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Charles Womack and every other Marine on the island were fully aware that they were headed for Japan after the fighting...
Clarence Herbert Weatherwax returned to Hawaii, took advantage of the GI Bill and went to school. After he got home he...
Daniel Farley has been back to Europe several times. It was not difficult for him to go back the first time because...
Paul Dietzel continued flying in civilian life after the war. When he would fly with the team, the pilots would...
Jack Houston returned to the United States around May 1946. He was discharged at the end of May or beginning of June in...
Emil Schoonejans was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire when the war ended. They had been sent back to the United States for...
For Allen Tillery, returning to civilian life was not much of an adjustment because it happened so fast. He thought for...
After the war, Anthony Costa attended Junior College and Berkley [Annotator's Note: University of California at...
Tokuji Yoshihashi was drafted and went to Camp Blanding, Florida for 17 weeks of basic training. He was trained on...
Charles Fitts, Jr. had stashed a watch in the one place that the Germans did not search. It was an automatic wristwatch...
Gerard Halpern was serving with the XVth Corps when the war ended. He was stationed in the town of Chantilly right...
Olen Grant left the service when his operations had been completed. The army tried to get him stay in the service after...
Despite his excitement at being liberated from German custody, Rothacker Smith knew he was to return to a racist and...
When Harry Bell steamed into New York Harbor one of the first things he saw was the Statue of Liberty. When he saw it...
Philip Schweitzer cannot think of many other lighter moments than the ones he's already mentioned. He remembers one...
Lewis Guidry thinks it is very important to keep the history of World War 2 alive. A major message is to always try to...
When they were heading to Tonga, Fred Bergeron and the rest of his air group were dropped off in Fiji. They flew some...
Edwin McAuliffe graduated high school the year the war ended. When he started his first year of college at Southeastern...
Robert Liles attributes his success as a fighter pilot to the leadership he had in China from the general [Annotator's...
The medics tagged Robert L. Williams with stating that he was suffering from combat exhaustion and he was brought to...
Walter Imahara had an uncle who farmed with his father in Florin outside of Sacramento. His uncle had a lot of children...
It only took four days for the ship to cross the Atlantic. They landed in Boston and, after going ashore, Charles Fitts...
The worst camp Pearson Riddle stayed at was every camp following his experience in China. The worst camp he stayed in...
Darold Rice stated “I grew up,” when asked by the interviewer how the war changed his life. He came back with a renewed...
Edward Tipper continued his education after the service. He used the GI Bill to receive a Master’s Degree. He...
Richard Nummer returned to the United States in July 1946 after being in Japan for nine months. While on the trip home...
Joseph LaNier did not know what he would do after the service. He was reserve and not regular Army. Consequently, his...
After Okinawa, John Nicholas and the USS Gayety [Annotator's Note: USS Gayety (AM-239)] were sent to sweep for mines in...
At the end of the war, Elmo Espree was transported through the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean...
Murray Glass hated the Nazis. For years after the war, he had no use for Germans. The German denial of the Holocaust...
Cleveland Peterson did not take advantage of the GI Bill for education, but he did use it to build a house. After the...
James Gaffney discusses transition back into civilian life and his home life with two new children following his return...
Frederick Hollis was drafted in August 1952. He had 16 weeks of Army basic training in Fort Bliss, Texas, eight weeks...
Jack Brukman started law school using the GI Bill. That was interrupted by the sudden death of his father and the...
Felix Polito heard about the end of the war in Europe after his discharge [Annotator's Note: He was discharged in...
Samuel Spector recalled hearing of the war in Europe ending and the atomic bombs being dropped. He was in Burma when he...

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