Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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Edgar Marion Cole was born in Dallas, Texas in 1925. His parents were poor and he had to help the family financially...
Harold Zeringer was born in Houma, Louisiana in 1922 and grew up in New Orleans. There were good neighbors and friends...
Maynard David grew up on a farm west of Topeka, Kansas. He went to high school in Silver Lake, Kansas and graduated in...
Michael Mervosh was born in Pittsburgh in 1923. The Great Depression taught him how to be frugal. At 18, he joined the...
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...
Rosemarie Weber was born in Saint Paul's Catholic Hospital in the Intramuros, the walled city in Manila, in the...
Judge James Gulotta was born in November 1923 and grew up in New Orleans. He went through the depression years which...
Keith Renstrom joined the Marine Corps on 13 June 1940. He went through boot camp in San Diego. He was raised on a farm...
Sumner Whitten was born in Newton, Massachusetts. After high school he went to Amherst College. In college he was in...
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...
William Douglas Lansford was born in 1922 in Los Angeles. His father was an Anglo from Texas and his mother was a...
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...
They [Annotator's Note: Leonard Brooks, his family, and the 600 other missionaries] arrived at Santo Tomas and spent...
When he was still 100 miles out from his carrier [Annotator's Note: USS Enterprise (CV-6)], the primitive radar in...
[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...
Dave Severance thought they would be sent home once they took the mountain [Annotator's Note: Mount Suribachi on Iwo...
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...

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