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Harold Lightell served in Belgium after the war as part of the occupation force. The people were wonderful to the...
Calvin Moret was still a 19 year old teenager when his mother pinned his wings on him. The war in the Pacific ended...
Joseph Simpson felt like a liberator while in France and Belgium. People in Belgium today treat the American veterans...
George Linker thought he would return to the United States as soon as the war ended. Instead, he stayed in Japan for...
Jack Brukman started law school using the GI Bill. That was interrupted by the sudden death of his father and the...
Harold Bergbower stayed in the Air Force full time after World War 2. He went to Chanute Field in Illinois and took...
Walter Broll and his ship the Grace Abbott were in the harbor of Bari, Italy for two weeks before the attack took place...
Harold Gournay was captured by the Germans and taken by truck from Yugoslavia to Austria. [Annotator's Note: Gournay...
Benedict Bronder came aboard PT-305 while it was in New Orleans, Louisiana. That was where he met his fellow crewman...
Larry Dawson told Zhanna Arshanskaya Dawson and her sister Frina that their transport to America could be arranged so...
Zhanna Dawson and her sister reached the rail station after a 25 kilometer walk [Annotator's Note: the two girls had...
Edward "Babe" Heffron felt good about being in the airborne with the best unit he could have joined [Annotator's Note:...
Abe Milkis found the German troops to be good fighters. At the end, the enemy soldiers were just a bunch of young kids...
Calvin Moret admits that the Tuskegee Airman flying experiences did not affect his life until the movie was released [...
James Livaudais saw that the German troops in Ludwigslust, Germany tried their best not to be taken prisoner by the...
Reva Kibort is very angry about the losses she experienced during the Holocaust. She lost her father and mother among...
Arthur Staymates had posttraumatic stress disorder but did not know what it was. The memories usually involved some...
Elisabeth Bolster went to New York to be with her in-laws at Jackson Heights [Annotator's Note: she left Fillmore, Utah...
To Jack Brukman, the most memorable incident of World War 2 was when his hearing saved him from being injured by a bomb...
Joy Skelton came to realize the importance of living for the day while she was in a concentration camp. She has tried...
James Weller pondered whether the accomplishments and sacrifices of the World War II were worthwhile. He sees...
Robert Inghram and his fellow prisoners were moved to Moosburg. The prisoners were given 30 minutes to pack. The...
After the siege of the Brest peninsula, Earl Tweed and his company [Annotator's Note: Company L, 3rd Battalion, 115th...
Abe Milkis returned to his Company as a bazooka man who was assisted by a loader. [Annotator’s Note: Milkis had...
Edward "Babe" Heffron was looking forward to reuniting with a couple of broads [Annotator's Note: females] upon his...
[Annotator's Note: William G. Roy served in the Navy as a Photographer's Mate 2nd Class aboard the aircraft carrier USS...
Judith Meisel was born in 1929 in Josvainiai, Lithuania. Her father died before the onset of war. She survived the...
Benjamin Lesser reached Hungary. He had to register in the Police Office to define his uncle as his guardian. During...
Jack Brukman found everything to be out of whack for them when they arrived at their destination [Annotator's Note: the...
James Livaudais remembers some of the men in his company who were not exactly the best soldiers. One was named James...
Judith Meisel and her sister were treated nicely at the convent [Annotator's Note: they had just escaped a death march...
Richard Greer left Guadalcanal on 5 or 6 January 1943 and went to Melbourne. He was very happy to be leaving the island...
Wayne Pierce and the 325th Glider Infantry did not make the fight in Sicily. A couple of days prior to entry into that...
William Epperson reached Southern France. His division [Annotator's Note: the 45th Infantry Division] experienced very...
[Annotator's Note: Richard Field served in the Army as a paratrooper with the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion, then...
Upon his return to the United States, Dell Lauderdale was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. It was not a good place to be....

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