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Chester Hollingsworth did not have much fun in basic training. The trainees were assigned ten to a tent. Besides...
William Lee Barnes enlisted in the Navy and was given basic training at Great Lakes [Annotator's Note: Naval Station...
Roy Boreen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July 1920. During the Great Depression, his father worked as a cement...
Otis Kight had his basic training for the Navy at Norfolk [Annotator's Note: Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia...
Marvin Westcott chose the Navy because San Francisco was a Navy town. Additionally, his father had taken his boys to...
Bill Norberg remembers Hitler [Annotator's Note: German dictator Adolf Hitler] exerting his power prior to the start of...
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...
Walter Bud Gafford was born in April 1920. He joined the United States Navy in March 1941 so that he could see the...
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...
[Annotator's Note: Wendell Delavan Cole suffers from Parkinson's disease and needs the assistance of his son to...
Harry McCauley joined the Navy and was sent to San Diego, California for his basic training. It was tough but easier...
Jackson Augustus "Jack" Ashton, Senior volunteered for quartermaster school in the Navy. He was advised to sail on as...
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...
Ralph Marcarelli reacted badly to inoculations when he entered the Navy at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He missed boot...
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...
Victor Befera learned of and passed the V-12 [Annotator's Note: V-12 US Navy College Training Program, 1943 to 1946]...
Michael Mickey Ganitch enlisted in the Navy, scored well on tests, and was sent to San Diego for boot camp. He...
Robert Perry did his Navy boot camp in San Diego [Annotator's Note: San Diego, California]. He was then sent to...
Thomas Francis Schicker was told he was ready to go overseas. At Area 13 [Annotator's Note: location on Marine Corps...
Terrell Lavern Pigott had his basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida [Annotator's Note: in Clay County, Florida]....
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...

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