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Basil Woolf recollects that the Jewish organization that recruited him as a landing craft engine room operator after...
To Harry Quinn, combat was the closest thing to Hell that a person could experience. Sleep was disrupted at night by...
James Livaudais received replacements prior to the Battle of the Bulge. [Annotator’s Note: in December 1944] One...
Lawrence Brooks followed the war while he was in service. One of the islands he was on had Japanese pillboxes. The...
Following the Battle of the Bulge, Samuel Lombardo had to return to Verviers for supplies. All the way back from the...
Eugene DiSabatino had to return to his home in Wilmington, Delaware in order to find more civilian clothes that he...
William Pierce hated the Japanese before landing on Okinawa. Propaganda influenced his animosity. His feelings were...
[Annotator's Note: Robert Liles served in the USAAF and flew Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft with the 16th...
Edward Shames met the chief of the Dutch Undeground, John Van Kuijk, during Operation Market Garden in September 1944....
Charles Womack saw many civilians on Okinawa. The civilians would bow as the Marines passed by them. Womack's unit [...
John Singlaub had expected that his team would lead an attack on a German garrison, but a competing Communist...
At daylight, Herbert Gross was alone after bailing out of the B-24 [Annotator's Note: Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy...
Reva Kibort left the Warsaw Ghetto and made her way to the Aryan side. Her mother had provided them with some valuable...
John McConn and his troopship went directly from the United States through Gibraltar and landed in Marseilles, France....
Baptiste Puissegur reached Cherbourg, France and spent two or three months there. Additional training was provided to...
When Masaji Inoshita got to the ceremony [Annotator's Note: a Japanese surrender ceremony in China] he found out that...
Paula Knobler was lucky that she worked at a camp not in the German territory [Annotator's Note: the camp was in...
When Donald Beeghly’s unit [Annotator's Note: the 142nd Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion (mobile)] arrived in...
Claude Shannahan and his unit went to Vallejo, California while waiting for transfer papers to go on furlough. Shanahan...
Prior to the battle near Oradour-sur-Glane, John Singlaub experienced a German Heinkel 111 bomber attack. The aircraft...
Arthur Seltzer reached Munich, Germany. The troops could tell the war was coming to an end. That was the location of...
Norman Riggsby worked as an MP [Annotator’s Note: military policeman] and as a judge. When they not on motorcycle...
Peter Somogyi saw his father taken away within a week of 19 March 1944 [Annotator's Note: the day Germany occupied...
Basil Woolf experienced the buzz bomb [Annotator's Note: German V-1 rocket bomb] attacks perpetrated by Germany on...
Bernard Friedenberg fought at Aachen, Germany on the Siegfried Line. He was doing the same thing over and over again...
Bob Miksa [Annotator’s Note: Robert Miksa] and the 745th Tank Battalion passed right through the Siegfried Lines...
After coming back to the United States Raymond Wells took a train to meet his wife in Aberdeen, North Dakota. On the...
James Livaudais was part of the division which was to become the Sergeant York Division—the 82nd Division with about 16...
Wallace Jeffery and the 300 or so troops in his unit got together after Paris. [Annotator’s Note: the unit was the...
Samuel Lombardo appreciated his boyhood in Pennsylvania. He grew up admiring the forefathers of the United States. They...
Leonard Brooks was born in the Philippines in 1924. His parents had gone to the Philippines in 1922 as missionaries and...
Robert Fisch had contracted a fever. [Annotator's Note: He had been exposed to typhus at the Austrian border on his way...
They [Annotator's Note: John Mock and his fellow soldiers of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th...
As they [Annotator's Note: Martin Carmody and John Liska] approached, the entire village came to greet them. Carmody...
Edward "Babe" Heffron jumped into Holland and spent over 78 days there. The jump into the drop zone meant kill or be...
Joy Skelton returned to Holland and had a reunion with many of her relatives. Life there was difficult because the...

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