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David Oreck was born in 1923 in Duluth, Minnesota. Around the age of 18, he decided to go to the University of...
Carey Eleser was born in August 1924 in Roseville, Louisiana and grew up in Ponchatoula. He was born at a Catholic...
Clarence Carlson was born Kittson, Minnesota in June 1921. His family moved to Svea Township where he attended school...
[Annotator's Note: Interviewer is setting up the interview and it begins with small talk about the war.] Arthur...
Ray Felts was born in Cameron, Oklahoma in September 1926, the eldest of three children. He was 15, and on a double-...
Arthur Q. Davis was born in March 1920 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His family lived on a rice plantation in Pointe a la...
Charles Slay was born in December 1921 in Holloway, Louisiana. He was one of the first boys in the area to finish high...
Frank Patti was born in December 1924 in Hammond, Louisiana and grew up on a produce farm where his parents shared the...
Henry J. Muller, Jr. born 7 April 1917 just one day after the US entered World War One. He was brought up on the...
Theodore Skare was born in April 1924 in Two Harbors, Minnesota. His family moved to Chicago, Illinois when he was baby...
John Moran was born in Superior, Wisconsin. He had a great youth and enlisted in the Army at 17. He was then sent to...
Philip Dunford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in July 1925. He lived in Chester, Virginia when he was five...
John F. Caraway was born on in November 1922 in Baytown, Texas, the son of an antiques dealer. At an early age, his...
Richard Scholl was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1920. His father worked for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance...
Edwin Henlebin was born in 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri, and lived there his entire life, except for when he was in the...
Carl Caffarel was born in 1925 in Plaquemines, Louisiana, and grew up in the nearby town of Port Allen, Louisiana. The...
Thomas Long was born in January 1926 in Saint Louis, Missouri. His father died when he was only three years old,...
Harry Koukos, of Greek decent, was born in Albania in 1925 and came to the United States at the age of 13. His first...
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...
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...
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...
Louis Massengale was born in February 1926, and spent his first five years in Goodwater, Alabama, living with his...
Leo Praetorius was born in October 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where his father worked in a haberdashery. His...
It took a good month for Joseph Blouin to fly from West Palm Beach, Florida to England. The captain checking them in in...
George Hardy's father persuaded him to not join his brother in the Navy because of the race problem. He would be...
William Ebersole was born in September 1924 in Arcadia, Florida. He graduated from high school there in June 1942 then...
Jackson Davis went to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to practice law. The Draft Act [Annotator's Note: Selective Training and...
Norman Bussel left his final training base and took a train to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. He and the crew were pretty...
Robert Marovelli clearly remembers being in the bathtub on 7 December 1941, when the announcement came over the radio...
Samson Alexander was the first black fireman in the Air Force. He was given a certificate from the Treasury Department...

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