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Theodore Wessen and the USS Pirate (AM-275) went to Guam after that island had been recaptured by the United States....
After ten weeks of flying the BT-13 [Annotator’s Note: Vultee BT-13 Valiant two seat trainer aircraft], Calvin Moret...
Charles Womack and every other Marine on the island were fully aware that they were headed for Japan after the fighting...
Emil Schoonejans was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire when the war ended. They had been sent back to the United States for...
Perry Smith wanted to fly fighters. He joined the Air Force and was able to do so. He flew many different fighters...
Everybody knew what they were building there. Hans Courant was at Alamogordo for the bomb test since he had built some...
Adjustment to military life was only difficult at first for Ira Milan; for a couple of weeks he was lonesome, as were...
Major Cohn joined the Navy and originally thought of becoming a submariner. He mistakenly thought it would be romantic...
Michael Mickey Ganitch enlisted in the Navy, scored well on tests, and was sent to San Diego for boot camp. He...
John McConn was sent to Paris, Texas for basic training. That lasted about four months then he was sent to Kingsville,...
John Rogers was fighting on Christmas Day [Annotator's Note: 25 December 1944] during the Battle of the Bulge. They...
Harold Joslin was transported from Guam directly to Japan on the Argentina Maru. [Annotator's Note: Joslin had been...
Robert Fulton had been brought to Japan to be interrogated by the Japanese Navy general staff in a camp called Ōfuna....
To fill personnel losses resulting from accidents and combat, Richard Baile's crew was broken up. He was made the...
George Spera's first wound in combat was a small injury to his left hand in November [Annotator's Note: November 1944...
William Pierce tells the story of his duty on Guam while he was training for the invasion of the Japanese home islands...
Richard Baile's crew all thought alike. They were optimistic. None of them thought they would be shot down. Baile does...
Lloyd Guillory had two eventful missions he would never forget. On a mission before he reached Ie-Shima, Guillory flew...
Once William Garbo returned to G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 112th Cavalry Regiment, he resumed command of his machine gun...
Gustave Heinecke's ship [Annotator's Note: USS LCS(L)(3)–1] progressed from Boston, through the Panama Canal, to...
Richard Bennett mentioned that one incident stands out as a proud moment. Out of the 15 PT boats in the squadron [...
Russell Gackenbach was briefed either at 11 or 12 o'clock prior to the mission. [Annotator's Note: The mission being...
Marvin Hill had a famous bandleader aboard his ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Harry E. Hubbard (DD-748)]. Eddie Duchin...
Frank Kubiak and his ship [Annotator's Note: USS Vicksburg (CL-86)] went to the Philippines because it was stricken...
George Harrison Linker, Jr. was born in 1926 in Dover, Arkansas. He was the youngest of three siblings. Neither his...
George Scholes was born in Endeavor, Wisconsin, and had a typical childhood there with his three siblings. His father...
Albert Porche went into the service after Pearl Harbor was attacked. The armed forces were trying to recruit as many...
Norman Hatch remained on Iwo Jima for the first 18 days of the battle. He was flown off on D plus 18. Hatch flew off...
William Leo Spaetgens was pulled out of the Navy Armed Guard in January 1945. Many men were removed from that service...
After combat on Tinian ended and the island was secured, Ira Schilling was sent to Hawaii. First, however, he reported...
[Annotator's Note: Yukio Kawamoto served in the Army as a Japanese interpreter with the 37th Infantry Division in the...
After Michael Mervosh helped his wounded friends in the foxhole he realized that he had lost his hearing [Annotator's...
Frederick Hollis saw the mood of the country after Kasserine Pass as being very negative. With many ships lost at Pearl...
Ray Snyder graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Engineering Physics, and was commissioned in...
Paul Amrod arrived on the southern beaches of Okinawa to aggressive Japanese artillery fire. There was still heavy...
Richard Witaker was apprehensive about going ashore before Okinawa. He had seen his first indications of war while at...

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