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Ernest Jackson was born in Sumter, South Carolina. His family migrated [Annotator's Note: Great Migration, or Black...
Lloyd Geist was born in New Orleans [Annotator's Note: New Orleans, Louisiana] in July 1921. His family moved to Houma...
George Allen was sent to Lincoln, Nebraska to train on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress very heavy bombers with Combat...
Ernest Jackson received his draft notice. He did not know if he was going to qualify. He was amazed he passed that day...
Anderson Wilson enlisted in Jackson, Mississippi in September 1942. He went to Camp Shelby [Annotator's Note:...
[Annotator's Note: William Nesser was in training aboard a commercial transport vessel when the Japanese attacked Pearl...
John Caudle did not have a lot of notice when he was called to active duty. He came home after work one Friday and had...
Lloyd Dendy and his brother went to Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego, California by train. When they arrived in San...
They [Annotator's Note: Robert Jones and his fellow aviation cadets at Maxwell Field, Alabama] did a lot of night...
After finishing Army Air Forces basic training in Miami Beach, Florida, William Ebersole was sent to Nashville,...
Eugene Vaadi enlisted in the US Army Air Forces at age 20 and was sent to Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Alabama for...
John Bellecci completed engineering training at Clemson [Annotator’s Note: Clemson College in South Carolina]. He...
Walter Sapp went to Camp Walter, Texas for basic training. He did not want to be drafted and did not want to go into...
[Annotator's Note: Floyd Stahl was assigned to the minesweeper USS Sway (AM-120).] On the troopship over [Annotator's...
Amelia Taylor discussed the developments of the war while she was in high school. It was very real to them. They...
Joseph Haines was not worried about going overseas. Everything was new to him and he got to see things he had never...
Floyd Annas graduated from advanced pilot training in Marfa, Texas [Annotator's Note: Marfa Army Airfield] on 23...
After pilot training, Homer Myers got his commission. He went to Tampa, Florida and started his B-17 [Annotator's Note...
Carl Beck joined the Army at 17 in November 1942. He was born in 1925. He had been working with his father during the...
Delbert Wombacher was at Camp Campbell, Kentucky [Annotator's Note: now Fort Campbell, Kentucky] doing some military...
[Annotator's Note: Floyd Horne enlisted in the Army Air Forces at Chanute Field in Champaign County, Illinois in July...
After Marine Corps boot camp, Arthur McHardy was sent to Seattle, Washington to a Navy yard as an MP [Annotator's Note...
William Larson always got caught doing something en route. After he was inducted at Fort Crook [Annotator's Note: now...
Ewalt "Walt" Shatz was born in April 1923 in Visalia, California. During the Great Depression, his father worked for...
John Morrow was born in April 1924 in Marksville, Louisiana. It is a small town and he knew almost everyone in town. He...
Clifford Smith was at home reading a comic book and listening to the radio on 7 December 1941 when the news of the...
Calvin Elliott decided he wanted to try and be an airplane pilot. He was fascinated by the B-25s [Annotator's Note:...
James Fitzmorris did not have much college education when he enlisted. He was studying business but wanted to be a...
[Annotator's Note: John Paul enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1942 and was called to active duty in February 1943.]...
Leon Bass voluntarily entered the military. He was in a movie theater when he heard about Pearl Harbor [Annotator's...
James Fitzmorris was inducted into the Army in New Orleans, Louisiana and sent to Camp Beauregard [Annotator's Note: in...
Theodore E. Skinner, Sr. was born in May 1921 in the Bronx, New York City [Annotator's Note: New York, New York]. After...
Helen Gagel was sent to Texas to an Army Hospital at Fort Brooke, Texas. She was sent from there to Chickasha, Oklahoma...
After Marshall Burnett's induction at Camp Shelby [Annotator's Notes: Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Mississippi], he...
Wallace Yip, Sr. went to England and the Germans were sending the V-bombs [Annotator's Note: V1 Buzz Bomb, V-1 pulse...
Paul Bosworth and his crew flew their B-17 [Annotator’s Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] to Wales. The...

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