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John W. Towle flew his first missions over flying bomb sights in France. [Annotator's Note: The V-1 rocket bomb and V-2...
Harper Gruber found boot camp very rough, but very beneficial in terms of his physical conditioning. After school, his...
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...
Leroy Fadem experienced his only occasion of seasickness on the shakedown cruise to Guantanamo aboard the USS Stevens (...
When they were pulling into port in Luzon with 600 men aboard, Ben Skardon said that Lieutenant George Coburn, Skardon'...
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...
Harry Carlson does not recall his first mission target. The B-29s [Annotator’s Note: Boeing B-29 Superfortress very...
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...
Following the end of the war, Patrick Russell flew in other carrier squadrons [Annotator's Note: after Composite...
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...
Harry Watson described the daily routine of the Segundo [Annotator's Note: USS Segundo (SS-398)]. They would surface at...
During one impending Japanese air raid, John Alison jumped into the group commander's upgraded airplane and immediately...
John Nicholas's ship, the USS Gayety (AM-239), participated in submarine chasing in the Pacific. He set the depth...
Revis Haslett went to Miami, Florida for the trip overseas around the middle of November [Annotator's Note: November...
After basic training, Leo Praetorius completed a radio course and was slated to become a radio operator on a ship. At...
Since the unit Gus Gikas led was intended to replace another unit in India that had been deployed for two years, their...
Norman Hatch finished his photography training in New York City sometime in April 1942 then returned to Quantico,...

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