Life in the Field/aboard ship

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Norman Neste left for Europe in October 1944 after the D-Day invasion [Annotator's Note: the Allied invasion of...
Carl Landwehr was able to get a letter to his mother telling her of his being wounded, before the Army went to tell her...
Charles Radford tried to keep his mind on the task at hand. Once someone died they were dead and they had to be able to...
After being turned down by the Navy for being blind in one eye, Clifton Trahan was accepted into the US Merchant Marine...
Lloyd Dendy and another man were on the side of a bomb crater and got blown out of their foxhole. They both vibrated...
Carl Marca was in Townsville, Australia for a short period of time before heading to Port Moresby, New Guinea. There he...
Nolan Albarado was in a tent in Rennes, France on Christmas Eve 1944. He volunteered to bake cakes for his company [...
Near the end of the war, Warren Nolan was near Okinawa. They would spend months at general quarters and were exhausted...
Fernando Serna had several close calls during the war. Assigned to Corregidor Island in the Philippines, he got out of...
C. Charles Collie rejoined his ship [Annotator's Note: USS Blue (DD-744)] after it had become part of the screening...
Dominick Sgobbo walked 200 miles with Patton's [Annotator's Note: US Army Lieutenant General George S. Patton] forces...
John Poole found out after the fact that Marseilles, France, where he landed, was a communist hotbed. The dock workers...
Francis Hurd's engineering unit [Annotator's Note: the 291st Engineer Combat Battalion] built a number of Bailey...
Dabney Montgomery arrived in Bari, Italy in January 1944. It was the day after a heavy German bombardment. There were...
After parachuting into France and landing in trees in the mountains, Melvin Dahlberg and other paratroopers from the...
Leroy Fadem experienced long voyages between sightings of land while he served in the Pacific [Annotator's Note: Fadem...
Upon reaching the port in Cherbourg, France, Henry Malec saw remnants of ships all around. He did not have time to...
Joseph Orlando was assigned to Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot, Hingham, Massachusetts to be a Drill Instructor but it...
Elisabeth Bolster and her husband left Bremerhaven for America. There were four tier bunk beds on the ship. There were...
Anton Jaber took his basic training at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. He went right into advanced training with his division [...
Arnold Debrick was at a reunion with his wife some years after the war. They arrived early and his old colonel was...
Nathan Taffel and his brother were forced by the Germans to leave their labor camp and begin a death march. The weather...
Clarence Carlson was in Belgium when President Roosevelt [Annotator's Note: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President...
Jackson Davis took the USS Neosho (AO-23) from San Pedro, California and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 7 September 1941....
Warren Nolan was quickly made an Officer of the Deck aboard the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) while only an ensign. He was...
Arnold Debrick got separated from his unit in Bastogne, Belgium and hitched a ride on a passing truck. When he got off...
Harold Joslin was an intercept operator [Annotator's Note: communication code specialist who interpreted enemy coded...
Cleveland Peterson heard about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor after boarding a ship in San Francisco, California...
Shifted about, Alexander Marsh didn't feel he had been adequately trained in any position. Nevertheless, he got orders...
Walter Halloran landed in a small English town with his company and their equipment in preparation for the invasion [...
During the trip overseas, Lewis Guidry and the other men aboard ship were only fed two meals per day. They traveled...
Howard Genrich had an accident while disassembling a .50 caliber machine gun. His finger was caught in the bolt and he...
Angelo Ciotta was shot in the leg and evacuated to an Army hospital in Guam. He spent ten days there and then went to...
Gabriel Spinelli didn't go home immediately after the war's end but it wasn't long before he was shipped to India for a...
Gustave Heinecke was made a Lieutenant, and as commanding officer was in charge of taking the USS LCS(L)(3)-1 back...

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