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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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
Joseph Simpson experienced snow and rain during the Battle of the Bulge. The men who fought in Bastone told Simpson...
Daniel Szafran was already a member of the Palmach [Annotator's Note: "storm troops," the elite force of the Haganah,...
Harvey Segal reached the French coast. He had to board a landing craft after taking off his 80 pound pack. The timing...
Samuel Jenkins does not remember hearing the fire fight in the next town over because of all the shelling in his...
[Annotator's Note: Daniel Farley served in the Army as a rifleman in Company A, 5th Ranger Battalion.] The 29th...
Glen Jostad describes his terrible experience during eight days transit from one Stalag to another. The cramped boxcar...
Walter Ram and his fellow crewmates had to wait for another airplane before continuing their bombing missions. A female...
Robert Marovelli clearly remembers being in the bathtub on 7 December 1941, when the announcement came over the radio...
Romus Burgin and the men of the 5th Marine Regiment shipped out from Melbourne in September 1943 and were stationed for...
Henry Malec, along with three or four other men, was transported by truck to his first combat experience. It was very...
Around the second week of September [Annotator's Note: September 1944], Milton Moxon and the 94th Infantry Division...

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