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James White was born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1925. As a junior in high school at the time of the Japanese attack on...
George Rudloff enlisted in December 1942 in the Enlisted Reserve Corps as a college student. In April 1943, a group of...
Frank Fontana took his basic training in Camp Barkeley in Texas. It was miserable, desolate country. The training...
Harvey Segal wanted to serve his country after he was drafted. He was inducted at Fort Devens [Annotator's Note: in...
Russell Hoff was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in October 1924. After a year, the family moved to Willow Grove,...
Arthur Staymates had a typical, hard training before he left the States but it was not too difficult for him. He...
Charles Coolidge was born in August 1921 on Signal Mountain, Tennessee where his family spent the summer months. The...
Floyd Dumas' father worked for the New York Central Railroad in Malone, New York as a boilermaker. Dumas had three...
Wayne Pierce grew up in the small farming community of Polo, Illinois. He was drafted in June 1941 six months before...
Henry Feldman went to Fort Custer [Annotator's Note: near Battle Creek, Michigan] for indoctrination. He did his basic...
Samuel Lombardo joined the National Guard on 11 November 1939. He had a friend in the Guard who coaxed him into doing...
Thomas Kingsley's departure for military training was an emotional family event. He had volunteered for the Army...
Wallace Hurley was initially trained as a scout but reassigned to regular infantry. His training was at Camp Robinson...
Mitchell Zimmer liked the idea of sailing on a smaller boat like a submarine. He was trained in New London, Connecticut...
Mildred Bonvillian Aupied was born in Bayou Black near Houma in Terrebonne Parish [Annotator’s Note: south of New...
Walter Ram went through basic training for the Army. He was discharged after a year in the Army. When the Japanese...
Irwin Stovroff got the call for service in the military, but it was not the assignment he anticipated. Instead of entry...
John W. Towle volunteered for the service. He had been attending the University of Tennessee but had a wreck and was...
George Roberts was working a good job when he was drafted. He was called up in August and reported to Altoona,...
Francis Dymnicki attempted to become a pilot in the Air Force. Half of his friends wanted to do the same. Dymnicki was...
Marigold McNeely and her sister Jennifer had been invited by an American officer named Captain Richardson [Annotator's...
Antoinette Underwood signed up for the Army a day or two after Pearl Harbor. She had to go to West Point for an...
Josephine Reeves was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 1919. Growing up, Reeves attended the West Catholic...
Donelson Houseman was born in Dallas, Texas in 1923 and grew up there. After graduating high school, he began classes...
David Olson attended field artillery school at Fort Sill right after his graduation from college [Annotator’s Note: in...
Bruno Viani was asked by his company commander if he would consider applying for OCS [Annotator's Note: Office...
John Raaen attended West Point. His father was a career officer who graduated from the Military Academy on 1 November...
Mary Edwards began working for the Army at Higgins Industries when she was 16 years old. She had finished high school...
In February [Annotator's Note: 5 February 1945], Daniel Farley and the rest of the 5th Ranger Battalion got word to...
Catherine Long had boot training in the Navy. Her parents had no objection to her joining the service. Her father was...
Joseph Rockforte's company [Annotator's Note: Company F, 2nd Battalion, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division...
Enrique Cervantes was the PX [Annotator's Note: post exchange] officer for Lowry Airbase in Denver, Colorado. There...
A day after William Garbo and his machine gun squad successfully ambushed a group of Japanese soldiers in a mountain...
Curtis Brooks and his family had been on a vacation trip aboard the SS Potsdam and encountered a Nazi ceremony taking...
Paul Dietzel flew from the Hawaiian Islands over Kwajalein to Tinian. During the flight they had not had anything to...
One of the chiefs saw Jack Yusen again at the opening of the Taffy 3 memorial and asked Yusen if he remembered him....

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