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Anthony Varuso left New Orleans for his basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes [Annotator’s Note: near North...
Joseph Brannan was sent on a train to San Diego, California for boot camp after he enlisted in the United States Navy....
Mitchell Zimmer attended boot camp at Newport, Rhode Island. He went to special training in San Diego. He was assigned...
Michael Mickey Ganitch enlisted in the Navy, scored well on tests, and was sent to San Diego for boot camp. He...
William Epperson reported to Camp Wolters [Annotator's Note: in Mineral Wells, Texas] and found that many of the men...
Zeno St. Cyr received his draft notice, but he found that he was rejected during his physical examinations because of...
Edwin Knight was drafted at Camp Robinson in Arkansas and put on a train traveling west. After a cold and uncomfortable...
Harold Lightell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1923. Growing up was wonderful in New Orleans. He loved the...
Lawrence Brooks was drafted in 1940 and went for basic training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. By November [Annotator's...
Norman Riggsby was drafted. He then went to an examination. Afterward, he went to a reception center in Michigan. From...
After he was inducted into the Army, Joseph Simpson first went to Camp Wolters in Mineral Well, Texas for about three...
Lewis Guidry had difficulty leaving his wife and son when he entered military service. He had moved them in with her...
George Linker was offered service in multiple branches of the military when he signed up for duty. He said he wanted to...
Floyd Dumas' father worked for the New York Central Railroad in Malone, New York as a boilermaker. Dumas had three...
James Matthew Weller was born in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana in July 1922. Before the war, he attended college....
Walter Halloran had never thought about joining the military until the attack on Pearl Harbor. He knew no one who had...
Odell Wallace Vaughn was born in December 1921 in Greenville, South Carolina and grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina...
William B. Hughes knew he wanted to be a soldier when he first saw his brother in uniform. He eventually joined the...
Chester Strunk was recruited and enlisted [Annotator's Note: in June 1942] but then told to return to college and await...
Russell Gackenbach had his Army Air Forces basic training in Florida. There were not enough uniforms for the recruits...
David Fisher reported for active duty on 23 December 1943 at Camp Beauregard [Annotator's Note: in Pineville, Louisiana...
John Raaen attended West Point. His father was a career officer who graduated from the Military Academy on 1 November...
James Armstrong continues describing his experience in the small French village of Vaux-sur-Seine, where he had been...
Oscar Otto Martin remembered that on his first day in combat, they were scheduled to attack at two in the afternoon,...
Joseph Yourkavitch was captured on 16 December [Annotator's Note: 16 December 1944]. It had started out as a normal day...
[Annotator's Note: Robert Rosendahl served in the USAAF as an aircraft mechanic with the 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th...
James Armstrong had bailed out of his B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber], which was shot...
Alois Kopp was in the water for nine hours before being picked up by Japanese [Annotator’s Note: After his ship, the...
Robert Fulton and eight survivors of the USS Houston (CA-30) swam to Java after they abandoned ship and were captured...
[Annotator's Note: Emil Schoonejans served in the Navy aboard the submarine USS Burrfish (SS-312) and was rated a...
Lowell Hughes got new uniforms when he returned to Fort Devens [Annotator's Note: Ayer and Shirley, Massachusetts]. He...
One of the chiefs saw Jack Yusen again at the opening of the Taffy 3 memorial and asked Yusen if he remembered him....
William Laubner was assigned to fly overhead cover on a mission near Berlin, Germany. The other portion of the fighter...
Frank Mancuso crossed the Volturno River prior to Monte Cassino. His unit gathered in a courtyard to refuel their...
Michael Mervosh kept his binoculars in his pack the rest of the battle and he is thankful that he did. About a week...
Harold Baumgarten continues his description of American firepower [Annotator's Note: during the D-Day invasion of...

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