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Joe Clapper was born in Jonesboro, Indiana, but grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He joined the Marine Corps just out of...
At Ormoc Bay, John E. Johnson drove his LCVP [Annotator's Note: Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel also referred to as...
Robert Mayes knew the end of the war was impending when the Germans were trying to surrender to his unit [Annotator's...
Jack Brukman could not tell the war was coming to a close. The airplanes he serviced as a ground crewman had been...
Following the Battle of the Bulge, Carrol Joy and his outfit [Annotator’s Note: the 514th Fighter Squadron, 406th...
Ray Snyder graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Engineering Physics, and was commissioned in...
It took a good month for Joseph Blouin to fly from West Palm Beach, Florida to England. The captain checking them in in...
Charles Balaza enlisted [Annotator's Note: in the Army] on 12 February 1940 prior to the entry of the United States in...
When William Hussey graduated from high school he was too young to enter the Naval Academy, so he signed up for the...
Sherwin Callander's parents gave their permission for their 19 year old son to enlist. He took a bus to San Diego,...
Jackson Davis went to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to practice law. The Draft Act [Annotator's Note: Selective Training and...
Marvin Hill went to the Parcel Post building in Richmond to enlist, and underwent a physical. He was rejected, and told...
Anne Levy and her family needed three things to get out of the Warsaw Ghetto. They had to have papers saying they were...
By the end of January 1945, Carroll Knutson could hear the artillery fire in the distance as the Soviets advanced into...
Norman Bussel left his final training base and took a train to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. He and the crew were pretty...
Jack Carver fought face to face with the Germans during the war. They could see each other's faces. It was obvious the...
In September 1944, Francis Resta was attached to the 29th Infantry Division and he saw his first combat at Birgden,...
Once, after the war had ended in Europe, a guard told Charles Slay there was a German woman he could not get rid of and...
John Kerner thought he would be taking part in the D-Day invasion [Annotator's Note: the invasion of Normandy on 6 June...
Lloyd Dendy and his brother enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves. When the Korean War broke out they were called back...
That was as close as Emmett Kaylor ever came to getting hit [Annotator's Note: during a Japanese attack in the...
Norman Neste feels that The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana is a good institution to have, especially for...
Roger Shaw boarded another ship after his assignment as captain of the Army transport. The ship had a radio operator...
The squadron [Annotator's Note: 840th Bombardment Squadron, 483rd Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force] traveled to Bangor...
Michael Mickey Ganitch enjoyed the sights and sports in Pearl Harbor. He was a bit of a loner because he did not drink...
Trinidad Ledesma received orders to ship out from Fort Ord [Annotator's Note: in California] at around three or four o'...
Herbert Stern was in the 325th Field Artillery Battalion as a battery commander under General Foster [Annotator's Note...
Around the second week of September [Annotator's Note: September 1944], Milton Moxon and the 94th Infantry Division...
Anton Jaber went ashore [Annotator's Note: across Omaha Beach, Normandy, France] around 13 July 1944. He went to an...
Martin Richard's first mission was almost complete catastrophe. [Annotator's Note: He flew his firts mission on 6 June...
[Annotator's Note: Gerard Dillon was a platoon commander in Company G, 2nd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment...
John Morrow was a radio operator on a B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] based in...
George Hood flew bombing missions against Japanese residential sections of Tokyo. That was because the enemy had...
Norman Bussel’s first mission was with an older, experienced crew. Lieutenant Hughes was the pilot and the crew were...
Harry Watson went to Newport, Rhode Island [Annotator's Note: for Navy boot camp training], and couldn't understand why...
When on attack, Robert Dickinson was usually at the helm or on one of the bow or stern planes. When on the surface, he...

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