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Wallace Yip, Sr. did his basic training at Camp Claiborne in Alexandria [Annotator's Note: Camp Claiborne, Rapides...
William Albright enlisted in the Army Air Corps because he wanted to fly, even though he had never flown before. He had...
[Annotator's Note: James Albert Kitts took his pre-induction physical in August 1943 after being drafted.] He did not...
Thomas Eakes had basic training at Ellington Field [Annotator's Note: now Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base] in...
At Camp Campbell [Annotator's Note: now Fort Campbell in Oak Grove, Kentucky and Clarksville, Tennessee], Frank...
Lionel Baxter trained on howitzers. They went through [Annotator's Note: training] in eight weeks because they were...
Basic training was normal for Henry Little. His training for building bridges involved alligators and snakes swimming...
Clyde Nordstrom went to Fort Snelling [Annotator's Note: in Hennepin County, Minnesota] and said he wanted to enlist....
Ellis Whaley does not remember where he had basic training. He was sent to California for special training. It was a...
Louis Liberato was sent to New Cumberland, Pennsylvania after being drafted. He was then sent from there to Fort Bragg...
Charles Slay was sent to Oregon after being drafted into the Army and was assigned to the 104th Infantry Division. They...
George Mitchell feels the training at Montford Point [Annotator's Note: Camp Montford Point, Jacksonville, North...
James Jordan took his basic training at Fort Lee, Virginia. It was night and day from his college military experience....
Walter Atwood worked for Boeing [Annotator's Note: The Boeing Company] for a couple of years and got deferments [...
Delbert Wombacher enlisted in December 1939 at Fort Crook, Nebraska [Annotator's Note: now Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha...
James Albert Kitts then went to Pembroke to Camp Lamphey [Annotator's Note: Camp Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, Wales, England...
Jack Rolfson born in September 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in the city, went to school, and would ride his bike...
[Annotator's Note: William Cart graduated flight training then was sent to Naval Auxiliary Air Station Miramar, in San...
When Martin Richard was inducted into the service, he could choose his branch of service. You could not volunteer, you...
Arthur Jackson had been influenced by Marine pilots and wanted to fly. At the recruiting office he took the aviation...
Jacklyn Lucas's uncle had been a Marine. He finished his eighth grade of school in June 1942. He overwhelmed his mother...
[Annotator's Note: Edward Kissam was in the US Merchant Marine aboard the SS Thomas Nelson Page. When he returned from...
Henry Bourgeois was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He first flew when he was about seven years old. After...
Archibald Rackerby was assigned to the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion. Colonel Liversedge [Annotator's Note: later US...
[Annotator's Note: Edward Nacey joined the US Army Air Forces and was sent to California in 1943.] He was so excited....
From the time Robert Doolan was ten or 12 years old, he wanted to fly. He was in high school and you had to have some...
Hewitt Brian Gomez was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in January 1925. He recalled that he was playing football at a...
Lee O. McKinnon was born in Valdosta, Georgia in August 1925. He was raised by his mother and grandfather and worked on...
Darrell Welch trained on twin engine aircraft. He was flying bombers in flight school and assumed he was going to be a...
Jump school training was intense for Jacques Brewster Smith. He did a lot of running and swinging exercise. He was...
Homer Myers flew the T-17 Stearman [Annotator's Note: Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Kaydet primary trainer aircraft] in...
[Annotator's Note: Newton Dana was born in 1924 in Trenton, New Jersey.] Newton Dana grew up with a large extended...
Otis Kight had his basic training for the Navy at Norfolk [Annotator's Note: Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia...
Donald Long would have preferred to be in the Coast Guard since a station was near his home. He enlisted in the Navy...
After receiving his draft notice [Annotator's Note: in April 1944], Thomas Houdek was sent to Camp Hood, Texas where he...
Isadore Bronstein received his draft notification in late 1942 or early 1943. He had thought he would not be called up...

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