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Maynard David grew up on a farm west of Topeka, Kansas. He went to high school in Silver Lake, Kansas and graduated in...
Lucy T. Elliot was born in 1924. Her father was Dennis Toups. There were five girls and two boys in the family. Her...
Ira Milan was born in November 1922 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He grew up during the Great Depression, which was very...
James Moshovitis was born in March 1925 in Washington, D.C., the only son of three children born to Greek immigrants....
Adam Istre was born in 1927 in Lake Arthur, Louisiana, but the family moved to a farm outside of Gueydan, Louisiana...
They [Annotator's Note: Leonard Brooks, his family, and the 600 other missionaries] arrived at Santo Tomas and spent...
Daniel Szafran emigrated to Palestine in 1946 after surviving the Holocaust. The King David Hotel was bombed by the...
As a kid from Nebraska, Kenneth Marshall was not aware of the hazards of sun exposure in the south Pacific, and he was...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Samuel Spector felt that the Kachins were on a friendly basis but not strictly military disciplined. It was more a team...
John Raaen and a portion of the 5th Ranger Battalion were detached and under the command of Sullivan [Annotator’s Note...
Edward Shames met the chief of the Dutch Undeground, John Van Kuijk, during Operation Market Garden in September 1944....

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