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Lloyd Geist recalls that during the Battle of Saint-Lo [Annotator's Note: Saint-Lô, France] he was sitting in his...
On 7 December 1941, Benjamin Albert Glusing was at Camp Bowie [Annotator’s Note: in Brownwood, Texas] without an...
Calvin Elliott decided he wanted to try and be an airplane pilot. He was fascinated by the B-25s [Annotator's Note:...
James Fitzmorris did not have much college education when he enlisted. He was studying business but wanted to be a...
Robert Villars received his boot camp training in San Diego. He nearly got into trouble for pilfering a lemon pie...
[Annotator's Note: John Paul enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1942 and was called to active duty in February 1943.]...
Edward E. Boyles remembered that there was always pranks going on between the Army and the Navy. Boyles remembered one...
Delano Brister had a career in the United States Army. The Louisiana Maneuvers made a great impression on him. He...
James Fitzmorris was inducted into the Army in New Orleans, Louisiana and sent to Camp Beauregard [Annotator's Note: in...
Theodore E. Skinner, Sr. was born in May 1921 in the Bronx, New York City [Annotator's Note: New York, New York]. After...
Stanley Jack Birnbaum fought the war that was considered a "popular war" because it was necessary. He was a tall,...
James "Jim" Geisler was born and raised in Pittsburgh [Annotator's Note: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]. He was 18 years old...
Bob Miksa [Annotator’s Note: Robert Miksa] was inducted into the service at Camp Grant, Illinois then sent to Camp...
Cecil K. Bell was sent to Fort Sill [Annotator's Note: in Lawton, Oklahoma] for his basic training and then to Camp...
John M. Roberts grew up wanting to go to school with his older brother so his mother lied to get him in. He caught up...
[Annotator’s Note: Norma Halberg joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASPs in January 1944 and went to Avenger...
Robert Prince graduated from college and then reported to Fort Lewis [Annotator's Note: now part of Joint Base Lewis-...
Odell Vaughn fought through North Africa and Italy with the 178th Field Artillery Battalion. He was promoted to the...
Harvey Segal knew nothing of the concentration camps before he entered Germany. When he and his battalion [Annotator's...
Still just a "number," Carl Rieman wound up at the Marine Corps Air Station in Opelika, Florida, the only ensign among...
Stationed in New Orleans [Annotator's Note: New Orleans, Louisiana], Violet Walsh worked for the 8th Naval District...
Betty Sue Drake [Annotator's Note: a paymaster in the US Marine Corps] was assigned to Washington [Annotator's Note:...
Benjamin Troemel recalls an occasion when he was supposed to get leave at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, but he was...
Norman Hatch, along with a group of other servicemen, boarded a train for Washington DC on a Sunday morning. Most of...
When John Curtis Spencer got back to the United States [Annotator's Note: in May 1942], he reported to sub chaser...
Everybody knew what they were building there. Hans Courant was at Alamogordo for the bomb test since he had built some...
When President Truman [Annotator's Note: Truman, Harry S., 33rd President of the United States] dropped the atomic...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer asks John T. "Jack" Race where he was when heard of the atomic bombs being dropped...
Patrick Russell returned to the United States after the war. He received orders to report to Pensacola to form another...
Battle Malone Barksdale was married to his wife Grace for 66 years. They were married on 29 August 1939. After they...
Donald Long completed his radio training at Alameda and was transferred by ship to Pearl Harbor as part of VP-12 [...
Everybody was scraping by during the Great Depression. Martin Brignac and his family made out with what they had. They...
Chester Brewer joined the Army Air Corps and was sent to Midland-Odessa [Annotator's Note: Midland-Odessa, Texas] and...
Sumner Whitten was admitted to the training program as a PFC. When it was discovered that he had a college education he...
Luke Layton McLaurine, Jr. had not yet been assigned to a squadron when he graduated from advanced bombardier training...
Ray Fitzgerald was right behind the pilot and copilot in the top turret in the B-24 [Annotator's Note: he was the...

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