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Russell Hoff reached Bad Orb and was assigned to a barracks in the camp. When a group of Americans killed a German...
Glen Jostad bailed out of his damaged Boeing B-17 heavy bomber and had a German fighter pass twice around him with the...
Most of Nick Cristiano's bombing missions started in the evening. He would call the meal before leaving "the last...
Crismon and Malcolm Higgins talked over what they wanted to do. Higgins told him to go down to the back of the plane...
Drafted into the Army in 1943, Peter Paret was thrown in with unfamiliar types, and became a fairly solitary man. His...
Basil Woolf returned from North Africa on his landing craft [Annotator's Note: LCH-269] and voyaged to England. En...
According to John Smith, ammunition supplies were not a problem, and the Allies had air and sea superiority by the time...
Life on base was "awful" according to Edwin Sved. The men lived in tents set up in the mud and took cold showers, but...
A mission to Berlin [Annotator's Note: Berlin, Germany] is the one that stands out in Daniel Samuelson's mind the most...
Byron Othello Wilkins, who goes by B.O. Wilkins, was named after his father. He grew up in northeast Arkansas in Luxora...
Anthony Stefanelli was drafted into the Army. He was first sent to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, which was an engineering...
William Burrus was drafted [Annotator's Note: in the spring of 1943] and went to Fort McClellan, Alabama for induction...
Basic training was normal for Henry Little. His training for building bridges involved alligators and snakes swimming...
Charles Moore flew to support beleaguered American troops in Bastogne. [Annotator’s Note: relief to the men in...
Bastogne was very cold. There, Edward Shames' platoon mostly executed patrolling actions. Shames relates that his...
James Bollich had no idea there was going to be a surrender. He knew the front lines kept falling back. When he was...
During the surrender, James Bollich destroyed his weapons and threw them into the water. When he was falling back, he...
Daniel Crowley became a prisoner on 9 April 1942 when the American forces surrendered after losing the Battle of Bataan...
Ben Steele had not eaten in three days when he was captured. He was captured after walking out in front of an enemy...
When James Bollich was evacuated to the Bataan Peninsula [Annotator's Note: Bataan Peninsula, Luzon, Philippines], he...
Ben Steele knew things were getting tense when he was sent overseas. When he got to Hawaii, he received orders to go to...
Peter Newberg saw a blonde man close to him and it turned out to be his friend. He was an electrician 3rd Class on the...
Already in the Philippines when Pearl Harbor was attacked, Ralph Griffith was ordered to his wartime position on...
Frank Maresca saw his first combat at Bristol. Shortly after they were issued their ammunition and k rations they were...
Michael Mickey Ganitch was aboard the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) during the fight for the Marshall Islands. The ship's...
While in Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii], Victor Yost helped clean the ship. When at sea, Yost...
J. W. Childs was at the Battle of Midway, but remembers nothing in particular about the event. The USS Worden (DD-352)...
Melvin Munch stopped at Guam en route to Okinawa. He was concerned about the requirements of going into a war zone. He...
Arthur Jackson's first contact with the enemy on Okinawa was during a patrol. He volunteered for everything. He was...
While Vernon Henry Moret was on a ship headed to Okinawa [Annotator's Note: Okinawa, Japan] with his unit [Annotator's...
Vernon Henry Moret's division [Annotator's Note: Company K, 3rd Battalion, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry...
Fortunately, the boat Michael Mervosh was in did not get hit [Annotator's Note: by Japanese artillery fire during the...
Following the Normandy breakout, David Olson and his outfit [Annotator’s Note: the 87th Armored Field Artillery...
On Christmas Eve [Annotator's Note: 24 December 1944], James B. Jones had finished a skirmish with Germans. That...
Richard Boyd returned to his outfit [Annotator's Note: Company B, 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion] and was sent...
When the troops' Christmas packages were arriving in 1944, Gordon Higgins' unit [Annotator's Note: 2nd Battalion, 407th...

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