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James Odom was excited to travel into the unknown, leaving home on a Greyhound bus bound for Dallas, then taking his...
Robert Oplinger left Fort Pierce, Florida training [Annotator's Note: as a member of Underwater Demolition Team 21 (UDT...
Curtis Brooks knew the Americans were approaching the Philippines. In 1944, the Japanese military posture in the...
Odell Vaughn fought through North Africa and Italy with the 178th Field Artillery Battalion. He was promoted to the...
After fighting through France and Luxembourg, Henry Feldman crossed the Rhine River on pontoon bridges at Cologne,...
Robert Oplinger joined the Navy, went through boot camp, and then was trained as a member of an underwater demolition...
Robert Curl entered the Navy never having been very far from home. It was to be a different experience for him. He...
Mary Edwards began working for the Army at Higgins Industries when she was 16 years old. She had finished high school...
John Raaen and his company [Annotator's Note: Headquarters Company, 5th Ranger Battalion] had a mission to proceed to...
William McCool engaged in his first combat near Mersch, Luxembourg. His regiment [Annotator's Note: McCool was a member...
Warren Schmitt and the USS Savo Island (CVE-78) sailed for their first enemy encounter at Peleliu Island. Despite...
Around five on the morning of 6 June 1944, Eveline Peardon and her family were awoken by the sound of heavy artillery...
When he was drafted, Weldon Fruge wasn't excited about leaving his home and family, but he traveled to Fort Knox,...
Waldeman Czaban received his draft notice soon after he graduated high school in January 1943, and left home for boot...
Leo Terrebonne was born in Westwego, Louisiana in 1923, the third of three children. Both of his parents were Cajuns. [...
Thomas A. Tizzard Jr. was born in July 1924 in Echo, Louisiana. His family owned a farm and in 1938 they moved to New...
Edwin Henlebin was born in 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri, and lived there his entire life, except for when he was in the...
James Weller picked the Army for enlistment because his father had served in World War I in a submarine. The submarine...
John Raaen and the men around him were ready to get on with the job that they were trained to do. They were tired of...
Howard Ricks and the 4th Marine Division completed the battle of Roi-Namur in a few days. Many of the casualties were...
John LeBure went to work at Higgins Industries after his uncle suggested that he apply there. His uncle was a policeman...
George Joseph Bertucci and the USS Mississippi (BB-41) were first attacked by Japanese suicide aircraft in the Lingayen...
After Leyte, Harper Gruber's vessel [Annotator's Note: USS YMS-339] took part in the second invasion [Annotator's Note...
Walter Halloran spent his first night in France in an apple orchard [Annotator’s Note: Halloran had landed that morning...
Basil Woolf left Mers-el-Kébir and went to a place called Digelli. He left the landing craft [Annotator's Note: LCH-269...
Paul Amrod made a combat landing at Inchon, South Korea, where the occupation took place without a shot fired. His...
Joseph LaNier had a close call on Okinawa while driving a truck. The LST [Annotator’s Note: LST—landing ship, tank] was...
Robert Oplinger participated in several battles before Okinawa. It took three months for the United States for defeat...
Frank Kubiak went to North Africa with his ship [Annotator's Note: USS Tillman (DD-641)]. They were on the receiving...
Arthur Staymates had crossed the beach and felt he had reached safety when he made it to the cliffs [Annotator's Note:...
Earl Tweed arrived in England and was assigned to the basic set-up of the 29th Infantry Division. He remained in...
Michael Wilford Boos remembered how awful the trip across the Atlantic Ocean was on the troop transport. The convoy...
Dave Severance was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July 1919. His family moved to Colorado when he was very young. He...
John Curtis Spencer said his first job in the Pacific was to escort a destroyer up to Lingayen Gulf, and the USS Formoe...
Robert Curl took part in Operation Tiger to practice landing operations at Slapton Sands in England. On the morning of...

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