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Robert Oplinger left Fort Pierce, Florida training [Annotator's Note: as a member of Underwater Demolition Team 21 (UDT...
John Raaen left Rudder and remnants of his battalion [Annotator’s Note: 5th Ranger Battalion] at the Pointe to...
Jack Carver moved into Germany and crossed the Rhine River. Most of the bridges into Germany had been destroyed but one...
Fortunately, the boat Michael Mervosh was in did not get hit [Annotator's Note: by Japanese artillery fire during the...
Archie Maltbie found the flying in the Battle of the Bulge to be some of the toughest work of his fighter career....
Frank Fontana took his basic training in Camp Barkeley in Texas. It was miserable, desolate country. The training...
[Annotator's Note: Joseph Krause served in the US Army Air Forces as a flight engineer and top turret gunner on a...
David Olson felt most of the people in France were happy to see the Americans. They had never fully recovered from the...
David Olson and his outfit [Annotator’s Note: the 87th Armored Field Artillery Battalion] went through Camp Shanks en...
Perry Smith was born at West Point, New York in 1934 while his father was serving as an instructor at the US Military...
When Calvin Moret was at Godman Field near Fort Knox [Annotator’s Note: Kentucky], he noted that Italian and German...
Assigned as a B-24 [Annotator's Note: Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber] pilot, Eben Smith arrived first in...
Describing a typical mission as a B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] waist gunner, Oscar...
Jack Carver arrived at Utah Beach about six weeks after D-Day [Annotator's Note: D-Day was the Allied invasion of...
Bernard Friedenberg fought at Aachen, Germany on the Siegfried Line. He was doing the same thing over and over again...
On 3 February 1945, Angus Lorenzen saw a Marine Corp dive bomber fly over the internment camp of Santo Tomas, Manila,...
Frank Fontana was part of a MASH [Annotator's Note: Mobile Army Surgical Hospital] unit. They put up a ward tent that...
Samuel Lombardo received the Silver Star for advancing on a hill under enemy fire. His men hit the ground when the...
Lowell Brueland earned the Silver Star after he arrived in France while performing a fighter sweep. He had completed...
Theodore Wessen served on a modern minesweeper [Annotator's Note: USS Pirate (AM-275)] which was fitted with gear to...
William Greer and his outfit [Annotator’s Note: Company A, 315th Engineer Combat Battalion, 90th Infantry Division]...
Norman Riggsby went through maneuvers and practice landings in preparation for the invasion of France. Riggsby...
After D-Day, Bob Miksa [Annotator’s Note: Robert Miksa] and the 745th Tank Battalion drove to Caumont. That was the...
Michael Mickey Ganitch and the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) sailed past Japanese held islands en route to Okinawa. The ship...
Robert Mayes was inducted at Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He went through Basic Training and then went to Fort Sill, Oklahoma...
John Raaen disagrees with Gary Sterne [Annotator’s Note: Gary Sterne discovered the buried site of the large complex of...
Lloyd Reese had been a prisoner-of-war after his Consolidated B-24 Liberator had been shot down over Ploesti, Romania....
Harold Buell is proud to have been a dive bomber pilot. He was recalled from the United States to help a squadron that...
John McCarthy reached Pearl Harbor on his ship [Annotator’s Note: the repair ship USS Laertes (AR-20)]. They waited...
Alois Kopp volunteered to go on the USS Houston (CA-30) in 1939 for deployment overseas. The ship was stationed in...
James Armstrong continues previous remarks about the need for better fighter escorts. He outlines that after the...
Andrew Kiniry and the 45th Evacuation Hospital was part of the First Army. The 2nd Armored [Annotator's Note: 2nd...
Freeman Dyson was in London in 1944 when German rockets fell on the population there. That effort was a last gasp for...
Paul J. Frisco was aboard a Fletcher-class destroyer, the USS Cushing (DD-797), during World War 2. He was impressed...