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Ralph Weymouth graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1938. He was 12 years and old living in northwest Seattle in 1929...
Charles Littig was selected for PT school following his graduation in December 1942 as a Navy midshipman at...
Jake Ussery enlisted in Monroe, Louisiana. He was in the Navy but lived in a barracks in Monroe. He trained in a small...
Wallace Jeffery entered service after receipt of his draft notice. He signed up at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. [...
James Newsom joined the United States Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was put on a train in New Orleans,...
[Annotator's Note: The interview begins in the middle of a story.] Benedict Bronder was told not to sign up as a...
Rollins Rosenzweig had a rough boot camp experience in San Diego. He did not complain but rather took it as it came. It...
After he was inducted into the Army, Joseph Simpson first went to Camp Wolters in Mineral Well, Texas for about three...
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...
Walter Ram went through basic training for the Army. He was discharged after a year in the Army. When the Japanese...
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...
Robert Fulton had been brought to Japan to be interrogated by the Japanese Navy general staff in a camp called Ōfuna....
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...
Joseph Daquarna and the USS Fulton (AS-11) went to Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands to participate in the atomic...
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...
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 (...
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...

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