Entrance into Service

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Learning how to fly was quite a job for Bud Loring. He had never flown before in his life. They had civilian...
Lloyd Reese trained to be a bombardier on the AT-11 [Annotator’s Note: Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan] and then the B-24 [...
For Bryce Jordan, PT-19 training [Annotator's Note: Fairchild PT-19 primary trainer aircraft] was not his first trip in...
James McDermott considered the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress the best airplane there was. He did not like the B-24 [...
Martin Jacobson underwent demolition training at Fort Pierce, Florida. He also learned sneak and peek, or surreptitious...
Clifton Trahan was born in October 1922 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was put in an orphanage at five years old. His...
Paul Amrod joined the Army because his siblings had set the example, and his love of country obliged him to do his part...
Lester Hecht went to boot camp at Parris Island in South Carolina. He got in shape. It did not bother him. He was older...
Helen Gagel arrived in Australia and thought the people there were very friendly but she did not think too much about...
Vincent DeSalvo was drafted into the US Army Air Force. He was at Gulfport Field in Gulfport, Mississippi for a while...
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...
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...
Heavyweight champion Joe Louis [Annotator's Note: Joseph Louis Barrow, professional boxer] joined the Army. Samson...
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...
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...
Arthur Pendleton was friends with Johnny Rivers. Pendelton was in 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, which was machine guns....
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...
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...
James Fitzmorris grew up in Depression-era New Orleans, Louisiana in the Irish Channel neighborhood. They did not know...
Lavenia Breaux wanted to go in the service after Pearl Harbor. She always had a dream of traveling and realized the...
[Annotator's Note: Masaji Insohita served in the Army as a Japanese translator and interrogator in the China-Burma-...
Roland Chaisson volunteered for the Army when he was 17. He didn't like the Navy and the Marine Corps sounded too tough...
Lois Meyer was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1920. She went to the Ursuline Academy there. She was listening to the...
James Goodrich wanted to join the Marine Corps as soon as he saw his first Marine Corps poster. He also enjoyed the...
When the Battle of the Tenaru River ended, Lieutenant Port recommended Frank Stewart for the Navy Cross but the captain...
Claude Shannahan joined the Raiders because he wasn't tall enough to be a paratrooper and because he liked the name. He...
Colonel John Acree Reeder was born in January 1921 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended the Boeing School of...

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