Experience with death

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William Blanckenburg was met by a lieutenant colonel who knew that Blanckenburg was married and was an older fellow....
Arthur Killam was born in San Francisco and lived there until he was six years old when he moved to San Jose,...
John Witmeyer served in five armies of the US Army through six campaigns in the European Theater of World War 2. He had...
[Annotators Note: Robert Walter was a platoon sergeant in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th...
[Annotators Note: The interview begins with Guarnere and the interviewer talking about previous interviews Guarnere has...
During the assault on the port city of Cherbourg, France, John Witmeyer fought through to the end of town after door to...
Ryfka Finkelstein [Annotator's Note: unsure of spelling of her maiden name which is Sushka] was born in Poland in 1926...
Joseph Simpson advanced with his unit [Annotator's Note: Company C, 1st Battalion, 334th Infantry Regiment, 84th...
Arthur Pendleton does not remember who was in the hole with him [Annotator's Note: during the Battle of the Tenaru...
[Annotators Note: Arthur Killam served in the US Navy as an Electricians Mate aboard submarines. After the war he was...
[Annotators Note: Fred Hirsekorn served in the army as a gunner, then tank commander, and finally tank platoon...
Being in charge of other people helped give Raymond Wells focus during combat, not leaving any time to be afraid. Wells...
Joseph Motil put the charge right against the door so it blew it in. There was a flame thrower operator with their unit...
William Epperson received two Purple Hearts for being wounded. Epperson felt strongly that women in the service would...
Bob Miksa [Annotator’s Note: Robert Miksa] was inducted into the service at Camp Grant, Illinois then sent to Camp...
[Annotator's Note: Charlotte Weiss is a Czechoslovakian born Jew who survived incarceration in a number of...
On the morning of 7 December 1941, Roy Boreen enjoyed an early breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast he went to the...
Robert Walter was born in 1922 in Seneca County, Ohio. His young years prior to entering the service were spent within...
They landed at Liverpool, England then traveled from there to Tidworth. They were there for three weeks and Charles...
During the Battle of the Bulge, Norris Waddill was serving as a messenger. He came upon a sergeant he had met before...
William Pena recalls the situation in the Ardennes before the Germans arrived, how they laid tripwires and mines. They...
James Weller knew something was going on while he was near the German border. The OPs [Annotator’s Note: outposts] and...
Walter Nelson loved the airplane he flew in [Annotators Note: TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bombers]. It was slow but...
[Annotators Note: Wesley Trindal served in the US Army as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry...
Edward Tipper enlisted in the Army. All paratroopers enlisted. None were drafted. He wanted to join the paratroopers...
Russell Hoff and his regiment [Annotator's Note: 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division] surrendered during...
Russell Hoff was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in October 1924. After a year, the family moved to Willow Grove,...
Wayne Pierce grew up in the small farming community of Polo, Illinois. He was drafted in June 1941 six months before...
Bruno Viani was asked by his company commander if he would consider applying for OCS [Annotator's Note: Office...
John McConn experienced German machine gun fire at the battle of Saint- Dié. The enemy fired their guns at the...
Earl Tweed advanced from being a platoon commander with 35 to 40 men at full strength to being a company commander with...
John Witmeyer harbored an intense anger toward German soldiers. He punched German prisoners in the face, ran bayonets...
Arthur Pendleton went to Pavuvu after Cape Gloucester. There, he dealt with a bout of appendicitis which almost killed...
Earl Tweed was wounded once during his service. That was in the 11 November [Annotator's Note: 11 November 1944] attack...
John Witmeyer was first wounded in early July of 1944, just a month after the invasion of Normandy began. He went out...
[Annotators Note: Daniel Farley served in the army as a rifleman in Company A, 5th Ranger Battalion.] When the war...

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