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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...
Harry McCauley joined the Navy and was sent to San Diego, California for his basic training. It was tough but easier...
Theodore Wessen had the support of his mother when he joined the Navy. There were two siblings still at home with her....
Warren Schmitt was sent to San Diego after he was drafted. He had six weeks of training. Some of the young men could...
Lee Roy Dugas was sent to San Diego for his Navy basic training. It was his first trip out of Louisiana, having never...
When Claude Taylor turned 18, he enlisted in the Navy. His father had been in the Army in France in World War 1. The...
After five weeks of boot camp, Vernon Cummings was given leave and then reported for mechanical training at Great Lakes...
Herbert Fontenot went to Camp Wallace, Texas for Navy boot camp. He had no problem with the weather but wearing boots...
Merlin Smith chose to join the Navy because he wanted to avoid the difficult life of an infantryman. He also liked the...
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...
Burton Lewis attempted to join the Navy V-12 program [Annotator's Note: V-12 Navy College Training Program] for...
Allen Pedersen was inducted into the Army [Annotator's Note: on 20 August 1942 at a facility in Salt Lake City, Utah]....
Baptiste Puissegur saw a man at Camp Beauregard that he knew from home [Annotator's Note: Puissegur had grown up on a...
James Deal was inducted into the Army and sent to Fort Lewis, Washington. A tank battalion was formed out of the new...
After receiving his draft notice [Annotator's Note: in April 1944], Thomas Houdek was sent to Camp Hood, Texas where he...
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...
Edwin Knight was drafted at Camp Robinson in Arkansas and put on a train traveling west. After a cold and uncomfortable...
Bruno Viani was in the 102nd Medical Regiment, Company B, 27th Infantry Division prior to the start of the war. As part...
John Poole was born in Mercy, Texas in 1923. The Great Depression represented hard times for Poole. His father had a...

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