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Carrol Joy moved from England to France in July [Annotator’s Note: July 1944]. Afterward, his squadron would be in...
Nick Cristiano enlisted in the Army Air Corps because he wanted to be a pilot. He took the exams. He went to Greensboro...
When William Hussey graduated from high school he was too young to enter the Naval Academy, so he signed up for the...
Jack Buckner enlisted because he was patriotic. It was his duty. He always wanted to fly so it was a great opportunity...
For the first several months they were flying out of Bodney, they did not live on base. They lived in a hotel and were...
Benjamin Carson found that evacuating Makin Island was far more difficult that arriving there. The tide worked against...
In Norfolk, Virginia, Leo Praetorius was assigned to several different pilots. They were training up and down the east...
To Harry Quinn, combat was the closest thing to Hell that a person could experience. Sleep was disrupted at night by...
In September 1944, Francis Resta was attached to the 29th Infantry Division and he saw his first combat at Birgden,...
Richard Witaker was apprehensive about going ashore before Okinawa. He had seen his first indications of war while at...
As a sculptor, Fred Manasse worked on a piece of art for his sister, through which he meant to express the "horror of...
As a radar man, Ogden Saik was trained to destroy his equipment in the presence of an officer in the event of the ship'...
Robert Rosendahl's squadron [Annotator's Note: 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group] was stationed at a gunnery...
Mitchell Zimmer and the USS Snapper (SS-185) had multiple war patrols while using faulty torpedoes. Most of their...
John Kerner thought he would be taking part in the D-Day invasion [Annotator's Note: the invasion of Normandy on 6 June...
Fred Bronfin reported to Fort Schuyler in New York where he had a two month indoctrination. He was then sent to Norfolk...
Jack Taylor was temporarily assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) for two weeks when his ship [...
The first real fighter airplane Donald Bryan flew was the P-40D with the Merlin engine, not the Allison engine. They...
[Annotators Note: Frank Guidone joined the US Marine Corps in July 1940. After completing boot camp he joined the 1st...
At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: 7 December 1941], Richard Ryan was stationed at the naval...
The B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] bomber crews typically did not fly every day;...
In January 1945, Walter Douglas flew his last mission which was to Paderborn [Annotator's Note: Paderborn, Germany],...
William Ebersole feels that The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana is good tribute to the war and the people...
Walter Ram and his fellow crewmates had to wait for another airplane before continuing their bombing missions. A female...
Russell Gackenbach was a member in one of the 15 crews officially assigned to the 509th, 393rd Bomb Squad [Annotator's...
Roger Shaw boarded another ship after his assignment as captain of the Army transport. The ship had a radio operator...
The squadron [Annotator's Note: 840th Bombardment Squadron, 483rd Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force] traveled to Bangor...
Samson Alexander was the first black fireman in the Air Force. He was given a certificate from the Treasury Department...
Once the Americans had broken through St. Lo, Robert Gorman and the 557th [Annotator's Note: 557th Field Artillery...
Murphy Burke had been gone for two years when he got his first leave in April 1945. While overseas he had stayed in...
Roger Shaw wanted to ship out on a vessel that traversed the Mississippi River frequently. This would better enable him...
Robert Swan and three other guys in his squadron [Annotator's Note: Patrol Squadron 44 (VP-44)] rented a house. Each...
Charles Davis has many observations about the number 13, which he considers lucky nowadays. Davis described the evening...
Harry Watson went to Newport, Rhode Island [Annotator's Note: for Navy boot camp training], and couldn't understand why...
Bernice Haydu said her first solo cross-country flight in the AT-6 [Annotator's Note: North American AT-6 Texan...
David Yoho had his first voyage on a tanker shakedown trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia. After the shakedown, the ship went...

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