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Norman Neste left for Europe in October 1944 after the D-Day invasion [Annotator's Note: the Allied invasion of...
After being turned down by the Navy for being blind in one eye, Clifton Trahan was accepted into the US Merchant Marine...
Carey Eleser was a Navy Armed Guard radioman aboard the SS David B. Johnson. They left Charleston, South Carolina and...
Anton Jaber took his basic training at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. He went right into advanced training with his division [...
Jackson Davis took the USS Neosho (AO-23) from San Pedro, California and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 7 September 1941....
Martin Brignac had no idea of what the Japanese were going to do along the coast. They had to try and do anything they...
When he was drafted, Weldon Fruge wasn't excited about leaving his home and family, but he traveled to Fort Knox,...
Joseph Haines was drafted in April 1944. He was sent to Camp Lee, Virginia. He got off the train and there were two...
Samson Alexander got the idea to join the US Air Force but did not have a college education. The principal of his...
Waldeman Czaban received his draft notice soon after he graduated high school in January 1943, and left home for boot...
Richard Swanson had two friends who had gone to the local military recruiting stations and liked what they heard about...
Robert Knudson was born in January 1925 in Mason City, Iowa. His father was a successful greenhouse owner, and even...
Carl Peterson was born in Foraker, Oklahoma. He had three brothers and a sister and when his mother remarried he got...
Richard Scheerer was born in December 1915 and grew up in Kansas City [Annotator's Note: Kansas City, Missouri]. His...
Angelo Ciotta was born in 1925 in Leone, Italy. He came to the United States through Ellis Island, New York, at age...
James Odom was born in November 1925 in South Palo Pinto County, about 20 miles south of Mineral Wells, Texas. He grew...
Melvin Dahlberg was born in August 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota, just days after his parents had moved there from Sweden...
John Kerner was born in February 1919 in San Francisco, California. His family moved to Boston, Massachusetts for a...
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Arnold Debrick was born on a farm in Paolo, Kansas in March 1925. He attended a one room school in town. In second...
Eugene Vaadi was born 1 July 1921 Watertown, New York. He spent his life there until entering the military. His father...
Joseph Pocoroba was born in Newark, New Jersey in August 1919. He attended Good Counsel grammar and high school [...
Erik Frithjof Johnsen was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in August 1925 and had one brother who had been born in 1922....
John Francis Angier was born in June 1923 in Burlington, Vermont. He feels fortunate he was brought up on a dairy farm...
Lloyd William (Bill) Reese was born in Milton Center, Ohio. His father was a superintendent of schools. They moved to...
Joseph Orlando was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in January 1922. He was the 11th child born but four of his...
Sherwin Callander was born in June 1920, the first of three boys, in Vancouver, Canada, but grew up in Oakland,...
Reuben Weiner was born in Los Angeles, California on Bastille Day [Annotator's Note: national day of France] in July...
Albert Reale was born in March 1925 in New Britain, Connecticut. He had a good childhood among his three brothers in a...
Floyd Fogg was born in April 1926 in Lacombe, Louisiana. When he was three years old, his family moved to Slidell,...
Bryce Jordan was born in November 1924 in Stanley, Wisconsin. He grew up on a dairy farm outside of Stanley and he says...
Maurice Hackler was born in 1922, the second of two sons, in Cherryville, Kansas where his parents owned and operated a...
Harry Carlson was born in October 1924 in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He grew up there as a single child. His father...
George Haines was born in April 1925 in Rochester, New York. His father worked at the YMCA [Annotator's Note: Young Men...
Ogden Saik was born in September 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He lived with his family in the New Orleans...
Joseph DeMott was born in August 1918 in Big Run, Pennsylvania. He was the only child of a railroad worker and a...

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