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Randall Edwards was born in July 1917 near Pine Bluff, Wyoming. His family lived on ranches in various parts of the...
Mickey Montalbano was born in 1927 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but from the time he was one year old, he lived in Baton...
Robert Leese was born in February 1923 in Manheim, Pennsylvania, one of six siblings. When he was four years old, the...
Thomas Payn was born in June 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts, the only child of his Canadian parents. The family moved to...
Gerald Abbenhaus was born in January 1920 on a farm in northeast Nebraska. He went to Bloomfield High [Annotator's Note...
William Beaman was born in October 1924 in Dayton, Ohio, the only boy of three children. His father died when he was...
Phillip Candella was born in 1913 in Eunice, Louisiana, and grew up during the Great Depression. His family lived in...
Armiger Jagoe was born in April 1921 in Okolona, Mississippi and moved to Gulfport, Mississippi when he was two years...
Paul Lefever was born in September 1920 in Strasburg Township, Pennsylvania, the youngest and only son among the three...
Harold Shook was born in April 1920 in Portland, Oregon, one of two children born to his mother, who died when he was...
Frederick Grun was born in March 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the youngest of four children. His father was an...
John Hever was born in 1924 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He was the second of four children and the only boy....
Francis Neilson was born in October 1925 in Tacoma, Washington. His parents divorced when he was a toddler, and his...
Clyde Kenney was born in August 1924 in Cumberland, Maryland. His mother and father were divorced, and Kenney and his...
Carl Marca was born in March 1918 in Sheffield, Pennsylvania. His parents moved around a bit before settling in...
Benjamin Schleider was born in Brenham, Texas in 1921. His grandfather was a successful businessman and was very...
Wayne Lebsack was born in July 1925 in Great Bend, Kansas. He and his two sisters grew up in Galatia, Kansas where his...
Robert Rans was born in Chicago, Illinois in April 1921. Family life was mostly normal until the war started. He worked...
Martin Brignac was born in November 1921 in Lutcher, Louisiana. He only lived there the first year and then moved to...
Paul Pizzolongo was born in February 1923 in Bronx, New York. His father picked numbers for the bookies and his mom did...
Lester Caplan was born in 1924 in Baltimore, Maryland. As the son of a traveling salesman, he felt his childhood was "...
Louis Massengale was born in February 1926, and spent his first five years in Goodwater, Alabama, living with his...
Jerome Fatora was born in July 1925 in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. He grew up there and when the draft age was lowered...
Donald C. Morrison was part of the 2nd Infantry Division, 38th Infantry Regiment, Company K [Annotator's Note: Company...
Leo Praetorius was born in October 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where his father worked in a haberdashery. His...
Bernard Smith was very comfortable as an armorer gunner. He and his crew got along very well. They were ecumenical....
Harold Long was born in January 1926 in Lawrence, Kansas. He grew up in southern Illinois during the Great Depression...
David T. Morgenthaler reported to Langley Field [Annotator's Note: now Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia] in...
Frank Biondo left New York [Annotator's Note: New York, New York] for Newport News, Virginia and shipped to Glasgow,...
It took a good month for Joseph Blouin to fly from West Palm Beach, Florida to England. The captain checking them in in...
William Burrus shipped overseas to Europe on a slimy, English boat [Annotator's Note: 17 October 1944]. They had boiled...
George Hardy's father persuaded him to not join his brother in the Navy because of the race problem. He would be...
Keith Kiefer was not sure that college was the right path for him. He considered going into the service. He and two...
William Ebersole was born in September 1924 in Arcadia, Florida. He graduated from high school there in June 1942 then...
Archibald Rackerby joined the Marine Corps on 27 December 1941 and went to boot camp in San Diego [Annotator's Note:...
On 11 July 1944, George Colburn and two others went into the Federal building in Boston [Annotator's Note: Boston,...

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