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There were just a few Americans assigned to Samuel Spector's OSS Detachment 101 outfit. Some came and went, but there...
Edward Stone and the USS Bumper (SS-333) joined Submarine Squadron Five in the Philippines. The squad was classified as...
After going aboard they were given some soap and a half a towel [Annotator's Note: Raymond Bailey and many of the other...
[Annotator's Note: Edgar Cole had been drafted into the US Marine Corps and was on his way to Camp Lejeune, North...
Robert Walter had 40 men under him during the Battle of the Bulge. He never had a problem with that. While he was in...
Clarence Schilperoot returned home by train after reaching the United States. He had a reunion with his parents upon...
Richard Witaker spent six months in China with the 6th Marine Division after the war. He returned to the United States...
Harold Berkman was still in Austria on 20 May [Annotator's Note: 1945] when his outfit [Annotator's Note: Company F,...
Julian Siebert was taken by his German captors to Stalag XII-A. As far as he could see, there were just American...
Robert Fulton was not interrogated while a prisoner in Japan except at Ōfuna. The people of Java were very hostile...
Jack Skaggs and his fellow POWs [Annotator's Note: prisoner of war] from Wake Island were marched about five miles to...
Glen Jostad learned while being a prisoner of the Germans that everything is valuable. He managed to create a trap for...
Jack Skaggs saw several POWs [Annotator's Note: prisoner of war] accidentally killed by the electrical wire surrounding...
Josephine Pescatore prayed when Cardinal Spellman gave a talk to a large group of troops before she went overseas....
The worst aspects about Hugh Colbert's prisoner of war experience included his uncertainty regarding the future, the...
James Downing and a group of boot camp comrades signed up together for the USS West Virginia (BB-48). At six years old...
Ben Skardon was first incarcerated at Camp O'Donnell [Annotator's Note: former American military reservation on Luzon,...
John McConn and Ganyo were given the duty of guarding a bridge. [Annotator’s Note: the spelling of Ganyo’s name is not...
James Gaffney got into trouble in Cartagena [Annotator’s Note: Cartagena, Colombia]. Some of the crew was driven in a...
At the first prisoner of war camp, Pearson Riddle had to work hauling earth and material in a giant cart. Riddle did...
On the way to Okinawa, Joe Clapper answered a call on the ship's horn for all those wounded on Peleliu to appear...
Richard Boyd was wounded on 22 January [Annotator's Note: 22 January 1945]. His Purple Heart was awarded for frozen...
Oran Harris said the Americans went first by sea in pursuit of the Japanese that had retreated into the mountains of...
[Annotator's Note: Daniel Farley served in the Army with Company A, 5th Ranger Battalion.] Ranger training was hard....
Edwin McAuliffe remembers everyone having a Victory garden during the war. The McAuliffes also had chickens. McAuliffe'...
Zhanna Dawson and her sister reached the rail station after a 25 kilometer walk [Annotator's Note: the two girls had...
Wilbur Rogers' ship [Annotator's Note: USS Foote (DD-511)] and crew were preparing for the invasion of Japan, but the...
Traveling back to the United States, Joe Clapper said they had a mixed complement aboard ship; there were many Navy...
Arthur Davis said former President George W. H. Bush was pulled out of the drink and stayed on his carrier [Annotator's...
Sterling Cale was assigned to recover the dead from the Arizona [Annotator's Note: USS Arizona (BB-39)] after the...
Tom Quigley remembers the inefficiencies of the Red Cross and its volunteers and the impractical attitude they took...
Vernon Alexander feels The National WWII Museum is important. He has made four trips to the Museum and brought his...
Jack Beverstein had a good career with the FBI [Annotator's Note: Federal Bureau of Investigation]. His most memorable...
When Edward LaPorta was in North Africa they wore a combat suit. At night they put on heavier clothes because it gets...
Troy Edwards was an Aviation Metalsmith 2nd Class, an AM2c, while in the Navy. That rate in the Navy may no longer...
To Frank Fontana, going to Paris a week after the city's liberation was the most memorable wartime experience. The trip...

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