Experience behind enemy lines

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James Salerno cannot remember a lot of things that happened during the war. He does remember that there was a lot of...
[Annotators Note: William Guarnere was a paratrooper in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,...
Tom Quigley recalls how when they were approaching Brest, he saw a soldier who was directing traffic get hit by an 88...
Robert Max vividly remembered 16 December 1944, day one of the Battle of the Bulge, as the Germans' final major effort...
David Roderick knew the true goal was to capture Cherbourg at the end of the peninsula which took until 25 June. It was...
James Livaudais and his glider infantrymen met up with paratroopers after crossing the Merderet causeway. The...
Joseph Medicine Crow captured 50 enemy horses in Germany. This was considered to be a great war deed by the Crow nation...
Edward Tipper credits paratrooper training with assisting in making the attack on Carentan a success. The decision was...
Vernon Alexander and his unit [Annotator's Note: Company H, 2nd Battalion, 411th Infantry Regiment, 103rd Infantry...
Darold Rice reached the peak of Hill 122 and had gone to ground to wait for further orders. While lying there, a German...
Floyd Dumas had been in hiding in Italy for five months. One close encounter Dumas had with German soldiers was when he...
The first dead people John H. Price, Jr. saw were Germans and that had little effect on him. They could hear field...
John Poole found out after the fact that Marseilles, France, where he landed, was a communist hotbed. The dock workers...
Edward Tipper and a band of paratroopers captured a key crossroads location without the use of any automatic weapons...
Henry Freedman was a member of an intelligence and reconnaissance unit [Annotator's Note: Intelligence and...
William Garbo first entered a combat zone in an Army DUKW [Annotator's Note: an amphibious truck, referred to as a Duck...
Lieutenant John Marr led his advanced party along a hedgerow ahead of the main group of Company G, 507th Parachute...
Herbert Heilbrun believes in the power of prayer. On his fourth mission, Heilbrun was flying with 36 airplanes in nine...
Lieutenant John Marr had encounters with other American officers and commanders in the field early on in the Normandy...
David Roderick experienced a lot of shelling and artillery and snipers when he landed. D Day began at 6:30 in the...
David Roderick moved to the coast near Weymouth and was put into a marshalling yard. They were kept in secret. No one...
Samuel Spector was shipped to Burma and its jungles. He was among the first individuals to carry into action the...
John Alison’s duties also resulted in him being a glider pilot despite never having flown one before. He flew a glider...
In late January or early February [Annotator’s Note: late January or early February 1945] the Battle of the Bulge ended...
Vernon Leopold arrived on the Belgium and German border at the village of Hünningen. They took over a farm house that...
Herbert Auerbach was a cryptographer. His duty was to take the Morse code messages from headquarters received by the...
During the assault on Manoir La Fiere [Annotators Note: La Fiere Manor] on D Day, Lieutenant John Marr led his advanced...
On his 22nd mission, Herbert Gross bailed out over French Indochina in Japanese territory. It took eight days to walk...
Herbert Heilbrun wore long johns under woolen pants with a warm shirt under a Mae West [Annotator's Note: inflatable...
Wayne Pierce and his regiment were moved to an airbase in the south of England in anticipation of the start of the...
Robert Max was not going to participate in the forced march. His right foot, inflamed with trench foot or frostbite,...
Gerhard Franzky’s unit [Annotator's Note: Headquarters, 22nd Regiment, 10th SS Panzer Division "Frundsburg"] suffered...
For the first several months they were flying out of Bodney, they did not live on base. They lived in a hotel and were...
James White and the 103rd Infantry Division were transported by truck convoy deeper into France after arriving in...
Benjamin Carson found that evacuating Makin Island was far more difficult that arriving there. The tide worked against...
James Livaudais received replacements prior to the Battle of the Bulge. [Annotator’s Note: in December 1944] One...

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