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John Poole was born in Mercy, Texas in 1923. The Great Depression represented hard times for Poole. His father had a...
John McConn was sent to Paris, Texas for basic training. That lasted about four months then he was sent to Kingsville,...
Norman Riggsby was drafted. He then went to an examination. Afterward, he went to a reception center in Michigan. From...
Abe Milkis was called up soon after finishing high school. After being drafted, he found himself on bivouac in a tent...
After induction, Jack Barnes went to Camp Howze in Gainesville, Texas for nine months of training. He trained in...
James White was born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1925. As a junior in high school at the time of the Japanese attack on...
George Rudloff enlisted in December 1942 in the Enlisted Reserve Corps as a college student. In April 1943, a group of...
Frank Fontana took his basic training in Camp Barkeley in Texas. It was miserable, desolate country. The training...
Burton Johnson entered into service at Clinton, Arkansas at age 18. At Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was assigned to the 1st...
Stanley Wolczyk was born in Cleveland, Ohio in December 1917. His father and mother were both Polish immigrants. They...
Lewis Guidry had difficulty leaving his wife and son when he entered military service. He had moved them in with her...
Arthur Staymates had a typical, hard training before he left the States but it was not too difficult for him. He...
George Linker was offered service in multiple branches of the military when he signed up for duty. He said he wanted to...
Kaliste Saloom entered service in Louisiana and was routed to Camps Beauregard and Claiborne. He was next shipped to...
John Pogue was a capable typist when he entered the Army. He was told that with his ability to type 70 words per minute...
Felix Polito was drafted into the Army in November 1942. He went to Camp Maxey for his infantry training and was there...
After induction into the Army, Norris Waddill went to Camp Crowder, Missouri for his basic training. Basic training was...
Bernard Marcus did not anticipate that his color blindness would affect his entry into the service and receipt of his...
Gus Gikas considered enlistment to be good for him. Being an amateur radio operator, Gikas could fix just about any...
James Matthew Weller was born in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana in July 1922. Before the war, he attended college....
Wayne Pierce grew up in the small farming community of Polo, Illinois. He was drafted in June 1941 six months before...
Frank Hartzell was a good student and maintained his high school deferment. After graduation, he entered the ASTP [...
Walter Halloran had never thought about joining the military until the attack on Pearl Harbor. He knew no one who had...
Vernon Alexander was sent to Fort Hood, Texas for his basic training. It was known as North Camp Hood at the time that...
William B. Hughes knew he wanted to be a soldier when he first saw his brother in uniform. He eventually joined the...
Billy Grieves was born in Liberty Center, Ohio. At a young age his parents moved the family to Detroit, Michigan for...
James Allen was 16 years old in the spring of 1942 and a junior in high when he decided to join the Navy. In March he...
Calvin Moret volunteered for the Army Air Corps. Following testing, he was accepted on 14 October 1943. He was sent for...
Lloyd Duncan enlisted in the Navy. He had chosen the Navy because he wanted to fly. He was sent to Memphis, Tennessee...
Carrol Joy was erroneously given three sets of shots after swearing into the United States Army Air Forces. His first...
Chester Strunk was recruited and enlisted [Annotator's Note: in June 1942] but then told to return to college and await...
Irwin Stovroff got the call for service in the military, but it was not the assignment he anticipated. Instead of entry...
Russell Gackenbach had his Army Air Forces basic training in Florida. There were not enough uniforms for the recruits...
Dabney Montgomery was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps and sent to Kessler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi...
Albert Porche learned to take Army life as it came. He was in Jackson, Mississippi after his enlistment. People did not...
Robert Butler Whitcomb was born in Scipio, Indiana. When he was about six his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he...

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