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Margaret Brewer Henry remembers prosperity after the war. There were more jobs and people had money for cars and other...
As a kid, everything James Gooch knew about the military was through movies. As an adult, he stopped in a shop on base...
Although Leslie Aigner knows that war is wrong, it must be fought when there is injustice on the opposite side. People...
Jack Carver thinks the youth of today have no idea of the type of war the Second World War was. The movie is good [...
Floyd James Reissig does not think the war changed him too much but helped him grow up. It did not affect his marriage...
Before joining the Marine Corps, Hilar Moore had never been more than 100 miles from his home [Annotator's Note: in New...
Linda Hope saw the tremendous feelings her father had toward service people and those that worked so hard to give back...
Mary Edwards saw the world change dramatically as a result of World War 2. It was important to all the nations of the...
Melvin C. Whitman had to figure out how to work with the Army when he landed on Okinawa [Annotator's Note: Battle of...
In 1959, Arles J. Doss went on vacation in California and took pictures and videos. While in Switzerland, he took...
Jane Biestek remembers buses of sailors passing by the window of the Ford factory. She would dance with them at night....
Vernon Grimes has lost two wives since the war, but never cried over them, despite loving them dearly. He believes his...
When the war ended, Edward G. Willette had 60 of the 85 points [Annotator's Note: a point system was devised based on a...
Edward "Babe" Heffron was looking forward to reuniting with a couple of broads [Annotator's Note: females] upon his...
Dabney Montgomery returned home and learned quickly about the persistence of segregation in his homeland. The G.I. Bill...
Ralph Hopkins and his ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Louisville (CA-28)] left China for Okinawa. From there, the ship...
When Timothy Mahoney got to the 449th [Annotator's Note: 449th Bombardment Group, 47th Bombardment Wing, 15th Air Force...
After surviving ditching [Annotator's Note: in a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber], Edward Field returned to his...
Wallace McKay caught a merchant ship back to the United States. It took six weeks to make it back and he was only given...
After Marvin Raymond Graham was released from the hospital [Annotator's Note: in Wendling, England], he was sent to a...
Kassal was born in Harlem, New York on 28 February 1917. His parents were Polish immigrants. At a young age, his family...
On 25 March 1938, the Greek freighter Steve Pisanos got a job aboard steamed to Oran, Algeria, in North Africa. He...
Joseph Armanini was assigned to bombardier school. He wanted to be a bombardier because as a bombardier you saw action...
Connick and the USS Lander [Annotator's Note: APA-178] brought supplies to Naha Beach on Okinawa. At one point they...
Connick recalls the atmosphere of New Orleans during the war. He remembers men being replaced by stars in the window [...
Helen Anderson Glass was stationed in Florida at Opa-locka [Annotator's Note: part of Naval Air Station Miami]. She...
Edward G. Willette was in Verviers, Belgium, and wrote home quite often. One of his letters described how, when the...
In 1936, Ralph F. Lafferty's oldest brother decided to join the military and worked with the CCC [Annotator's Note:...
Ray Anthony was born in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania on 20 January 1922. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He left his...
It was during the Great Depression that Milton Muelder and his brother went to Germany to study in 1930 and 1931. At...
Burt Richard Sadler turned 15 years old in 1940. Not long after, he started experiencing German bombing raids. Sadler...
Masaji Inoshita was born in central California. At an early age he moved down to the Santa Barbara area. His father had...
Dawn Higgins Murphy [Annotator's Note: the daughter of Andrew Jackson Higgins, the owner of Higgins Industries in New...
Jack Carver remembers shrapnel landing on his neck as being his most memorable experience of World War 2. [Annotator's...
Backing up to the time when Rose Bayuk first arrived in London [Annotator's Note: London, England], she relates how the...
Melvin C. Whitman thinks the servicemen who returned [Annotator's Note: from World War 2] were able to teach their kids...

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