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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...
Norris Bucksell and the 370th Regimental Combat Team, 92nd Infantry Division, crossed the Arno River in Italy. There...
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...
In the meantime, Joseph Arbour saw a wanted ad for someone to work with a mimeograph, so he applied for the position....
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...
Joseph Arbour recalls when the USS Portland (CA-33) provided shelling during the Battle of Tawara. He also remembers...
When Francis Resta’s platoon [Annotator's Note: Resta served in the weapons platoon of Company B, 1st Battalion, 407th...
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...
Gerald Abbenhaus was born in January 1920 on a farm in northeast Nebraska. He went to Bloomfield High [Annotator's Note...
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...
Michael Linquata and his friend Ray Miller were taken to an airport in Germany after their liberation. They were...
The two years of college at Carnegie Institute of Technology was helpful to Joseph Linett and the Navy. Radar was the...
After the Bulge [Annotator’s Note: Battle of the Bulge or Ardennes Counteroffensive, 16 December 1944 to 25 January...
Norman Bussel’s pilot wanted him and the engineer, [Annotator’s Note: Staff Sergeant William Peters, top turret gunner...
Very soon, Lorraine Mesken became aware that the Japanese-American citizens in her area were being gathered at the...
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...
Arnold Debrick went to Camp Hood, Texas for basic training. He was used to hard work so basic training was not all that...
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...

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