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Archibald Higgins was in the Palau Islands with the mission of keeping those islands neutralized and flying missions to...
Charles Harrison said the war was over just in time, because none of the prisoners of war he was among could have lived...
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...
Harry Carlson stayed with his crew for the remainder of the war. The crew came from a wide range of states and...
Curtis Brooks arrived for duty in Korea at night. His unit [Annotator's Note: Headquarters Battery, 10th Field...
Everybody knew what they were building there. Hans Courant was at Alamogordo for the bomb test since he had built some...
[Annotator's Note: Thomas Ard Sylvest served in the USAAF with the 302nd Fighter Control Squadron, 7th Fighter Command...
Martin Brignac was building an airfield on New Guinea. The work was mostly just leveling the land. On Ie-Shima, Japan,...
When President Truman [Annotator's Note: Truman, Harry S., 33rd President of the United States] dropped the atomic...
Donald Lindquist, of the US Merchant Marine, was likely in Ulithi or the Philippines, when the United States dropped...
When the US Army Air Corps started closing down the bombardier schools in early 1945, Dracos Burke was reassigned to...
Adjustment to military life was only difficult at first for Ira Milan; for a couple of weeks he was lonesome, as were...
James Russo applied for and was accepted into Officer Candidate School after his Army basic training. He was then sent...
Major Cohn joined the Navy and originally thought of becoming a submariner. He mistakenly thought it would be romantic...
When Claude Taylor turned 18, he enlisted in the Navy. His father had been in the Army in France in World War 1. The...
Herbert Fontenot went to Camp Wallace, Texas for Navy boot camp. He had no problem with the weather but wearing boots...
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...
Clarence Carlson enjoyed Belgium. He was able to communicate better than he did in France. They had good-looking people...
Maurice Joseph Dugas, Sr. was a machinist mate and electrician on the USS Albermarle (AV-5). Their mission was to test...
Reading, writing, and arithmetic were important to black people when Samson Alexander was growing up. They knew they...
When Dracos Burke commenced his training as a bombardier, the war in Europe was progressing to a point where the U.S....
Benjamin Schleider was with the 6th Armored Division when it arrived in Buchenwald [Annotator's Note: the Buchenwald...
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...
Joseph Richard tries to forget the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese but he cannot. He can see it as plain as day...
Melvin Dahlberg finds it hard to point to one experience from the war that is the most memorable. The blast that...

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