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Harley Bridger was a radio operator. He learned to use a lead ball to help with his radio transmitter. The B-24 [...
[Annotator's Note: Henry Bourgeois served in the USMC as a pilot flying Vought F4U Corsair fighter aircraft with Marine...
Norris Gwin was based on Midway Island in early January 1944. His squadron [Annotator's Note: Marine Scout Bombing...
C. Charles Collie rejoined his ship [Annotator's Note: USS Blue (DD-744)] after it had become part of the screening...
[Annotator's Note: Charles McGee served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot with the 302nd Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter...
Anthony Varuso thought highly of the natives on the island of New Guinea. Even though their clothing was minimal, they...
Vernon Cummings' first battle station [Annotator's Note: aboard USS Indiana (BB-58)] was below deck in the powder room...
Harold Berkman and Company F [Annotator's Note: Company F, 2nd Battalion, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry...
When Cleveland Peterson arrived in India there was a culture shock. There was also a physical shock as many of the men...
Dabney Montgomery arrived in Bari, Italy in January 1944. It was the day after a heavy German bombardment. There were...
Edward Tipper and a band of paratroopers captured a key crossroads location without the use of any automatic weapons...
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...
Enrique Cervantes flew about 25 missions over Europe. Although he classified those missions as uneventful, they were...
For most of George Beaugh's missions his crew would fly at 25,000 to 27,000 feet. On one mission they flew at 32,000...
Arriving on the island of Tinian, Jones and his crew are immediately told to fuel and arm their plane in preparation...
Lloyd Guillory had two eventful missions he would never forget. On a mission before he reached Ie-Shima, Guillory flew...
Harry Carlson does not recall his first mission target. The B-29s [Annotator’s Note: Boeing B-29 Superfortress very...
George Hood's B-29 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-29 Superfortress very heavy bomber] had its nose wheel strut struck by a...
Harold Buell and his fellow "Cactus Airforce" pilots searched the Slot for enemy ships. The enemy had Zero [Annotator's...
The USS Twiggs (DD-591), according to Donald Witmer, was then assigned to Roger Peter 2, a radar picket station, which...
Bob Miksa [Annotator’s Note: Robert Miksa] received the Silver Star, Bronze Star with an arrowhead and the Purple Heart...
After being promoted to captain and finishing his last bombing mission, Jack Buckner left his group [Annotator's Note:...
Following the end of the war, Patrick Russell flew in other carrier squadrons [Annotator's Note: after Composite...
John Morrow does not really remember his first mission as a radio operator on a B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17...
By the time the United States dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Robert Leese had completed his...
Jack Lengsfield says that although he thought about the moral implications of bombing cities, he had no qualms and...
Thomas Ard Sylvest landed on Iwo Jima, Japan shortly after the United States had secured the island. His squadron [...
Herbert Heilbrun believes in the power of prayer. On his fourth mission, Heilbrun was flying with 36 airplanes in nine...
Rollins Rosenzweig was part of the aircraft carrier naval air cover for the invasion of Iwo Jima. [Annotator's Note:...
Prior to jumping on D-Day [Annotator's Note: Allied invasion of Normandy, France on 6 June 1944], some of the fellas...
John Moran and the 87th Infantry Division chased the Germans after leaving Ormont, Germany and arrived in a nearby...
Around the time Paul Dietzel flew his first mission, General Curtis LeMay had gone to the Pacific to take over the 20th...
Around five on the morning of 6 June 1944, Eveline Peardon and her family were awoken by the sound of heavy artillery...
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...
Jack Sanders took off unusually early on the day of the Normandy invasion [Annotator’s Note: 6 June 1944]. It was...
David Olson landed on Utah Beach on D plus 1. Part of his command was on another ship, the Susan B. Anthony [Annotator...

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