Life in the Field/aboard ship

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Norman Bussel’s pilot wanted him and the engineer, [Annotator’s Note: Staff Sergeant William Peters, top turret gunner...
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...
Jimmie Dyer went from Guadalcanal to Okinawa. All of their equipment was on the deck of the ship and it rained the...
Waldeman Czaban recalls the logistics of battles in the Pacific. Supplies and equipment were difficult, and sometimes...
George Hardy always considered himself a fighter pilot. The bigger guys were being trained to be bomber pilots. He only...
To John Laster, gunnery school was an exercise in teamwork, and for three weeks he ate, slept and drank gunnery. He...
Henry Langrehr had times his guns jammed and by the grace of God, he never got shot. The Thompsons [Annotator's Note: ....
[Annotator's Note: Gerard Dillon was wounded in France.] Dillon was in the hospital from June to September [Annotator's...
Robert Lowe boarded the USS Tangier (AV-8) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii [Annotator's Note: on 15 December 1941]. He wondered...
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...
Lester Hecht's wife [Annotator's Note: Lillian] did not mind moving back in with her parents, when Hecht went to war....
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 [...
[Annotator's Note: The video cuts in and out and is hard to hear at times. Questions and answers are often...
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...
As a "lowly naval officer", Milton Muelder knew his opinion that the plans in place were "no damn good," and decided...
In 1944, John Campbell came back from Karachi Annotator's Note: Karachi, Pakistan] with a load of British trucks to...
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...
Leo Porteau's squad [Annotator's Note: Porteau was a squad leader in Company B, 1st Battalion, 185th Infantry Regiment...
Kept waiting, Dominick Sgobbo was disappointed that he didn't get to Normandy until August 1944. The whole 2nd...
Lowell Hughes was part of the invasion of Sicily in July 1943. His primary duty as part of the 120th Engineer Combat...
Just before Christmas 1943, Harry Koukos landed in the Naples-Salerno area of Italy and while disembarking, a German...
Frank Golemi was sent to Civitavecchia, Italy where he trained to fly into Southern France. He was sent down to Sicily...
Joseph LaNier had no training or explanation concerning how to perform as a Seabee [Annotator’s Note: Seabee is a twist...
John S. Johnson heard the bugler blowing a strange call the morning of the Japanese attack on Wake Island. It was an...
The ship Melvin Abadie was assigned to [Annotator's Note: USS Appalachian (AGC-1)] was one of 18 ships that took troops...
[Annotator's Note: This segment is the beginning of a second interview recorded with Mrs. Grant in the studio at The...
On 27 November [Annotator's Note: 27 November 1941], Robert Kinzler said, Hawaii went on an island-wide alert against...

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