Interactions with Allied troops

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When Martin Richard was inducted into the service, he could choose his branch of service. You could not volunteer, you...
William C. Smith, Junior [Annotator's Note: with the 1st Infantry Division] was in charge of a truck and the ammunition...
Thomas Edward Pugh was sent to the Marine Recruit Depot for boot camp in San Diego, California. He was woken up early...
Jacklyn Lucas's uncle had been a Marine. He finished his eighth grade of school in June 1942. He overwhelmed his mother...
No one encouraged Roberta Randolph "Randy" Tidmore to join the Marines. She chose the Marines because they did not have...
Archibald Rackerby was assigned to the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion. Colonel Liversedge [Annotator's Note: later US...
Theodore Vallas joined the Navy in 1939 when students in college were being prepared to go to the anticipated war....
John Gehrett was sent to a Navy supply school in conjunction with Harvard Business School [Annotator's Note: at Harvard...
[Annotator's Note: Paul Bosworth served in the USAAF as a tail gunner on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber in...
[Annotator's Note: Robert Prince volunteered to be a Ranger while in Port Moresby, New Guinea.] They moved to...
Joseph R. Romano was sent to Great Lakes at Chicago, Illinois [Annotator's Note: Naval Station Great Lakes in Lake...
Wallace McKay left high school in 1943 and enlisted in the Navy. His enlistment was to end on his 21st birthday. His...
Lee Roy Dugas was sent to San Diego for his Navy basic training. It was his first trip out of Louisiana, having never...
When Claude Taylor turned 18, he enlisted in the Navy. His father had been in the Army in France in World War 1. The...
Merlin Smith chose to join the Navy because he wanted to avoid the difficult life of an infantryman. He also liked the...
Thomas Francis Schicker was told he was ready to go overseas. At Area 13 [Annotator's Note: location on Marine Corps...
Berle Wheeler was sent to Camp Robinson, Arkansas for 13 weeks of boot camp. He was then sent to Camp Gordon in Augusta...
Felix Polito was drafted into the Army in November 1942. He went to Camp Maxey for his infantry training and was there...
Chester Brewer was sent to Las Vegas, Nevada and fired every gun from BB guns [Annotator's Note: air gun that fires...
When Robert Spint was first given his assignment and reached his company [Annotator's Note: 92nd Cavalry Reconnaissance...
Walter Sapp had been in his foxhole for eight days. He could not stand or walk. Two men lifted him out and he woke up...
Being a Cajun [Annotator's Note: a member of self-contained communities in southern Louisiana of French Canadian...
Walter Halloran would carefully pick his spots as he advanced in enemy territory. He would try to keep trees and brush...
Harold Joslin was transported from Guam directly to Japan on the Argentina Maru. [Annotator's Note: Joslin had been...
Robert Fulton had been brought to Japan to be interrogated by the Japanese Navy general staff in a camp called Ōfuna....
Lewis Thomas Easterling had broken his legs when his plane was hit and he could not go anywhere when he landed. A group...
Philip Mayer was a sergeant [Annotator's Note: in Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division]...
Wim de Jonge accompanied an officer to Jakarta. They traveled alone in a jeep through the mountains without convoy...
John Bradley served in the Army infantry and attended jump and Ranger school. He volunteered to join the 101st Airborne...
Lynward Joseph "Buddy" or "Bud" Adams joined the Navy with his two friends, and they were sent to San Diego [Annotator'...
Carl Koone was in the Army Air Corps for another year after his return to the United States. He spent the winter [...
Paul Dietzel flew from the Hawaiian Islands over Kwajalein to Tinian. During the flight they had not had anything to...
Jerome Fatora's captors, kids of 14 and 15 years old, put his platoon [Annotator's Note: Fatora was a member of Company...
Roy H. Matsumoto was successful in his covert work against the communists [Annotator's Note: he had been called into...
Lowell Hughes got new uniforms when he returned to Fort Devens [Annotator's Note: Ayer and Shirley, Massachusetts]. He...
Monroe Scherer had lost a year of studies due to illness as a child. When he turned 18, he was still in high school. He...

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