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When Martin Richard was inducted into the service, he could choose his branch of service. You could not volunteer, you...
Henry Bourgeois was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He first flew when he was about seven years old. After...
Andrew Kiniry went for his physical on 8 August 1942. Shortly after his induction on 22 August at Fort Dix, he traveled...
Charles Moore was born in Washington, D.C. on 14 May 1919. Growing up with five siblings, Moore had a twin sister....
Archie Maltbie was called up by the air force in January 1943. After going through the selection school in order to...
Lowell Brueland had a normal flight training. He graduated in September 1942 and was assigned to the 20th Fighter...
William Laubner went to Fort Dix, New Jersey after entering the Army. He received basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky...
They had never seen rockets before they were attacked with them one day. A rocket hit Vincent Pale's B-24 [Annotator's...
William Laubner crash landed his airplane near an antiaircraft camp. It was not too long before he was surrounded by...
Wallace Jeffery entered service after receipt of his draft notice. He signed up at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. [...
Rollins Rosenzweig had a rough boot camp experience in San Diego. He did not complain but rather took it as it came. It...
Warren Schmitt was sent to San Diego after he was drafted. He had six weeks of training. Some of the young men could...
After five weeks of boot camp, Vernon Cummings was given leave and then reported for mechanical training at Great Lakes...
Michael Mickey Ganitch enlisted in the Navy, scored well on tests, and was sent to San Diego for boot camp. He...
Jack Brukman had not been anyplace before receiving his draft notice. He considered himself a mama's boy. Young...
Lloyd Duncan enlisted in the Navy. He had chosen the Navy because he wanted to fly. He was sent to Memphis, Tennessee...
Carrol Joy was erroneously given three sets of shots after swearing into the United States Army Air Forces. His first...
Walter Ram went through basic training for the Army. He was discharged after a year in the Army. When the Japanese...
After he enlisted, Carroll Knutson was evaluated and selected for training as a pilot. His training began at Maxwell...
Chester Strunk was recruited and enlisted [Annotator's Note: in June 1942] but then told to return to college and await...
George Hood discusses his entry in the United States Army Air Forces. He recounts his training experiences in multiple...
John Rogers was fighting on Christmas Day [Annotator's Note: 25 December 1944] during the Battle of the Bulge. They...
In June 1942, Fred Bergeron was told to pack his sea bags. He and the squadron [Annotator's Note: Bombing Squadron 3 (...
Jake Ussery boarded the Langley [Annotator's Note: USS Langley (CVL-27)] in the United States and joined in operations...
John Campbell was trained as a gun loader on merchant ships. In Great Britain, in 1943, air raids were still pretty...
Baptiste Puissegur was a staff car driver during the war. He liked the officers he served with. He enjoyed the duty...
While on Midway, Sumner Whitten's squadron was changed from VMSB-231 [Annotator's Note: Marine Scout Bombing Squadron...
To fill personnel losses resulting from accidents and combat, Richard Baile's crew was broken up. He was made the...
John Angier's 33rd mission was to Cologne, Germany which should have been a relatively short mission. They were hit...
James Siracuse was waiting to board the plane [Annotator's Note: for his 22nd mission]. One of his gunners said that he...
Donald Long and his squadron [Annotator's Note: Patrol Squadron 12 (VP-12)] were transferred to the group that became...
Reading, writing, and arithmetic were important to black people when Samson Alexander was growing up. They knew they...
Marigold McNeely was trained to work on the Bombe machine at Bletchley. It was mandatory to be at least five foot, four...
Freeman Dyson's friend Michael Laughlin [Annotator's Note: unsure of spelling] had been his roommate prior to going...
Early on 24 March [Annotator's Note: 24 March 1945], Jack Lengsfield was called into a briefing on what was to be the...
Irwin Stovroff was based in Shipdham Airfield outside of Norwich, England. Norwich was the central point for many of...

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