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While Sterling Mace was positioned north on Okinawa, he would look south and see what appeared to be, and sounded like...
Wallace Hurley seldom knew where he was when he was in combat. He entered France and fought there before crossing into...
Upon reaching the port in Cherbourg, France, Henry Malec saw remnants of ships all around. He did not have time to...
Elisabeth Bolster and her husband left Bremerhaven for America. There were four tier bunk beds on the ship. There were...
Vernon Alexander and the 103rd Infantry Division [Annotator's Note: Alexander was a member of Company H, 2nd Battalion...
Luna Kaufman had to pack just one valise for her transfer out of the ghetto [Annotator's Note: the Cracow ghetto was...
Ernest Gross, a prisoner at Kaufering [Annotator's Note: Kaufering; subcamp of Dachau; Landsberg am Lech, Germany],...
Around Christmas [Annotator's Note: Christmas 1944], Charles Murray learned that people in the hospital were being sent...
Lawrence John Lejeune graduated from Merchant Marine training in Saint Petersburg, Florida in May 1944 then was shipped...
At about 6:30 or 7:00 in the morning, Arthur Seltzer went over the side of the ship to enter his landing craft. He was...
On the night of 5 June 1944, Oscar Otto Martin went into town to celebrate his birthday with friends. On his way back...
Arthur Staymates was too young to be frightened by the impending D-Day invasion [Annotator's Note: on 6 June 1944]....
David Olson landed on Utah Beach on D plus 1. Part of his command was on another ship, the Susan B. Anthony [Annotator...
Walter Halloran hit the beach and saw many men die as soon as the ramp was dropped [Annotator’s Note: he was assigned...
There were a lot of cases where there were no NCOs [Annotator's Note: non-commissioned officers]. Roland Chaisson says...
As Edward E. Boyles and his platoon [Annotator's Note: at the time, Boyles was serving as a platoon leader in Company B...
Nathan Taffel and his brother were forced by the Germans to leave their labor camp and begin a death march. The weather...
Mildred Aupied worked on three Liberty ships at Delta [Annotator’s Note: she was a welder at the Delta Shipbuilding...
Gabriel Spinelli began his active duty in March 1943. His basic training took place in Sacramento at a facility that...
Harry Carlson finished his training in Great Bend, Kansas [Annotator's Note: Great Bend Army Air Field in Great Bend,...
Walter Halloran landed in a small English town with his company and their equipment in preparation for the invasion [...
Waldeman Czaban’s unit went to Kawaii, the Hawaiian Islands, and helped develop the fledgling base. The Seventh...
Howard Genrich had an accident while disassembling a .50 caliber machine gun. His finger was caught in the bolt and he...
When he was drafted, Weldon Fruge wasn't excited about leaving his home and family, but he traveled to Fort Knox,...
Right after Passover in 1944 [Annotator's Note: after 14 April 1944. The Germans occupied Hungary in March 1944.], Eva...
Russell Hoff found the food horrible in the Bad Orb POW [Annotator's Note: prisoner of war] camp. The potatoes were...
The caravan of trucks that took Hugh Colbert and the men of the 106th Infantry Division to the front lines stretched as...
Seymour Mermelstein encountered civilians in some of the small towns they went through. [Annotator's Note: Mermelstein...
Gabriel Spinelli didn't go home immediately after the war's end but it wasn't long before he was shipped to India for a...
Before Elmo Espree got on the ship for deployment overseas, his group of black soldiers was lined up first on the...
Peter Somogyi met Dr. Mengele [Annotator's Note: Dr. Josef Mengele, also known as the Angel of Death] while he was in...
Waldeman Czaban received his draft notice soon after he graduated high school in January 1943, and left home for boot...
Chafer Honea was in his senior year of high school and many people were being drafted. Students were allowed to...
Joseph Arbour went on an outfit ship with 20 other boys to meet up the USS Portland (CA-33). It took 13 days to finally...
Near Christmas of 1944, Thomas Ard Sylvest's unit [Annotator's Note: 302nd Fighter Control Squadron, 7th Fighter...
Obie Wickersham was born in March 1925 in Oklahoma. One of the legacies of his father's World War 1 service was...

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