Life in the Field/aboard ship

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The two years of college at Carnegie Institute of Technology was helpful to Joseph Linett and the Navy. Radar was the...
Alois Kopp enlisted in the Navy in September 1937 despite the fact he could not swim. He learned fast. He volunteered...
By the time Harold Whitaker made his first voyage carrying grain to North Africa the war in Europe was over so there...
For Gerard Halpern the trip from the United States to Italy was unremarkable except that they ran out of food near the...
Richard Bennett described the PT-470 as being armed with a thunderbolt, which is a 37mm and a 20mm cannon mounted...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer asks George Haines about "shutting off" when overseas and asks about any haunting...
Jack Brukman realized that there was nothing to do when he was off duty [Annotator's Note: while serving as a ground...
Harold Buell was stationed on Guadalcanal where he found life in the field to be far more difficult than it was on his...
Marvin Westcott was aboard the USS Balch (DD-363) while she performed escort duty for the aircraft USS Enterprise (CV-6...
Waldeman Czaban recalls the logistics of battles in the Pacific. Supplies and equipment were difficult, and sometimes...
Robert Knudson remembers the shellback ceremony when he crossed the equator as being theatrical and funny. He was...
Norman Mineta and his family were transferred to the Japanese-American internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming [...
John Kerner was having Christmas Eve dinner in Metz, France. He thought they would get to take a day off to reorganize...
George Haines says that the equipment supply chain worked well. They would often be short of the clips for the Thompson...
Soon after the Battle of the Philippines, Murphy Burke remembers spending a week at one of the larger ports, Ulithi....
Moses Hogan doesn't think movies about Pearl Harbor are authentic. After Pearl Harbor, Hogan was on a destroyer [...
Reva Kibort was in school at a new DP [Annotator's Note: displaced person] camp called Neu Freiman near Munich when an...
The American troops were taken prisoner, and Alexander Marsh said he marched for three days into the interior of...
There was a nice beach [Annotator's Note: in a cove along the Batang Peninsula] where Angus Lorenzen and his fellow...
Guy Stern's fellow interrogator and friend, Kurt Jasen, was nearby on Omaha Beach and called for Stern to come over and...
At the time of his overseas deployment, Morton Brooks had little knowledge about the German treatment of Jews, except...
Kept waiting, Dominick Sgobbo was disappointed that he didn't get to Normandy until August 1944. The whole 2nd...
Joseph LaNier had no training or explanation concerning how to perform as a Seabee [Annotator’s Note: Seabee is a twist...
[Annotator's Note: This segment is the beginning of a second interview recorded with Mrs. Grant in the studio at The...
Allen Horton was commissioned out of midshipmen's school in Chicago, Illinois, and proceeded to Scouts and Raiders...
Constance Negrotto had cousins and friends who were all over the place during the war. They kept her informed of what...
Frank Pomroy begins the interview by talking about the living conditions on Guadalcanal. Living conditions were as...
Leslie Aigner walked through the outskirts of Landsberg. A fellow prisoner pointed out the prison where Hitler [...
[Annotator's Note: Arthur Pendleton served in the US Marine Corps as a machine gunner in Company H, 2nd Battalion, 1st...
Ela Weissberger said epidemics were rampant. The Red Cross was very strict, and didn't allow the Russian army to...
Edward Stone normally stood four hour watches in the Radio Room [Annotator’s Note: aboard the USS Pyro (AE-1)] and then...
Donald Scholle was responsible on his submarine [Annotator's Note: USS Spadefish (SS-411)] for manning the conning...
Wim de Jonge's Japanese captors disrespected the POWs [Annotator's Note: prisoners of war]. Prisoners would be beaten...
Norman Mineta saw no newspapers in the camp. No radios were allowed. The only mail that arrived came from family...
Catherine Long lived in a barracks with four other WAVES [Annotator's Note: Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency...
Thomas Amico was assigned to PT-155, which was one boat in a squadron of 12. The crew was friendly, in spite of being...

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