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Theodore Van Kirk, known as Dutch, was born in Pennsylvania. He grew up in a very small town and he described himself...
Jimmie Kanaya was born in Clackamas, Oregon in 1920 and grew up working on a farm from dawn to dusk. He experienced the...
Giles Bacon served with an MP [Annotator’s Note: military police] battalion on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. He was born...
Galloway was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1923. Galloway was very fortunate during the Great Depression. His father had a...
Hopkins grew up on a small farm in Georgia. It was a tenant farm. Hopkins father was farming a piece of property that...
Starnes grew up in Decatur, Georgia. His father was a travelling salesman. By the time he started school he was living...
Gatewood was born in Decatur, Nebraska in 1921. He lived there until he went into the service. He was in his first...
Richard Cole was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1915. After graduating from high school he went to work on a farm for 75...
Ehlers served in Company L and Company C of the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. He enlisted in October...
Ben Kuroki grew up with Caucasian friends. There were only a few Japanese American families around at the time. The...
James Smith was known as Horse [Annotators Note: also as Horse Collar] during his time in the Marine Corps. He earned...
John Luckadoo had no regrets about returning to the United States after completing his 25 combat missions. The brass...
When they arrived at Pearl Harobr, Air Group 6 needed one more run before they rotated home. During the trip to Truk...
James Smith went home on 2 September 1945. He had a good job in New Zealand where he stayed for the rest of the war [...
Vejtasa had hit the carrier he had made a run on. Fighting 42 was aboard the Yorktown and was commanded by Jimmy...
The end of the war was approaching. Baum went to the command platoon, to Abrams, to get permission to rejoin the troops...
At the end of the war Vernon Baker was a second lieutenant but in May of 1945 he became a first lieutenant. His...
On the morning of the battle, Vejtasa was flying CAP. Jimmy Flately and Johnny Leppla were flying escort for the...
Not all of them were happy to see women [Annotator's Note: Wagner is referring to US Naval Officers in San Francisco]....
Loevsky's motivation for joining the service was that he felt that the treatment of the Jews in Europe, and by Hitler...
Vernon Baker went to Camp Wolters, Texas for basic training and experienced segregation. He got onto a bus when he...
John Luckadoo and the other cadets were segregated in advanced flight training between single engine and twin engine....
In primary training they flew the PT-19. It was an open cockpit aircraft. Basic training was BT-13's and BT-15's. Her...
Tyler took primary and basic training at Randolph Field then advanced training at Kelley Field [Annotator's Note: San...
In January 1944, Yellin was sent to Thunderbird Field in Arizona. That was where he took his primary training. He was...
Wilburn K. Ross was on a ship heading through the Straits of Gibraltar when an announcement was made that Germany had...
By the time Barney Old Coyote got out of the service the letter [Annotators Note: see Barney Old Coyote Segment 1] had...
When Snapp arrived at the hotel [Annotator’s Note: in Sweetwater, Texas for WASP training] there was roughly thirty to...
They ended up at Camp Custer. DeMers had been getting promoted this entire time. He made 1st Sergeant by 1940. They...
When Michael Doi and the rest of the 100th Battalion were on the French Italian border they were allowed passes to go...
A year after enlisting as a private Robert Christie graduated from OCS [Annotators Note: Officer Candidate School] with...
Freddie Ohr and his family moved to a place where they could not find any meat. They had a bunch of cats and his mother...
Leonard Spivey did very well in his training and was qualified to continue training as a navigator. Spivey went to...
One of Karr's uncles was an original member of the American Legion when it was founded in Paris in World War I. Another...
McNeil reported to Fort Belvoir [Annotator's Note: Fort Belvoir, Virginia] but that was too close to Washington D.C....
Delewski had never heard of Pearl Harbor before the attack and never planned to go into the Navy. He graduated high...

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