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Gordon Higgins describes basic training and the evaluations performed and placements made as well as the issuance of...
Robert Riddle went to San Pedro, California for boot camp. He was excited to see the ocean for the first time, and...
Edward Chinnis enlisted in the Navy on 11 November [Annotator's Note: 11 November 1942] in Raleigh, North Carolina then...
Dossie East went to boot camp in Newport, Rhode Island, and upon graduation went directly to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and...
Marine Corps boot camp was not bad for Ed Weber. They needed bodies then, so it was not that bad. Today, boot camp is...
Irvin C. Klimas was in boot camp for six weeks. After boot camp, he had a ten day leave [Annotator's Note: an...
When John Laster got to Great Lakes, Illinois for boot training, he became a part of Company 1595, 36th Battalion, 23rd...
Melvin Linkous and his company [Annotator's Note: Cannon Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division]...
James Marks was assigned to the USS Nassau (CVE-16), an escort aircraft carrier, as a chaplain. It was not a very fast...
Donelson Houseman believes that the magnitude of the German offensive [Annotator's Note: the German Ardennes Offensive...
In November [Annotator's Note: November 1944], Kenneth H. Bailey's outfit [Annotator's Note: Headquarters...
Melvin Abadie assisted in the landing at Guam after the original landing. They first bombarded Guam before the landing...
Reginald Duncan was born in February 1922 in Newark, New Jersey. He grew up in Kearny, New Jersey with his parents and...
Elmo Espree's troop ship sailed from Australia for the Bay of Bengal in India. In India, Espree went through the Ganges...
William Harvey was stationed on a big island named Burrwood [Annotator's Note: Burrwood, Louisiana]. The United States...
The Belgian and Dutch civilians were nice people. Sam V. Abate felt like he was at home. Belgium was alright but it was...
While in Calcutta, George Rudloff developed physical activities in which the American soldiers could participate. There...
At Sioux City, the ground crew was completing their training and going on last leaves. One day, the first sergeant...
Bernice Trotter was assigned to Camp Pendleton [Annotator's Note: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County...
Roy Stewart went to Camp Pendleton [Annotator's Note: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California...
James Jeter was drafted in 1944 but did not pass the physical examination at Fort Humbug [Annotator’s Note: in...
Richard Keller was at Camp Shelby [Annotator's Note: Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi] when he was asked to be...
Tom Quigley recounts how he was in church when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place and did not even know about the...
Marvin Sussman's first combat experience took place in the village of Rocheville [Annotator's Note: Rocheville, France...
Robert Payne went to one concentration camp and it was as has been described. He never saw any Americans who had been...
Cape Gloucester was a rough campaign for Arthur Pendelton. They captured prisoners. Some of the fellas that had lost...
Frank H. O'Leary and his unit [Annotator's Note: Company H, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division]...
After being turned down by the Navy for being blind in one eye, Clifton Trahan was accepted into the US Merchant Marine...
Chafer Honea was on his way to Nuremberg, Germany with C Battery, 433rd Antiaircraft Battalion, 939th Field Artillery...
Raymond Hayes and his ship [Annotator's Note: USS Tortuga (LSD-26)] went to different places in China, delivering food...
Robert Brant wanted to be transferred to new duties on an escort ship going to the Philippines after spending 11 months...
Francis Bucher says the closest he came to death was when he flew with a drunk commander. He was in the hangar ready...
Eugene Henry Gierka's most memorable experience was his being exposed as an interpreter to a couple hundred Polish...
Seymour Reitman returned to Europe and went to the Elsenborn Camp [Annotator's Note: the area of Elsenborn Ridge in...
Jim Stumpfa sang the US Coast Guard song while they were marching. He enjoyed the exercise. He did not like the middle-...
In early January [Annotator's Note: January 1944], Bowdre McDowell went to Great Lakes, Illinois [Annotator's Note:...

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