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William Blanckenburg was met by a lieutenant colonel who knew that Blanckenburg was married and was an older fellow....
[Annotators Note: Robert Walter was a platoon sergeant in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th...
[Annotators Note: Interview begins mid-conversation.] Herbert Heilbrun was waiting for his crew in Salt Lake City when...
Clayton Kelly Gross recalls getting to England and the bombing going on from there. They were assigned to the 9th Air...
Walter Nelson was only 19 years old at the time [Annotators Note: at the time of the Battle of the Coral Sea]. The USS...
Heffron [Annotators Note: Edward Heffron, also known as Babe] knew that William Guarnere lived on 17th Street and came...
[Annotators Note: Fred Hirsekorn served in the army as a gunner, then tank commander, and finally tank platoon...
James Weller volunteered as a gung-ho young man looking for trouble. He enjoyed his war years and the people he met....
A great deal of camaraderie had been established in the unit, especially among the guys Fred Hirsekorn had been in the...
Norman Hatch, along with a group of other servicemen, boarded a train for Washington DC on a Sunday morning. Most of...
On the morning of 7 December 1941, Roy Boreen enjoyed an early breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast he went to the...
Sidney Philips remembers being in San Diego for two weeks [Annotators Note: after returning from his combat tour in the...
Robert Freligh’s crewman Sam Plonski was from the Boston area, and Peter Sanchez from the Chicago area. He always flew...
The battle on Tarawa provided countless opportunities for combat cameramen like Norman Hatch to capture story telling...
During the Battle of the Bulge, glider infantryman Clinton Riddle rode into battle on a tank during the American...
Edward Tipper enlisted in the Army. All paratroopers enlisted. None were drafted. He wanted to join the paratroopers...
When Jack Sanders decided to enlist, he knew nothing about air operations let alone how hard it was to get into the air...
Russell Hoff was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in October 1924. After a year, the family moved to Willow Grove,...
Charles Coolidge was born in August 1921 on Signal Mountain, Tennessee where his family spent the summer months. The...
Wayne Pierce grew up in the small farming community of Polo, Illinois. He was drafted in June 1941 six months before...
Francis Dymnicki attempted to become a pilot in the Air Force. Half of his friends wanted to do the same. Dymnicki was...
Josephine Reeves was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 1919. Growing up, Reeves attended the West Catholic...
Bruno Viani was asked by his company commander if he would consider applying for OCS [Annotator's Note: Office...
In February [Annotators Note: 5 February 1945] Daniel Farley and the 5th Rangers got word to assemble in a certain area...
John Witmeyer harbored an intense anger toward German soldiers. He punched German prisoners in the face, ran bayonets...
George Morgan told his parents about his wartime experiences. He told them about being wounded in the invasion of...
Monty Joe Boitnott was wounded when he was bringing supplies on a mule and a mortar shell hit the path. The mule went...
[Annotator's Note: Billy Grieves served in the navy aboard the submarines USS Thresher (SS-200) and USS Lizardfish (SS-...
Okinawa is something of a blur in Romus Burgin's mind. Unlike New Britain and Peleliu, battles from which he can...
[Annotators Note: William Guarnere was a paratrooper in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,...
[Annotator's Note: George Kearney grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and was an employee of Higgins Industries from 1937...
At Sioux City, the ground crew was completing their training and going on last leaves. One day, the first sergeant...
Tom Quigley recounts how he was in church when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place and did not even know about the...
Edward Tipper credits paratrooper training with assisting in making the attack on Carentan a success. The decision was...

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