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Donald Witmer said the Japanese decided on a last-gasp attempt at interrupting the invasion of Leyte with three prongs...
William Braddock signed up for Marine paratrooper training after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He returned to San Diego...
Just before Christmas 1943, Harry Koukos landed in the Naples-Salerno area of Italy and while disembarking, a German...
As they neared Iwo Jima, James Salerno and the others were told that it would not take more than a week to take the...
Since Richard Nummer had been separated from his original unit [Annotator's Note: Weapons Company, 28th Marine Regiment...
Kenneth Killilea left Maui and traveled by LST [Annotator's Note: Landing Ship Tank] to Saipan. The Japanese did not...
Joseph LaNier had no training or explanation concerning how to perform as a Seabee [Annotator’s Note: Seabee is a twist...
Benjamin Carson had never heard of Iwo Jima before he was told that the Marines would be invading that part of Japan....
After boot camp, Angelo Ciotta was sent Camp Pendleton, California for advanced training. He left there in October 1944...
Saipan was a bigger island then Tinian so it required a different kind of fight. After Tinian, Michael Mervosh felt...
Adolph Wilson and the 5th Marine Division assaulted Iwo Jima [Annotator's Note: on 19 February 1945]. The island was...
James Moshovitis' ship [Annotator's Note: USS Cecil (APA-96)] arrived off the shores of Iwo Jima when the Allies were...
Harry McCauley and PC-800 stayed in Hawaii for about a month after their initial deployment to the Pacific. McCauley...
Waldeman Czaban's first experience bringing in casualties was disturbing. He thought about how young the wounded...
John S. Johnson and the Marines on Wilkes Island followed their routine after the initial Japanese aerial assault on...
Jack Skaggs was on Wake Island on 23 December 1941 when the Japanese launched their amphibious invasion of the island....
Roland Chaisson volunteered for the Army when he was 17. He didn't like the Navy and the Marine Corps sounded too tough...
Orville Bethard was attending Washington High School when he learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in...
Allen Horton was commissioned out of midshipmen's school in Chicago, Illinois, and proceeded to Scouts and Raiders...
As a torpedoman on the USS Conyngham (DD-371), William Anderson's general quarters station was the starboard torpedo...
After Sicily, Floyd Dumas went to Salerno. The fighting there was not much different than it had been in Sicily except...
[Annotator's Note: Michael Mervosh served in the USMC in Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine...
Walter Halloran was sent to Korea after the conflict started up there [Annotator’s Note: the Korean War started with...
Harley Reynolds and his unit were given a specific assignment. The planners were aware that their beachhead was...
On 1 April 1943 Raymond Wells boarded a troop train to New York where they went aboard a ship. His brother Irwin, who...
Harley Reynolds and his unit trained for Sicily on an incredibly rocky shoreline. The shore they actually landed on in...
Melvin Dahlberg and the 517th Parachute Regiment Combat Team [Annotator's Note: 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment] went...
During the overseas voyage Frank Mancuso was in charge of checking the tie downs, therefore he had privileged access to...
Van Barfoot recalls difficult times when they landed in Southern France. He was a platoon leader and had been promoted...
Leonard Lomell and the rest of the 2nd Ranger Battalion loaded the channel steamers a day or two before D-Day [...
William Dabney and the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion flew their balloons from the ships. Dabney was responsible for...
Gerald West was transported from Tulagi to Guadalcanal aboard the USS Colhoun (APD-2). The USS Colhoun was sunk while...
[Annotator's Note: Edmund Durocher served in the US Marine Corps as a radio telephone operator in Company H, 2nd...
Richard Higgins occasionally wants to forget what he has seen. Higgins remembers being on Cape Gloucester hiding behind...
Frank Stewart stopped to see one of his brothers in Oklahoma on his way to Boston when he returned to the United States...

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