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Josephine Pescatore prayed when Cardinal Spellman gave a talk to a large group of troops before she went overseas....
[Annotator's Note: James Siracuse served in the USAAF as an A-20 pilot in the 669th Bombardment Squadron, 416th...
Elmo Espree was impressed with the huge size of the first camp he trained at. Customarily, the service facilities are...
The first thing Paul Bosworth would do before a mission was get dressed and eat. They could be in the air for hours....
In Hawaii, they [Annotator's Note: James Goodrich and the rest of the 5th Marine Division] trained for the landing on...
Bernice Haydu was born in December 1920 in Bradley Beach, New Jersey. When she was still a toddler, the family moved to...
Life was rather simple in Honolulu, Hawaii when Ray Emory got there in October 1941. He didn't drink in those days, so...
Edward Stone was aboard the Pyro [Annotator's Note: USS Pyro (AE-1)] and found the ship had good cooks. That was...
Micha Tomkiewicz was born in May 1939 in Warsaw, Poland. He was an only child as his parents were young when he was...
When Harry Bell and the other prisoners arrived [Annotator's Note: at Stalag IX-B in Bad Orb, Germany] they were...
Erwin Johnson says that the guards at Camp O'Donnell [Annotator's Note: Capas in Tarlac, Luzon, Philippines; former...
There were only a couple of hundred other American prisoners with Joseph DeMott on the island of Java, mostly off the...
Norman Bussel had to bail out of his Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress over Berlin, Germany. He and 65 other prisoners...
Ben Skardon was first incarcerated at Camp O'Donnell [Annotator's Note: former American military reservation on Luzon,...
Daniel Crowley, now a prisoner of war, reached the Cabanatuan [Annotator's Notes: Cabanatuan, Philippines] prison camp...
Charles Fitts, Jr. and the other prisoners were taken to a bunker. There, they realized just how many of the men had...
[Annotator's Note: Gerhard Franzky served in the Waffen SS as a communications officer in Headquarters, 22nd Regiment,...
Bryghte Davis Godbold was shipped to Shanghai from Wake Island after its fall. He was taken to an empty compound near...
Harold Gournay was captured by the Germans and taken by truck from Yugoslavia to Austria. [Annotator's Note: Gournay...
Max Finesmith did not have time to think after his bomber had been fatally damaged. Everything was happening so fast...
Roger Bowers describes the camp guards [Annotator's Note: at Stalag IX-B in Bad Orb, Germany] as mostly SS troops [...
Richard Lockhart disposed of his weapons and marched off into captivity [Annotator's Note: following his capture on 19...
Charles Harrison said the trip on the Nitta Maru prison ship was miserable. It docked in Japan, but didn't stay there,...
Joy Skelton had unidentifiable nightmares during 9-11 [Annotator's Note: the terrorist attacks on the United States on...
Joseph Brannan returned to Melville, Rhode Island as a PT boat instructor [Annotator's Note: at the Motor Torpedo Boat...
Charles Littig returned to the United States after his posting to Pearl Harbor and Midway. He learned that he was to be...
James Gaffney reviews the crew and officers of the PT Boat he served on in World War II. Some were good and some not so...
James Gaffney’s assessment of the John Wayne World War II movie entitled "They Were Expendable" was that it was mostly...
Benedict Bronder came aboard PT-305 while it was in New Orleans, Louisiana. That was where he met his fellow crewman...
Billy Grieves watches movies like Run Silent, Run Deep religiously. He feels that they are more Hollywood than reality...
At the first prisoner of war camp, Pearson Riddle had to work hauling earth and material in a giant cart. Riddle did...
Oran Harris said the Americans went first by sea in pursuit of the Japanese that had retreated into the mountains of...
[Annotator's Note: Emil Schoonejans served in the Navy aboard the submarine USS Burrfish (SS-312), and was rated a...
When Luba Keller was walking from her concentration camp to work in the munitions factory she would talk to God and ask...
Tom Quigley remembers how every Friday the officers would go to Baton Rouge for the weekend. Quigley struggled finding...
Norman Bussel was drafted and sent to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on a train that was really old. He arrived at two or...

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