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Lewis Guidry had difficulty leaving his wife and son when he entered military service. He had moved them in with her...
John Singlaub enlisted in the US Army Artillery because he wanted the experience to supplement his infantry skills....
Jack Brukman had not been anyplace before receiving his draft notice. He considered himself a mama's boy. Young...
Walter Halloran had never thought about joining the military until the attack on Pearl Harbor. He knew no one who had...
Clayton Kelly Gross does not recall if the Messerschmitt he shot down off of the B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17...
Russell Gackenbach had his Army Air Forces basic training in Florida. There were not enough uniforms for the recruits...
The Army Air Corps had so many people in the system that they had to figure out what to do with them so they created...
Catherine Long had boot training in the Navy. Her parents had no objection to her joining the service. Her father was...
Thomas Murphy was drafted into the Army on 8 June [Annotators Note: 8 June 1944]. His father had worked as the...
After a narrow escape from a deadly Japanese ambush, and a tragic friendly fire casualty that night, William Garbo and...
George Spera's first wound in combat was a small injury to his left hand in November [Annotator's Note: November 1944...
In addition to class learning, such as communication and radio navigation, Maynard David and the other cadets learned...
Some of the primary targets Robert Whitcomb hit were marshalling yards, research facilities, and factories. They made...
Bob Miksa [Annotator’s Note: Robert Miksa] and his outfit [Annotator’s Note: the 745th Tank Battalion] fought through...
Tom Quigley recalls how when they were approaching Brest, he saw a soldier who was directing traffic get hit by an 88...
[Annotator's Note: George Kearney grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and was an employee of Higgins Industries from 1937...
The refrigerator did not work on the landing craft that carried Basil Woolf across the Atlantic. It was repaired, but...
After surrendering to the German soldier [Annotator's Note: see segment titled Shot Down Over Ludwigshafen], John Sacks...
David Roderick knew the true goal was to capture Cherbourg at the end of the peninsula which took until 25 June. It was...
George Spera first saw combat in September 1944. He was scared to death. Nobody had previous combat experience...
Vernon Alexander reached the Siegfried Line in Germany and found it to be sturdier than the Maginot Line. Entering the...
[Annotator's Note: Charles McGee served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot with the 302nd Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter...
When Cleveland Peterson arrived in India there was a culture shock. There was also a physical shock as many of the men...
Bryan’s preference for aircraft depended on where he was. The P-47 was a great aircraft at low level. The P-51 was a...
Kenneth Killilea and the 4th Division returned to Maui from Tinian. There was a big luau and then training started...
Fred Hirsekorn's battalion [Annotators Note: Company C, 25th Tank Battalion, 14th Armored Division] was made up of four...
It is George Kearney's opinion that the exhibits at the museum [Annotator's Note: The National WWII Museum in New...
Cleveland Peterson and the 59th Air Service Squadron left the United States for India with as much aircraft repair...
After leaving China, John Alison returned to the United States where he was to take command of a wing of P-38s [...
Francis Hurd's unit [Annotator's Note: Company B, 291st Engineer Combat Battalion] was responsible for keeping the...
For Robert Gorman, crossing the Roer River was a serious point in his combat experience. Both sides shelled heavily...
At about 6:30 or 7:00 in the morning, Arthur Seltzer went over the side of the ship to enter his landing craft. He was...
James Crane was waiting for D-Day in the war zone. They knew it was coming but did not know when. They had departed New...
For Bob Miksa [Annotator’s Note: Robert Miksa], D-Day was cold, damp and dark. H-hour was about 0630. Miksa and his...
John Howland had been involved in Operation Fortitude in deceiving the Germans before D-Day. They were not affected by...
There were a lot of cases where there were no NCOs [Annotator's Note: non-commissioned officers]. Roland Chaisson says...

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