garbo and the men of G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 112th Cavalry Regiment, that the he...
Leonard Brooks got up to go to school on Monday [Annotator's Note: 8 December 1941] morning and that is when he and his...
[Annotator's Note: Anthony Costa begins this segment by discussing his transfer to Japan aboard one of the prisoner of...
Glenn Frazier was in the Philippines on 8 December 1941 when the war started. [Annotator's Note: The date difference is...
When Maynard David went home for the first time his wife kept it to herself. She wanted to have time alone with him...
Claude Shannahan got out of the Marine Corps and returned to Mount Clemens, Michigan. His father owned a bar and...
Returning home and being discharged from the Marine Corps was bittersweet for Edgar Cole. At the time prejudice was...
Louis Conter was located between the USS Arizona (BB-39)'s turrets three and four during the attack. With the terrible...
Walter Jacobs thought that the Japanese were not normal people. They were fanatics. They were good at sneaking around...
William Leibold wonders if the Tang [Annotator's Note: USS Tang (SS-306)] is still a tomb. The Tang was apparently...
Raymond Bailey was not a Catholic but he went to Father O'Callahan's services [Annotator's Note: Captain Joseph T. O'...
William Pierce hated the Japanese before landing on Okinawa. Propaganda influenced his animosity. His feelings were...
Wanda Damberg has informed her children that she does not want any of them to own Japanese cars. They own cars from...
[Annotator's Note: Maynard David served in the USAAF as a bombardier on Boeing B-29 Superfortress very heavy bombers in...
In Harold DeForest's platoon there were two squads of machine guns and three squads of mortars. There were about 12 men...
Edmund Durocher had been in Headquarters Company but was transferred out ten days before they left New River [Annotator...
Charles Womack saw many civilians on Okinawa. The civilians would bow as the Marines passed by them. Womack's unit [...
[Annotators Note: Frank Guidone joined the US Marine Corps in July 1940. After completing boot camp he joined the 1st...
[Annotators Note: Frank Guidone served in the US Marine Corps as a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.] While...
[Annotator's Note: James McEnery served in the USMC as a rifleman in Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st...
John Singlaub had expected that his team would lead an attack on a German garrison, but a competing Communist...
When Calvin Barrick was going to submarine school in New London he signed up for the navy’s V12 program which was...
Harold DeForest fought in World War 2 because he loves this country and felt that it was worth fighting for. His...
Harold Bergbower learned to appreciate life and Uncle Sam as a result of his experiences in World War 2. He has felt...

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