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Billow was born in Millersburg, Pennsylvania. Growing up during the depression was rough, they did not have much. His...
Lazarick was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1923. In those days Camden was a nice city with many large manufacturing and...
Clarence Anderson's friend Jack Stacker joined the Air Corps a year after him. Jack was a P-38 pilot and was killed on...
Lou Brissie's father really wanted him to finish college. Mr. Mack [Annotator's Note: Cornelius McGillicuddy, Sr., or...
After Quintana went through boot camp, he came out feeling like he could fight anyone. They prepared the men in boot...
David Paul Spencer applied promptly but they were not taking people [Annotators Note: for officer candidate school, or...
McClellan and two other people were selected to take the guns down to Paris. On the train ride down he was with a...
Bailey checked in with his draft board and was put on a bus to Camp Croft. He told the army recruiter that he wanted to...
Kassal enlisted in January of 1942 and was assigned to the Army Air Forces. He was sent to Camp Upton at Yaphank, Long...
The young men [Annotator’s Note: at the Florida Army Air Corps base] were very eager once they learned some of the...
Stegmeier was told that he had shrapnel on his lung and that his feet appeared to be frozen. One doctor wanted to...
Lou Brissie's Uncle Robert was around the same age as he was and was more like a brother to him. Robert was already in...
McNeil went into the service on the 5th of February 1943. Her first posting was to Davis Martin Field and Air Force...
Ettlinger ended up going to high school for 4 years and when he graduated, he and every other fellow male student...
Connick recalls the atmosphere of New Orleans during the war. He remembers men being replaced by stars in the window [...
Crump stayed in the shipyard for the better part of a year. They had launched about 14 ships. The launching details had...
After getting his orders, George Hardy went straight to Keesler Field, Mississippi. That train trip was an eye opener....
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer asks Leon Grunte to talk about August 1944.] He received an invitation from the...
Robert Payne graduated OCS [Annotator's Note: Officer Candidate School] as a Second Lieutenant and his father gave him...
When Clarence Carlson was assigned to England he had no idea what it would look like. The English were very good to...
Melvin Abadie spent two weeks in Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to the USS Appalachian (AGC-1). He was not connected to...
Gordon Tadewaldt recalled that he wanted to join the Navy because he wanted to fight like the rest of his friends. He...
Frederick Ellis had a roommate at Tulane [Annotator's Note: Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana] named Eddie...
Anderson Wilson arrived at Camp Forrest, Tennessee [Annotator's Note: Tullahoma, Tennessee] where he did not do...
[Annotator's Note: There was an odd tape break and the conversation starts mid-sentence]. Theodore Skare was aboard the...
[Annotator's Note: Leon Griffith was guarding the Florida Keys as a member of the 155th Infantry Regiment, 31st...
Joseph Silvia was stationed in Tezpur, India as a teletype operator [Annotator's Note: with the 1347th Army Air Force...
[Annotator's Note: It appears that a question was asked during the tape break regarding what supplies were received in...
Robert Jones was a late replacement pilot and went overseas in a convoy. It was so rough that for three days, they did...
[Annotator's Note: Frank Purvis was in New York when he heard the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii...
Alan Moskin went to Syracuse [Annotator's Note: in Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York] when he was 17 and got his...
Martin Brignac went into the service on 5 June 1941 and went to Camp Callan, California for basic training. Most were...
Norman Bussel went to Florida to be assigned to a B-17 [Annotator’s Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress] crew. The pilot...
The first saltwater trip John Campbell made as a US Merchant Marine [Annotator's Note: Campbell regularly does not...
Francis Hurd was born in Woodhall, New York to parents who were farmers. When he was 16 years old he was forced to quit...
Robert Guitard was drafted after graduating from high school [Annotator's Note: in 1945]. He went to Fort Williams [...

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