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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...
Jack Brukman and his outfit [Annotator's Note: 498th Bombardment Group, 73rd Bombardment Wing] eventually moved from...
Walter Nelson loved the airplane he flew in [Annotators Note: TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bombers]. It was slow but...
John Nicholas's ship, the USS Gayety (AM-239), participated in submarine chasing in the Pacific. He set the depth...
John Nicholas experienced Japanese suicide attacks on his ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Gayety (AM-239)]. A wooden...
[Annotator's Note: This segment begins with someone off camera talking about Orville Bethard seeing kamikaze aircraft...
[Annotator's Note: Harold DeForest served in the Army as a gunner on a 60mm mortar in Company A, 1st Battalion, 129th...
During the war James Salerno did not like the Japanese and had nothing nice to say about them. The Japanese soldiers...
John Nicholas lost touch with his half brother, George Hamaty, for three years during the war. While Nicholas was on...
[Annotator's Note: Jack Thornhill served in the Navy as a gunner's mate aboard the USS Daly (DD-519) and was a gun...
During their return to the United States, John Nicholas and the crew of the Gayety [Annotator's Note: USS Gayety (AM-...
[Annotator's Note: George Peto served in the US Marine Corps in a machine gun section in 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine...
David Yoho remembers the huge fleet off Okinawa and the explosion of an ammunition ship. It had been attacked by a...
John Nicholas fought in World War 2 because the guys before him had signed up so he had to do so also. He had to fight...
The Laffey [Annotator's Note: US Navy destroyer USS Laffey, DD-724] had new radar and sonar equipment and that put the...
It turned out that a small piece of shrapnel had severed Burgess's spinal chord. Burgess was 18 years old. Karr had...
Karr believed that Admiral Becton [Annotator's Note: F. Julian Becton was the Commander of the Laffey] was a very, very...
Karr found out from the Laffey's newsletter that one of his buddies had fallen and broken his hip. Karr did not go to...
On the morning of the battle, Vejtasa was flying CAP. Jimmy Flately and Johnny Leppla were flying escort for the...
The ship [Annotator's Note: the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13)] wasn't at Pearl Harbor for long before heading...
When Crain was in the armada heading towards the beaches [Annotator's Note: during the invasion of Sicily, July 1943],...
The invasion at Ormoc Bay was small and consisted mainly of destroyers and rocket firing landing craft.The Laffey [...
During the night the Japanese must have started a push because the ship [Annotator’s Note: the destroyer USS Evans]...
Bailey had been walking around the ship [Annotator's Note: the ship that was taking him to the invasion of Okinawa]. He...
Kerama Retto [Annotator's Note: Kerama Islands off of Okinawa] was used as a staging area for the destroyers going out...
The 2nd plane [Annotator’s Note: the 2nd kamikaze on 10 May 1945] that hit them hit the after engine room. He came in...
Stratton went to Corona, California towards the end of 1942. He was there for a couple months before he was medically...
From Pearl Harbor they were sent to the Pacific [Annotator’s Note: the crew of the USS Missouri in January 1945] and...
Around 8:15 or 8:20 [Annotator's Note: on the morning of 16 April 1945] the first 4 Japanese kamikaze planes heading...
Connick recalls having great respect for the Marines they picked up at Iwo Jima. He watched them fight, seeing the...
Karr recalls having to go up on deck with buckets of water from down below. One of the times he went up to dump a...
They had the Evans floating and had an auxiliary generator running; that meant lights and refrigeration. They were...
They went directly into Ormoc Bay [Annotator's Note: Philippines]. Once the troops landed the kamikazes started to...
When the Laffey left Pearl Harbor she was assigned as a escort for an old battleship heading out into the Pacific to...
There were a lot of events that did not make a lasting impression on Crain. He cannot recall the troops he brought in...

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