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Edward Tipper enlisted in the Army. All paratroopers enlisted. None were drafted. He wanted to join the paratroopers...
Archie Maltbie was called up by the air force in January 1943. After going through the selection school in order to...
When Jack Sanders decided to enlist, he knew nothing about air operations let alone how hard it was to get into the air...
Revis Dale Haslett was born in July 1922 in Brownstown, Illinois. He lived in Illinois until after he graduated high...
William Laubner went to Fort Dix, New Jersey after entering the Army. He received basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky...
Anthony Varuso left New Orleans for his basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes [Annotator’s Note: near North...
Wallace Jeffery entered service after receipt of his draft notice. He signed up at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. [...
John Raaen saw the focus at the US Military Academy change after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It became obvious...
John A. McCarthy was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His family moved to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. He was...
With his interest in submarines, Edward Stone decided to join the Navy and enlisted in December 1940. After acceptance...
Joseph LaNier joined the United States Navy in February 1944. African-Americans prior to 1942 were not allowed to join...
Major Cohn joined the Navy and originally thought of becoming a submariner. He mistakenly thought it would be romantic...
Troy Edwards entered boot camp in San Diego. It was a lonesome experience for him. He did find a friend to talk to...
Henry A. Tacket was an amateur radio operator in his youth. His friends coaxed him into joining the Navy's V3 program...
Harry Lockhead was sent to Great Lakes for his Navy boot camp training. The discipline was no different than he had at...
Roy Boreen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July 1920. During the Great Depression, his father worked as a cement...
Marvin Westcott chose the Navy because San Francisco was a Navy town. Additionally, his father had taken his boys to...
William Harvey was called to active duty in April 1941. There was the 1st Division, 2nd Division and the 6th Division [...
[Annotator's Note: The interview begins in the middle of a story.] Benedict Bronder was told not to sign up as a...
William Rupp felt it was time to go into the Navy just before he reached 18 years of age. He told his parents that he...
Frank Kubiak failed his assessment examination at the Navy boot camp. He fell asleep because he had guard duty the...
James Downing began his Navy training outside of Chicago. He had a 30 day leave before beginning the instructions. He...
Ralph Hopkins wanted to join the Navy at 17 years of age, but his father refused. Hopkins could have gotten a job...
Donald Long would have preferred to be in the Coast Guard since a station was near his home. He enlisted in the Navy...
Theodore Wessen had the support of his mother when he joined the Navy. There were two siblings still at home with her....
Clarence Schilperoot took a train ride from his point of enlistment in Seattle to San Diego. He was awed in seeing the...
Michael Mickey Ganitch enlisted in the Navy, scored well on tests, and was sent to San Diego for boot camp. He...
Howard Genrich qualified for ASTP [Annotator's Note: Army Specialized Training Program] training. Before ASTP, Genrich...
Baptiste Puissegur saw a man at Camp Beauregard that he knew from home [Annotator's Note: Puissegur had grown up on a...
Samuel Spector joined the United States Army Air Forces as a pilot trainee but he did not pass the advanced pilot...
William Greer had complications with his draft board registration. He moved several times and did not follow-up by...
Horace Sharp found himself in the Army on a troop train headed to the southeast [Annotator's Note: Sharp was inducted...
Zeno St. Cyr received his draft notice, but he found that he was rejected during his physical examinations because of...
Robert Huber read Mein Kampf in high school. It was his first introduction to Hitler [Annotator's Note: German Dictator...
Bruno Viani was in the 102nd Medical Regiment, Company B, 27th Infantry Division prior to the start of the war. As part...

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