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After the Battle of the Bulge, Elmer Knudsen was deployed close to the Rhine River and was billeted in a private...
Gus Gikas was in India when he heard that the Germans had surrendered. Later, he heard of the Japanese surrender. Gikas...
In 1944, Daniel Crowley was a prisoner of war and worked as a slave laborer in a copper mine in Ashio, Japan. He was...
Lester M. Bornstein could not believe the war was over. He had been in the Army for two years. His unit [Annotator's...
Donelson Houseman was confident in his training. What worried him was that he did not know where he was. He was taken...
Byron Othello Wilkins was taught what to do if he became a POW but no one figured they would become POWs. They boarded...
In 1940, when Firman Balza was 17 years old, there was talk of mobilizing the military. He joined Navy Reserves in...
Oran Harris was 17 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was returning from Sunday school when a man called out...
Sammy Ray considers himself a Marine but he began his service with the Navy. Ray tried unsuccessfully to get a...
Sherwin Callander's parents gave their permission for their 19 year old son to enlist. He took a bus to San Diego,...
Joe Clapper remembers being on a date at a movie theater on Pearl Harbor Day. When he came out, newsboys were peddling...
Frank H. O'Leary was leaving his friend's house when he learned about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor [Annotator's...
Jackson Davis went to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to practice law. The Draft Act [Annotator's Note: Selective Training and...
Wayne Pierce and his regiment were moved to an airbase in the south of England in anticipation of the start of the...
Zhanna Dawson worked with a tuner to tune the orphanage piano [Annotator's Note: because of her playing talent, Dawson...
The Red Cross members in London tried to talk Holly Reynolds out of getting married overseas but there was a group of...
Having been shot down over France, James Armstrong was taken in by the French Resistance and was being kept in the town...
In addition to his weapon, Philip Schweitzer carried two pouches. Because of his rank as a sergeant, Schweitzer carried...
A friend of Henry Langrehr's, Jim McMillen, had been beaten up badly by a German guard with a club. The SS [Annotator's...
Zhanna Dawson was taken on a death march by the Germans and Ukrainian police [Annotator's Note: starting in December...
Edmund Durocher landed on Guadalcanal weighing 156 pounds and left weighing 126. He had no socks because they had...
By the end of January 1945, Carroll Knutson could hear the artillery fire in the distance as the Soviets advanced into...
Henry Langrehr had some near misses while evading recapture [Annotator's Note: after escaping from a prisoner of war...
At Pearl Harbor, Sherwin Callander was reassigned to the sea plane tender USS Wright (AV-1). The vessel carried men and...
Basil Woolf recollects that the Jewish organization that recruited him as a landing craft engine room operator after...
When in port, Thomas Payn said the Canadians interacted with American troops. He recalled one incident at a barroom in...
To Harry Quinn, combat was the closest thing to Hell that a person could experience. Sleep was disrupted at night by...
James Livaudais received replacements prior to the Battle of the Bulge. [Annotator’s Note: in December 1944] One...
Surviving the aerial attack on his B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber], Earl Williams and...
Ruben Weiner says that the Eyemo camera [Annotator's Note: Bell...
[Annotator's Note: Gerhard Franzky served in the Waffen SS as a communications officer in Headquarters, 22nd Regiment,...
Robert Rosendahl's squadron [Annotator's Note: 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group] was stationed at a gunnery...
[Annotator's Note: Anthony Costa begins this segment by discussing his transfer to Japan aboard one of the prisoner of...
Walter Jacobs thought that the Japanese were not normal people. They were fanatics. They were good at sneaking around...
A few days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Joseph DeMott saw the devastation. With five battleships sunk or...
Samuel Spector felt that the Kachins were on a friendly basis but not strictly military disciplined. It was more a team...

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