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John Witmeyer served in five armies of the US Army through six campaigns in the European Theater of World War 2. He had...
During the assault on the port city of Cherbourg, France, John Witmeyer fought through to the end of town after door to...
As the American advance through the Pacific moved closer and closer to the Japanese mainland, enemy resistance grew...
Theodore Wessen and the USS Pirate (AM-275) went to Guam after that island had been recaptured by the United States....
[Annotator's Note: Jack Yusen served in the Navy as a gunner aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413). The Samuel B....
Herbert Gross had trained on B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] bombers. His new...
Robert Oplinger left Fort Pierce, Florida training [Annotator's Note: as a member of Underwater Demolition Team 21 (UDT...
From there [Annotator's Note: the area around Bastone, Belgium], Sidney LaPook and his unit [Annotator's Note: 193rd...
John Raaen woke up the next morning [Annotator's Note: the morning of 7 June 1944 following the D-Day invasion the...
John Nicholas first experienced an aerial attack on his ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Gayety (AM-239)] a few months...
As a child, Elisabeth Bolster sat on her father's lap while Munich was being bombed by the Allies. She was comforted by...
[Annotator's Note: James Kemp McLaughlin flew 39 missions during two combat tours in Europe in Boeing B-17 Flying...
Raymond Bailey was on the mess deck washing cups when he felt the first shudder caused by the bomb hit [Annotator's...
[Annotators Note: Arthur Killam served in the US Navy as an Electricians Mate aboard submarines. After the war he was...
Richard Field and the other men of 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion had to buy scarves and jackets from the armored...
Walter Broll became more cautious as a result of his experience at Bari, Italy with the German bomber attack on Allied...
Being in charge of other people helped give Raymond Wells focus during combat and did not leave any time to be afraid....
About three months after returning, Jeannine Burk's sister received a letter from a family named Mike and Frieda Savage...
Joseph Motil put the charge right against the door so it blew it in. There was a flame thrower operator with their unit...
Lester Hull does not recall when the German counterattack began. He remembers that while the battle lasted for six...
After getting the alert prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor that Hawaii may be invaded by sea, Clarence Herbert...
Peter Somogyi arrived in mid-afternoon in the cattle cars [Annotator's Note: after a horrible three day journey in a...
Robert Gorman left England by transiting through Wales. In Wales, the 557th [Annotator's Note: 557th Field Artillery...
David Roderick went to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey for 10 days. The men were checked for health and packed everything while...
Jack Carver moved into Germany and crossed the Rhine River. Most of the bridges into Germany had been destroyed but one...
The assault of Attu went well as Stanley Wolczyk landed at Massacre Bay. It was unopposed on the beach. They went over...
While heading to the invasion of Iwo Jima, Richard Nummer's convoy of ships was joined by numerous ships at Saipan....
Everybody knew what they were building there. Hans Courant was at Alamogordo for the bomb test since he had built some...
On the morning of 7 December 1941, Roy Boreen enjoyed an early breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast, he went to the...
For the year prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: the attack was on Sunday, 7 December 1941], James...
Robert Templet believes that there was a lack of preparation for an enemy attack at Pearl Harbor during the weeks...
James Ramage was at Pearl Harbor when the Battle of Midway took place. He was not aboard ship at the time. The...
[Annotator's Note: Edmund Durocher served in the US Marine Corps as a radio telephone operator in Company H, 2nd...
Upon entry into Auschwitz, Benjamin Lesser was told to go to a bathhouse and get undressed. Next, his hair was to be...
Glen Jostad was a radio man and gunner on a Boeing B-17 heavy bomber. He flew multiple missions against German...
Jack Brukman and his outfit [Annotator's Note: 498th Bombardment Group, 73rd Bombardment Wing] eventually moved from...

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