Interactions with Allied troops

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Before bailing out of his stricken airplane [Annotator's Note: near Brunet, France], Irving Baum [Annotator's Note: a...
Philip Whitman's 33rd mission was flown on 13 February 1945 over an oil refinery in Vienna, Austria. It was 53 degrees...
Raymond Kaiser was taken on a mission by his CO [Annotator's Note: commanding officer]. He asked why he was taking him...
[Annotator's Note: Paul Bosworth served in the USAAF as a tail gunner on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber in...
During the Invasion of Leyte [Annotator's Note: Battle of Leyte, 17 October to 26 December 1944], Robert Marich and his...
Joseph Geary's baptism by fire was by flak [Annotator's Note: antiaircraft artillery fire]. He realized that the bursts...
Joe G. Casillas had his baptism of fire right on the escarpment [Annotator's Note: after landing on Okinawa, Japan, 10...
Life on base was "awful" according to Edwin Sved. The men lived in tents set up in the mud and took cold showers, but...
When Henry Schaller arrived at his base in Italy and saw the airplanes, he cried. He could not believe they actually...
A mission to Berlin [Annotator's Note: Berlin, Germany] is the one that stands out in Daniel Samuelson's mind the most...
Monroe Scherer was shipped out to California where he visited some relatives and friends. He then went by troop ship to...
Theodore Skare was drafted in May 1943. He had previously tried to enlist in the Army Air Corps but they turned him...
[Annotator's Note: There is a loud hissing noise throughout this clip.] Everything was different for Bernard B. "Bernie...
Walter Sapp's father had been in World War 1 and knew what infantry was about. Sapp did not consult with his family...
Alton Bourg was stationed with men who were mostly from Pennsylvania and were professionals in their civilian lives....
Anthony Stefanelli was drafted into the Army. He was first sent to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, which was an engineering...
John Symons had basic training at Jefferson Barracks [Annotator's Note: Jefferson Barracks Military Post, Lemay,...
William Burrus was drafted [Annotator's Note: in the spring of 1943] and went to Fort McClellan, Alabama for induction...
Gerard Dillon went to Camp Croft, South Carolina for infantry basic training from November until January [Annotator's...
Donald Dean Paynter attended basic training in Houston, Texas. He just remembers it being physical and he got a lot of...
William Albright enlisted in the Army Air Corps because he wanted to fly, even though he had never flown before. He had...
On 8 September 1942, Irving Baum entered the service and was sent to Camp Upton in Long Island, New York. Three days...
At Camp Campbell [Annotator's Note: now Fort Campbell in Oak Grove, Kentucky and Clarksville, Tennessee], Frank...
The men Andrew A. Rooney was training with [Annotator's Note: in the 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 13th Field...
Donald Evans was in basic training and the Americans were kicking the Germans up and down in North Africa. Evans was in...
Louis Liberato was sent to New Cumberland, Pennsylvania after being drafted. He was then sent from there to Fort Bragg...
Walter Rozett was sent to basic training in Atlantic City, New Jersey and lived in a hotel for three months. Whenever...
Charles Slay was sent to Oregon after being drafted into the Army and was assigned to the 104th Infantry Division. They...
Earl Dean Browning holds up a book that he put together after he came home from the service [Annotator's Note: in...
Richard O'Hara took a train with eight others to San Diego [Annotator's Note: San Diego, California]. They did not know...
George Mitchell feels the training at Montford Point [Annotator's Note: Camp Montford Point, Jacksonville, North...
James Jordan took his basic training at Fort Lee, Virginia. It was night and day from his college military experience....
Walter Atwood worked for Boeing [Annotator's Note: The Boeing Company] for a couple of years and got deferments [...
[Annotator's Note: The interview starts abruptly.] In December 1944, Carl Beck was 19 years old and had just gotten...
Claude Bufford Shaw's ship, the Walke [Annotator's Note: USS Walke (DD-416)], was the lead in the six-ship column. When...
Edgar De Pue Osgood spent some time on liberty [Annotator's Note: an authorized absence for a short period of time]...

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