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George Allen was sent to Lincoln, Nebraska to train on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress very heavy bombers with Combat...
Lloyd Dendy and his brother went to Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego, California by train. When they arrived in San...
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...
Joseph Haines was not worried about going overseas. Everything was new to him and he got to see things he had never...
Carl Beck joined the Army at 17 in November 1942. He was born in 1925. He had been working with his father during the...
John Morrow was born in April 1924 in Marksville, Louisiana. It is a small town and he knew almost everyone in town. He...
James Fitzmorris did not have much college education when he enlisted. He was studying business but wanted to be a...
James Fitzmorris was inducted into the Army in New Orleans, Louisiana and sent to Camp Beauregard [Annotator's Note: in...
Helen Gagel was sent to Texas to an Army Hospital at Fort Brooke, Texas. She was sent from there to Chickasha, Oklahoma...
Paul Bosworth and his crew flew their B-17 [Annotator’s Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] to Wales. The...
Nolan Albarado was in the Army but was cooking for the Navy in Hawaii. He returned home to the United States in 1943...
Paul Bosworth was sent to Flagstaff, Arizona for training. He started shooting up all of the beautiful cactuses there....
Frank Purvis volunteered before Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 7...
Nolan Albarado went to basic training in San Diego, California. From there his unit [Annotator's Note: 133rd...
Everybody was scraping by during the Great Depression. Martin Brignac and his family made out with what they had. They...
Joseph Richard went to T-Unit [Annotator's Note : Task Unit; unit or formation that works on a single defined task or...
George Allen says that instructors have to be rough on cadets by design. After they got their wings, they were nice to...
George Allen was in New Orleans, Louisiana on a trip with his family when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He was...
Theodore Skare was drafted in May 1943. He had previously tried to enlist in the Army Air Corps but they turned him...
Gerard Dillon went to Camp Croft, South Carolina for infantry basic training from November until January [Annotator's...
Charles Slay was sent to Oregon after being drafted into the Army and was assigned to the 104th Infantry Division. They...
Arthur Jackson had been influenced by Marine pilots and wanted to fly. At the recruiting office he took the aviation...
Henry Bourgeois was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He first flew when he was about seven years old. After...
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...
Billy Grieves was born in Liberty Center, Ohio. At a young age his parents moved the family to Detroit, Michigan for...
William Anderson enlisted in the Navy. It took him five days to get through because they found a spot on his lungs from...
Charles McGee was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1919. After third grade he moved to Illinois. He also spent some time in...
Warren Nolan went to Pearl Harbor aboard a Navy troop transport ship. It took about six days to get there. He was then...
John Kerner took a German passenger ship overseas to Europe. He shared a stateroom with five other officers, and they...
Jimmie Dyer entered the service in March 1944 after making a deal with his mother to finish high school. He was sworn...
Henry Muller was in Papua New Guinea undergoing intensive training. Shortly after arriving, Muller was concerned about...
Vincent DeSalvo was a barber in New Orleans and was at the hospital to visit a customer of his who had been in accident...
Norman Neste left for Europe in October 1944 after the D-Day invasion [Annotator's Note: the Allied invasion of...

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