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In 1953, Bernard Marcus was called into the office of General Lawton [Annotator’s Note: General Kirke B. Lawton] who...
Luna Kaufman found that her Russian liberators believed in free love. That meant the liberators felt that they had the...
There was an incident involving the Red Cross where Elmo Espree and another black soldier wanted to enter the facility...
Peter Somogyi was interrogated by Mengele [Annotator's Note: Dr. Josef Mengele]. Somogyi cannot remember the nature of...
Jack Beverstein found the living conditions on Mindoro to be similar to Samar. The tents were livable. The men made the...
Rothacker Smith began selling root beer to construction workers at projects around Detroit during the Great Depression...
Gerard Halpern finished high school in 1943 then took one semester at a City College before dropping out and joining...
Luna Kaufman was not frightened when the Germans first entered Poland [Annotator's Note: on 1 September 1939]. At that...
In the early part of 1939, Manfred Klepper and other Jews were made to wear the Star of David on their clothes. Some...
Benjamin Lesser witnessed the rapid increase in German laws and edicts as they came down to the occupied population of...
Elisabeth Bolster had no full knowledge of the implications of working at the Nuremburg Trials [Annotator's Note: the...
Rothacker Smith and his comrades in the 366th Infantry Regiment prepared for combat and formed up in the city of Barga...
James Gaffney felt the Okinawan civilians were glad to see the Americans. They hung around the camp all the time. They...
Reva Kibort could not attend school because the war broke out in 1939 when the Germans invaded Poland [Annotator's Note...
Luna Kaufman and her family lost their money when the war broke out [Annotators Note: the Germans invaded Poland on 1...
Robert Hammond had to deal with his own health when he was on leave in Philadelphia. He had an appendectomy, and while...
After two different assignments on quartermaster duty in the United States, Rothacker Smith finally joined his...
Jimmy Doi was born in Oxnard, California in 1925. Growing up in California was great until the war started. Doi was 16...
Lawrence Yatsu was in the eleventh grade when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. It was one of the worst incidents in...
[Annotator's Note: Edgar Cole had been drafted into the US Marine Corps and was on his way to Camp Lejeune, North...
Murray Glass went to Poland in 1933 with his family. They visited relatives there. The summer was spent in Ostrołe̜ka,...
Robert Fisch recollects that the American Secretary of War during the Vietnam War was a war criminal. If America had...
Norman Ikari’s days at Camp Ritchie were numbered. Ikari was sent to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He thought that was...
Joseph LaNier did not know what he would do after the service. He was reserve and not regular Army. Consequently, his...
At the end of the war, Elmo Espree was transported through the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean...
Bernard Friedenberg passed through Camp Lucky Strike on his way home after the war. He remembers passing the Statue of...
Judith Meisel was helped in Denmark after the country's Jews returned home. Only 42 people died in Theresienstadt [...
Arthur Seltzer came home after the end of the war. He was discharged and never wanted to talk about his experiences....
Leslie Aigner finished his apprenticeship and began working as a machinist after the war. He lived under a communist...
Rosemary Fagot remembers the difficulties she had translating for the United Fruit Company because of the cultural...
Yukio Kawamoto was a precious child for his parents. The draft got him and he went to war. Kawamoto worked for the...
William Winter had no inclination to stay in the Army after the war. He was fortunate to have come through the war...
George A. Sarosi and his mother lived in Szeged from 1945 to 1948. They returned to Budapest after that. No battles for...
Rothacker Smith felt the joy of liberation sweep over him when he saw American soldiers hoist the Stars and Stripes...
Elmo Espree was impressed with the huge size of the first camp he trained at. Customarily, the service facilities are...
Lewis Guidry was born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana in January 1919. The Great Depression affected his life in many ways...

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