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Keith Kiefer got his ground radio maintenance training in Biloxi, Mississippi, at Keesler Air Force Base. Kiefer then...
Roland Chaisson was born in 1924 in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He went to high school there and played football until he...
Norris Bucksell was born in August 1921 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Valena C. Jones Elementary School. He...
Carl Landwehr was born in 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His family never had a lot of money, but they never really...
Irma Darphin was born in Orange, Texas in August 1922. Her family moved to Crowley, Louisiana when she was one year old...
Abner Aust was born in Scooba, Mississippi. He took civilian pilot training in college. When he finished he went to...
Frank Faust was born in January 1916 in New Orleans [Annotator's Note: New Orleans, Louisiana]. His father worked for...
[Annotator's Note: Philip Whitman joined the Navy on 18 August 1937.] Whitman really enjoyed the Navy and had a hard...
Jimmie Dyer went overseas on a ship that was designed as a tanker. It was a sorry piece of machinery. It was a tough...
James Fitzmorris was pulled out of the combat engineers and placed into transportation at Camp Beauregard [Annotator's...
John Morrow was very angry about the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor so he joined the Army. It was a done deal...
[Annotator's Note: The tape cuts and then comes back to William Albright in midsentence.] In Wendover [Annotator's Note...
Heavyweight champion Joe Louis [Annotator's Note: Joseph Louis Barrow, professional boxer] joined the Army. Samson...
Ryan O'Brien was sent to March Field [Annotator's Note: now March Air Reserve Base, Riverside County, California] for...
Norman Bussel’s pilot wanted him and the engineer, [Annotator’s Note: Staff Sergeant William Peters, top turret gunner...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer asks about Dr. Rothacker Smith, a medic in the Medical Section, 2nd Battalion, 366th...
Vernon Brantley went to Europe on a British ship manned by sailors of all nationalities. They got two meals a day. The...
Frederick Ellis was born in Amite, Louisiana in October 1924. His father's business failed in the Great Depression and...
[Annotator's Note: There is some informal talking between the interviewer and interviewee at the beginning of the tape...
In Normandy on D-Day [Annotator's Note: Allied invasion of Normandy, France on 6 June 1944], Gale Ammerman left his...
George Hardy always considered himself a fighter pilot. The bigger guys were being trained to be bomber pilots. He only...
After leaving Scott Field [Annotator’s Note: now Scott Air Force Base, St. Clair County, Illinois], Norman Bussel was...
Omer Van Huylenbrouck was drafted. They gave him a heavy coat. He had tried for the ski troops. They were on their way...
Daniel Samuelson enlisted in the Army Air Corps and went to Texas for basic training. In high school, he did alright...
Arthur Pendleton was friends with Johnny Rivers. Pendelton was in 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, which was machine guns....
Simon Braitman went to Rochester [Annotator's Note: Rochester, New York] and entered high school right away. He...
Coming back to the United States was better than going over for William King. King did not like the regimentation of...
After gunnery school Norman Bussel went back home on furlough. It was strange for him as he felt he would go and enjoy...
[Annotator's Note: The video cuts in and out and is hard to hear at times. Questions and answers are often...
By May 1944, David R. Saunders had joined the Army and was sent to Camp Beauregard [Annotator's Note: in Pineville,...
Stewart W. Robinson was born in March 1925 in Liverpool, Pennsylvania. One of 16 children, he grew up on a farm. Times...
Jimmie Dyer went through infantry training at Camp Pendleton, California. When he landed at Guadalcanal, where the 6th...
Lowell Hughes crossed the Atlantic from Norfolk, Virginia to Oran, Africa. The weather was great for the trip. They...
Joseph Roman was in Africa for a few months before going to Naples, Anzio, Apennines – all over [Annotators Note: Italy...
James Fitzmorris grew up in Depression-era New Orleans, Louisiana in the Irish Channel neighborhood. They did not know...
Robert Payne's father was a flyer in World War 1. He had his own biplane after the war, and they would fly together....

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