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Arthur Pendleton does not remember who was in the hole with him [Annotator's Note: during the Battle of the Tenaru...
Archie Maltbie and his outfit [Annotator's Note: the 388th Fighter Squadron, 365th Fighter Group] began flying missions...
Earl Williams recounts his experiences as an assistant crew chief assigned to a B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17...
When John Curtis Spencer got back to the United States [Annotator's Note: in May 1942], he reported to sub chaser...
Lewis M. Lee, Sr. said his ship was anchored off Enewetak Atoll when the atomic bomb was being tested. Their ship was...
Clarence Herbert Weatherwax rose through the ranks quickly [Annotator's Note: while assigned to Fort Shafter as an...
Jack Taylor was called to active duty in December 1942 and sent to pre-flight training at the University of Iowa. From...
Robert Oplinger joined the Navy, went through boot camp, and then was trained as a member of an underwater demolition...
Bernard Friedenberg had his basic training at Fort Hancock. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he was working with his...
Frank Hartzell was a good student and maintained his high school deferment. After graduation, he entered the ASTP [...
From the Rhine River, Guy Leefe, Jr. advanced to the Weser River. The airmen were all 21 or 22 years old and had no...
Kaliste Saloom assisted downed Allied pilots escaping from occupied Europe through Spain and Portugal. Franco [...
[Annotator's Note: Charles McGee served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot with the 302nd Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter...
Upon reaching the port in Cherbourg, France, Henry Malec saw remnants of ships all around. He did not have time to...
Archie Maltbie’s first mission from England was against a French railroad bridge. Several pilots missed the bridge but...
James Weller picked the Army for enlistment because his father had served in World War I in a submarine. The submarine...
Jack Taylor was well pleased flying F6F [Annotator's Note: Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter aircraft] fighter planes. The...
When the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor was broadcast, Gilbert Howland was in his barracks at Fort Clayton on the...
Prior to the battle near Oradour-sur-Glane, John Singlaub experienced a German Heinkel 111 bomber attack. The aircraft...
Elisabeth Bolster was home during Kristallnacht [Annotator's Note: the "night of broken glass" when Nazis attacked...
From Saint-Marcouf, France, Reuben Weiner went to Cherbourg with the 2nd Infantry Division. His unit slept where they...
Paul J. Frisco's regular watch station aboard the USS Cushing (DD-797) during the first year or so he was aboard was in...
James Gaffney felt the Okinawan civilians were glad to see the Americans. They hung around the camp all the time. They...
After the war, Robert Mayes returned to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee and got his degree. He then...
Looking back, Dale Peterson feels honored that he participated in the 2 September 1945 surrender of the Japanese. At...
James Gaffney reveals how the PT Boat reacted to rough seas. Included is an explanation of how the bilge pumping system...
Robert Fisch does not feel that Eichmann [Annotator's Note: Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann] originally...
When Astley Blackwell got in the water he realized that his life belt had a hole in it. He grabbed a keg which had come...
Freeman Dyson was an admirer of the pre-World War 1 physicist Henry Moseley. The British Army was all volunteer until...
At Dusseldorf, the Rhine River is about the same size as the Mississippi River. Guy Leefe, Jr. and his fellow...
Ralph Hopkins felt people thought that World War 1 was the war to end all wars. Yet, there will always be someone like...