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Theodore Wessen and the USS Pirate (AM-275) went to Guam after that island had been recaptured by the United States....
Robert Oplinger left Fort Pierce, Florida training [Annotator's Note: as a member of Underwater Demolition Team 21 (UDT...
John Nicholas first experienced an aerial attack on his ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Gayety (AM-239)] a few months...
John Alison's departure from Burma occurred when he was behind enemy lines. He left in a damaged RAF [Annotator's Note...
Donald Lindquist, of the US Merchant Marine, was likely in Ulithi or the Philippines, when the United States dropped...
Paul J. Frisco and the USS Cushing (DD-797) accompanied a Task Force that included the USS Franklin (CV-13) offshore of...
Jack Brukman and his outfit [Annotator's Note: 498th Bombardment Group, 73rd Bombardment Wing] eventually moved from...
During the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Paul J. Frisco and the USS Cushing (DD-797) were part of Task Group 38.2 under Admiral...
Jack Taylor participated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. His air group from the USS Essex (CV-9) was tasked with attacking...
Walter Nelson loved the airplane he flew in [Annotators Note: TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bombers]. It was slow but...
Henry A. Tacket was aboard the USS Heermann (DD-532) when the invasion of the Philippines started. The initial landings...
Michael Mickey Ganitch enlisted in the Navy, scored well on tests, and was sent to San Diego for boot camp. He...
James Odom recalled two big "fracases." In Leyte Bay, his ship was part of what he has been told was the largest...
C. Charles Collie rejoined his ship [Annotator's Note: USS Blue (DD-744)] after it had become part of the screening...
The USS Twiggs (DD-591), according to Donald Witmer, was then assigned to Roger Peter 2, a radar picket station, which...
Following the end of the war, Patrick Russell flew in other carrier squadrons [Annotator's Note: after Composite...
John Nicholas's ship, the USS Gayety (AM-239), participated in submarine chasing in the Pacific. He set the depth...
After crossing the Pacific, Philip Dunford's troop ship docked in Hawaii for a couple of days. He does not recall...
Albert Reale remembers that the size of the Pacific impressed him, and there were many days when he saw nothing but...
Marvin Hill was born in November 1925 in Louisa County, Virginia, the only male child of six children. His father was...
At Ormoc Bay, John E. Johnson drove his LCVP [Annotator's Note: Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel also referred to as...
Marvin Hill went to the Parcel Post building in Richmond to enlist, and underwent a physical. He was rejected, and told...
Richard Witaker was apprehensive about going ashore before Okinawa. He had seen his first indications of war while at...
Murphy Burke had been gone for two years when he got his first leave in April 1945. While overseas he had stayed in...
Douglas Harper said that after Pearl Harbor it was believed the Fifth Column had poisoned the water supply. [Annotator'...
Charles Brooks saw purple flak on his first combat mission off the Enterprise [Annotator's Note: USS Enterprise (CV-6...
Stewart Bass flew off the Lexington [Annotator's Note: USS Lexington (CV-16)] to the Japanese home islands over Tokyo...
Robert Dickinson's fourth patrol [Annotator's Note: aboard the USS Queenfish (SS-393)] included the sad story of the...
Still in the Philippines, Clem Thrift's ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Holt (DE-706)] moved on to bombarding the...
Henry A. Tacket was aboard the USS Heermann (DD-532) after the Battle of Eniwetok when the fleet was sent to a natural...
Waldeman Czaban recalls the logistics of battles in the Pacific. Supplies and equipment were difficult, and sometimes...
About eight months after the Helena went down [Annotator's Note: the USS Helena (CL-50) was sunk during the Battle of...
Edwin Knight participated in the amphibious landings in Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines [Annotator's Note: in January...
Donald Witmer said the Japanese decided on a last-gasp attempt at interrupting the invasion of Leyte with three prongs...
At 19 years of age, Murphy Burke witnessed the fight at Iwo Jima. He described the day as breaking grungy, with low...
Ralph Hopkins had a relief man named Ronald Lucas. They worked well with each other. They alternated watches to best...

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