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Edward Tipper credits paratrooper training with assisting in making the attack on Carentan a success. The decision was...
[Annotators Note: Clayton Fisher served in the Navy as a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber pilot in Bombing Squadron 8...
That afternoon, Clayton Fisher and his squadron [Annotator's Note: Bombing Squadron 8 (VB-8)] were launched again to...
Only one of Robert Huber's friends was wounded during the war. He did not know the sergeant who was killed. The one who...
Monty Joe Boitnott fought in bad weather and only received support when the skies cleared. The Junkers would be...
Darold Rice reached the peak of Hill 122 and had gone to ground to wait for further orders. While lying there, a German...
George Peto and the men of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines had a few days of rest and got new guns then moved out...
Tom Quigley recalls how after having sufficiently halted the German advance, he and his men slogged their way back to...
Cleston Stell arrived in France where he joined the 80th Infantry Division in St. Avold. He was assigned to Company G,...
George Spera first saw combat in September 1944. He was scared to death. Nobody had previous combat experience...
Stanley Wolczyk was under fire three times during the campaign to recapture Attu from the Japanese. It was during the...
They [Annotator's Note: Anthony Acevedo and his fellow soldiers of the 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division...
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...
Harold Berkman and Company F [Annotator's Note: Company F, 2nd Battalion, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry...
Dabney Montgomery arrived in Bari, Italy in January 1944. It was the day after a heavy German bombardment. There were...
Edward Tipper and a band of paratroopers captured a key crossroads location without the use of any automatic weapons...
[Annotator's Note: George Peto served in the US Marine Corps in a machine gun section in 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine...
Ira Schilling killed a Japanese soldier on Guadalcanal with a shotgun. In the morning, before the Marines moved out...
[Annotator's Note: Harold DeForest served in the Army as a gunner on a 60mm mortar in Company A, 1st Battalion, 129th...
George Linker entered Manila as part of the 25th Infantry Division. He was a private first class in the infantry. He...
[Annotator's Note: Romus Valtin Burgin served in the United States Marine Corps as a mortar section leader in Company K...
After Ira Schilling and Company L, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment hit the beach at Tarawa, Company L split up and...
William Garbo first entered a combat zone in an Army DUKW [Annotator's Note: an amphibious truck, referred to as a Duck...
[Annotators Note: Wesley Trindal served in the US Army as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry...
Wayne Pierce felt the night attack on Cauyuigy was the right thing to do. The attack failed because the 400 Americans...
John Witmeyer recognizes the value of The National World War II Museum and is glad that the museum affords the public...
A call went out for volunteers and Battery H, 11th Marine Regiment sent five people to the front to help out. Three of...
Lieutenant John Marr led his advanced party along a hedgerow ahead of the main group of Company G, 507th Parachute...
Herbertert Heilbrun believes in the power of prayer. On his fourth mission, Heilbrun was flying with 36 airplanes in...
Frank Buschmeier and his crew had been to Berlin. It was high time to have an easy mission. The guys were told it was...
Lieutenant John Marr had encounters with other American officers and commanders in the field early on in the Normandy...
[Annotator's Note: James McEnery served in the USMC as a rifleman in Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st...
John McConn and his outfit spent three weeks training to cross the Rhine River in boats. The first boat to cross with...
In March 1945, Robert Gorman learned that he was a father. He received a telegram giving him the news. Everyone in his...
For Robert Gorman, crossing the Roer River was a serious point in his combat experience. Both sides shelled heavily...

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