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Basil Woolf was in London for some of the German bombing. He was home on leave and found his fiancé in an air raid...
Robert Max transferred to Ohio University for his sophomore year of college because the commute was easier and the...
Leo Terrebonne was sent to Fort Crockett near Galveston, Texas for seven weeks of basic training, after which he was a...
Bob Miksa [Annotator’s Note: Robert Miksa] was inducted into the service at Camp Grant, Illinois then sent to Camp...
Eugene Vaadi enlisted in the US Army Air Forces at age 20 and was sent to Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Alabama for...
Russell Mayeur left New Orleans for St. Petersburg, Florida to train for the Merchant Marine. He had no problem with...
Troy Edwards entered boot camp in San Diego. It was a lonesome experience for him. He did find a friend to talk to...
James Downing began his Navy training outside of Chicago. He had a 30 day leave before beginning the instructions. He...
Theodore Wessen had the support of his mother when he joined the Navy. There were two siblings still at home with her....
George Joseph Bertucci went to San Diego, California for basic training. After three weeks, he went aboard the USS...
Antoinette Underwood signed up for the Army a day or two after Pearl Harbor. She had to go to West Point for an...
Robert Knudson doesn't remember the Seabees [Annotator's Note: members of naval construction battalions] at his level...
Marigold McNeely was trained to work on the Bombe machine at Bletchley. It was mandatory to be at least five foot, four...
During one mission when Lowell Brueland escorted allied bombers over Berlin, a flight of eight JU-88s [Annotator’s Note...
Felix J. Polito was born in Franklin, Louisiana in 1922. He lived there until he was 19 years old. In January 1942, he...
Roy Johnston was born in Emma, Louisiana and grew up in various settlements in the northwest of the state. His father...
Blanche Marie (Gregory) Barnes Gangwere was born in 1918 in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up near Northeast High...
In 1940, when Firman Balza was 17 years old, there was talk of mobilizing the military. He joined Navy Reserves in...
Winfield Zerphey was based on the southern coast of England at Dunkeswell. The airmen lived in Quonset huts. They had...
Cyril Buchert was stationed on Biak. He was overseas for a full year. He saw few locals except when he was in Manila en...
Donald Wilson recounts a court martial and other interesting incidents that occurred while his ship [Annotator's Note:...
Dell Lauderdale was 18 years old and working on the family farm for his father when he decided to join the Marines [...
James Crane’s brother was taken prisoner by the Germans [Annotator’s Note: after being shot down over the Ploesti...
Clarence Schilperoot returned home by train after reaching the United States. He had a reunion with his parents upon...
Max Finesmith had a wonderful reunion with his family upon his return to the United States. A brother met him while he...
John LeBure knew that work was being reduced so he left the company [Annotator's Note: Higgins Industries in New...
Earl Tweed served in Germany on occupation duty as commander of an anti-tank company. He held that command until the...
James Downing and a group of boot camp comrades signed up together for the USS West Virginia (BB-48). At six years old...
Chester Biernacki returned to the United States and was based at Treasure Island near San Francisco. While there on...
John Pogue flew into Holland in a glider as a member of a rifle company. He was under fire there as he was in the...
George Morgan mentioned Kauffman as being the only superintendant of the Naval Academy who followed his father in that...
Leo Terrebonne was assigned to the 1302nd Engineer General Service Regiment, 1st Battalion, Company C, and he endured a...
Ralph Hopkins and his ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Louisville (CA-28)] continued along the Chinese coast to accept...
[Annotator's Note: Carl Peterson served in the Army as a mortar man in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment...
After boot camp, Donald Witmer was designated for torpedo school, which was not among his choices for assignment. In...
William Myers, Jr. described submarine school at Pearl Harbor as good and not good; he hated training in the pressure...

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