Experience behind enemy lines

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Louis Smith recalled that he was inducted 26 February 1943, wounded on Iwo Jima 26 February 1945, and quit smoking...
Edward Bale and his Marine Corps Medium Tank Company were told that the enemy resistance on the island of Tarawa would...
John Alison flew into China in a worn out P-40 [Annotator's Note: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft] that was...
Allen Horton was commissioned out of midshipmen's school in Chicago, Illinois, and proceeded to Scouts and Raiders...
Samuel Spector and OSS Detachment 101 had a main mission of gathering intelligence and destroying the Japanese. They...
Samuel Spector was always hungry in the jungle with Detachment 101. The food that was airdropped would not last long so...
Samuel Spector thought the Kachin people were diverse. They were from various areas. Some were very smart and others...
Monty Joe Boitnott thought the strategy was ill advised at Kasserine Pass because they knew the enemy was coming. They...
After Sicily, Floyd Dumas went to Salerno. The fighting there was not much different than it had been in Sicily except...
Clyde East was in Japan flying missions over Korea three or four weeks after the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950. He...
Tom Quigley remembers watching as the two platoons before his made their way down the hillside, through some fields,...
James Livaudais knew he had really seen combat after the battle at La Fiere and the Merderet crossing. He thought at...
When there were indications that both German fronts were collapsing, Jack Lengsfield knew the war would soon be over....
After Lieutenant John Marr and the rest of Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment crossed the La Fiere causeway,...
Forrest Villarrubia and the Marines on his ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Monitor (LSV-5)] were loaned to General...
On 2 March 1945, Eugene Vaadi and his crew were shot down over Dresden, Germany and taken prisoner. On 4 April 1945,...
A week or so after they [Annotator's Note: Floyd Dumas and another escaped prisoner of war named Bill Robb] got there,...
Leonard Brooks and the other internees had no idea that they were scheduled to be killed at nine on the morning of 23...
George Haines said they would often see the Philippine rebels. In Leyte, [Annotator's Note: Leyte Island, Philippines]...
George Roberts was signed up to fly 25 missions. After flying only 16 missions, however, that required number was...
The night that they arrived in Reipertswiller, Mark Gordon Hazard, Jr. was told to take some men and go back into the...
John Angier explained that the Luftwaffe [Annotator's Note: German Air Force] would try to catch the bombers right...
John Marr landed in water up to his armpits on D Day after the jump [Annotators Note: into Normandy] and immediately...
William Garbo returned to G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 112th Cavalry Regiment on the island of Luzon in the Philippines after...
George Haines was an infantry scout [Annotator's Note: in the 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division] on New...
When Arthur Pendleton was on the ridge he recalled a shell from a Japanese naval gun landing in front of them. The...
Norman Bussel’s first mission was to Brunswick (Braunschweig), Germany. He was anxious as he had no idea what to expect...
[Annotator's Note: James Kemp McLaughlin flew 39 missions during two combat tours in Europe in Boeing B-17 Flying...
Charles Murray was told that a new unit was going to replace theirs after dark. They were spread out. Murray had 20 men...
Adolph Wilson and his battalion of the Marine Paratroopers arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia. They had been preceded by...
Richard Keller did not get promoted to captain until after they were in combat. They went straight into the jungle to...
One night, the battalion command sent John Witmeyer on a patrol behind German lines. Witmeyer took six other men out on...
James Livaudais entered the service in March 1942. His division was to be the Sergeant York Division. The decision...
Peter Harry spent six months in England then crossed the Channel to Omaha Beach in Normandy. He landed about two days...

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