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William Pierce went to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina following his tour in Hingham, Massachusetts. Because he had been...
[Annotator's Note: Mark Gordon Hazard, Jr. served in the Army as the commanding officer of Company E, 2nd Battalion,...
John Witmeyer served in five armies of the US Army through six campaigns in the European Theater of World War 2. He had...
During the assault on the port city of Cherbourg, France, John Witmeyer fought through to the end of town after door to...
As the American advance through the Pacific moved closer and closer to the Japanese mainland, enemy resistance grew...
When Harold Lightell arrived off the beaches of Normandy, alarms sounded on his ship. The 600 troops on the ship were...
Joseph Simpson advanced with his unit [Annotator's Note: Company C, 1st Battalion, 334th Infantry Regiment, 84th...
From there [Annotator's Note: the area around Bastone, Belgium], Sidney LaPook and his unit [Annotator's Note: 193rd...
John Nicholas first experienced an aerial attack on his ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Gayety (AM-239)] a few months...
As a child, Elisabeth Bolster sat on her father's lap while Munich was being bombed by the Allies. She was comforted by...
[Annotator's Note: James Kemp McLaughlin flew 39 missions during two combat tours in Europe in Boeing B-17 Flying...
John Alison's departure from Burma occurred when he was behind enemy lines. He left in a damaged RAF [Annotator's Note...
Elmo Bell fought out of Normandy and all the way across France. All maneuver elements of the army were assigned a...
After Lieutenant John Marr narrowly escaped a German ambush during the failed night assault on the west end of the La...
While in Burma, Herbert Auerbach saw American transport aircraft resupply Allied troops with airdrops. Bags of rice...
[Annotators Note: Fred Hirsekorn served in the army as a gunner, then tank commander, and finally tank platoon...
Being in charge of other people helped give Raymond Wells focus during combat, not leaving any time to be afraid. Wells...
Joseph Motil put the charge right against the door so it blew it in. There was a flame thrower operator with their unit...
Mahlen Arledge and the 81st Infantry Division were placed on ships that were destined for the island of Angaur. The...
Felix Polito participated in the Battle at Anzio. The 101st went in and had 165 men but only 5 or 6 survived. They were...
Floyd Dumas believes that they could have taken Rome if they had not been stopped. They were ordered to dig in and...
William Epperson received two Purple Hearts for being wounded. Epperson felt strongly that women in the service would...
John Pogue experienced his first combat in the Ardennes at an unknown location. He went in by glider. His glider and a...
James Weller volunteered as a gung-ho young man looking for trouble. He enjoyed his war years and the people he met....
William Pena traveled on the Queen Elizabeth over to England where he was given lots of food. Only one day he remembers...
By daylight, combat started again. Mark Gordon Hazard, Jr. and Swaney [Annotator's Note: Arthur Swanson from Boston,...
Sergeant Elmo Bell and the men of Company C, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division repelled all...
Harold Lightell moved into Germany after progressing through France with the 79th Infantry Division. Lightell could...
The assault of Attu went well as Stanley Wolczyk landed at Massacre Bay. It was unopposed on the beach. They went over...
While heading to the invasion of Iwo Jima, Richard Nummer's convoy of ships was joined by numerous ships at Saipan....
Sterling Cale was on night duty at the shipyard dispensary in the Navy yard before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He had...
Jack Leaming was launched off the deck of the Enterprise on the morning of 7 December [Annotator's Note: 7 December...
On the morning of 7 December 1941, Roy Boreen enjoyed an early breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast, he went to the...
Louis Conter started 7 December 1941 aboard USS Arizona (BB-39) in Pearl Harbor. It was his practice to substitute for...
Robert Templet believes that there was a lack of preparation for an enemy attack at Pearl Harbor during the weeks...

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