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Arthur Jackson had been influenced by Marine pilots and wanted to fly. At the recruiting office he took the aviation...
Henry Bourgeois was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He first flew when he was about seven years old. After...
Billy Grieves was born in Liberty Center, Ohio. At a young age his parents moved the family to Detroit, Michigan for...
Charles McGee was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1919. After third grade he moved to Illinois. He also spent some time in...
Carl Peterson was born in Foraker, Oklahoma. He had three brothers and a sister and when his mother remarried he got...
Richard Scheerer was born in December 1915 and grew up in Kansas City [Annotator's Note: Kansas City, Missouri]. His...
[Annotator's Note: The interview begins with the interviewer explaining what he will be doing during the interview....
[Annotator's Note: Interviewer is setting up the interview and it begins with small talk about the war.] Arthur...
Roland Chaisson was born in 1924 in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He went to high school there and played football until he...
Arthur Pendleton was friends with Johnny Rivers. Pendelton was in 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, which was machine guns....
Lavenia Breaux wanted to go in the service after Pearl Harbor. She always had a dream of traveling and realized the...
Roland Chaisson volunteered for the Army when he was 17. He didn't like the Navy and the Marine Corps sounded too tough...
James Goodrich wanted to join the Marine Corps as soon as he saw his first Marine Corps poster. He also enjoyed the...
When the Battle of the Tenaru River ended, Lieutenant Port recommended Frank Stewart for the Navy Cross but the captain...
Claude Shannahan joined the Raiders because he wasn't tall enough to be a paratrooper and because he liked the name. He...
Arthur Jackson was born in Cleveland and grew up in Canton, Ohio. His father was a watch maker and eventually ended up...
Dave Severance remembers the Marine Corps having 18,000 men at the time of his enlistment. He made corporal four times...
Masaji Inoshita asked the man [Annotator’s Note: the man who helped Inoshita’s family when they were being interned]...
Wagner grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. She attended high school and college in there.Her father was a ladies tailor. He...
Chuck was born in Long Island, New York in 1917. He believes that things were going better during the Great Depression...
Donald (Don) Malarkey tried to get into the Marine Corps right after the attack on Pearl Harbor but was turned down...
Clarence Anderson was interested in flying from a young age. Lindbergh [Annotator's note: American aviator Charles...
Loevsky was born on Long Island, New York. He was 1 of 3 children.His father worked in a bronze factory. He was a young...
Connick was born in Mobile, Alabama on 27 March 1926. He moved with his family to New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of...
Sabol was born in 1924 and knew when the war broke out that he would have to serve in one branch or another. He chose...
Kalil grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana during the Great Depression. He was one of nine children, six girls and three boys...
Interview begins with the interviewer stating that Senator Inouye is and always will be the most influential Japanese-...
Rankin did not shoot down Gunther Rall [Annotator's Note: Luftwaffe/West German Air Force Ace Lt. Gen. Gunther Rall]...
Blanchard was born in Yonkers, New York. He moved around quite a bit as an employee of General Motors.He came from a...
Barney Old Coyote was born in April 1923. He spoke the Crow language growing up. Old Coyote was raised by his...
Quintana was born in McComb, Mississippi on December 15th, 1921. McComb was a railroad town. The majority of the...
Henderson begins the interview stating that he wouldn't be there if not for the actions of B-24 crewman.Henderson's...
Schmedemann was born in Junction City, Kansas where he grew up and attended high school. He went to Kansas State...
Charles Bishop was born in New Haven, Connecticut in November of 1920. The depression years were sketchy. His mother...
Monpat was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He went to E.D. White High School for one year then quit and went...
Holloman was born in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1924. His father worked for the US Postal Service from 1919 until 1969.As...

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