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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Robert Dickinson's fourth patrol [Annotator's Note: aboard the USS Queenfish (SS-393)] included the sad story of the...
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...
Ralph Hopkins had a relief man named Ronald Lucas. They worked well with each other. They alternated watches to best...
John Nicholas experienced Japanese suicide attacks on his ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Gayety (AM-239)]. A wooden...
Rollins Rosenzweig continued to fly missions over Okinawa after the attack on the Japanese battleship Yamato. Missions...
[Annotator's Note: This segment begins with someone off camera talking about Orville Bethard seeing kamikaze aircraft...
Melvin Munch corresponded with his future wife back home while he was on Okinawa. The letters had to be reviewed by...
[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...
Patrick Russell was aboard a cruiser [Annotator's Note: the USS Detroit (CL-8)] that performed a "pineapple run." It...
Harold Zeringer was a participant in the assault to take the Japanese held island of Okinawa. The invasion took place...
[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-...
Edward Bale went to Okinawa at the beginning of the assault as part of a deception force that did not land. The 2nd...
Jake Ussery and the Langley [Annotator's Note: USS Langley (CVL-27)] began to prepare for Okinawa soon after departing...
Robert Oplinger participated in several battles before Okinawa. It took three months for the United States for defeat...
[Annotator's Note: George Peto served in the US Marine Corps in a machine gun section in 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine...
Ralph Hopkins participated in the battle of Okinawa [Annotator's Note: while aboard the USS Louisville (CA-28)]. It was...

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