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[Annotator's Note: Richard Swanson was assigned to the USCGC Comanche (WPG-76) on escort duty for the troop transport...
From China, the USS Balduck (ADP-132) took Donald Dean and the rest of the crew back to Okinawa, then to Hawaii,...
Angelo Ciotta was shot in the leg and evacuated to an Army hospital in Guam. He spent ten days there and then went to...
Although the war ended in Europe, America was still fighting the Japanese in the East. Jules Levin was chosen to be...
Isaac Edward could not find much work after being discharged at the end of the war so he volunteered for the US Air...
Samson Alexander got the idea to join the US Air Force but did not have a college education. The principal of his...
Chafer Honea was in his senior year of high school and many people were being drafted. Students were allowed to...
Norman Ikari recalls Pearl Harbor very well. It was a Sunday morning and Ikari was sitting in his house in East Los...
In early 1954, Bernard Marcus was visited by a colonel with the Signal Corps in Washington. The officer had been told...
After leaving the Pacific, Lloyd Dendy was sent to the Key West Naval Operating Base [Annotator's Note: Naval Base Key...
At Langley airbase, John Alison switched over to P-36 [Annotator's Note: Curtiss P-36 Hawk] pursuit aircraft. In a...
Clayton Fisher has a friend named Roy Russell who served in the same bomb group, Bombing Squadron 8 (VB-8), who is...
Robert Lewis Curl was born in 1925 in Warrior, Alabama. He had two brothers and one sister. All his siblings were...
Carl Peterson was born in Foraker, Oklahoma. He had three brothers and a sister and when his mother remarried he got...
Patrick Russell was born in Minneapolis in 1919. His wife was born there as well. He attended 14 different schools...
Francis "Fran" Eugene Resta was born in July 1925 in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His father was an Italian immigrant who...
Thomas A. Tizzard Jr. was born in July 1924 in Echo, Louisiana. His family owned a farm and in 1938 they moved to New...
Gail Halvorsen was born in October 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He and his family moved to Garland, Utah. He competed...
Walter Alan Bowsher, Jr. was born in Fort Riley, Kansas. His father was in the Army chasing Poncho Villa at the time....
William Curtis was born in 1921 in a shack five miles outside of Hazlehurst, Mississippi in the Martinville Community....
Malcolm Hershel Higgins was born in April 1921. He was delivered by his grandfather. His father was a World War 1...
Edward Shames was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1922. He can recall the Great Depression, but it wasn't as severe in his...
Edwin McGhee was born in Brownwood, Texas. His father was employed during the Depression and kept his family fed. The...
William Blackwood was born in March 1921 in Lancaster, Ohio. He was an only child, and lived in a small community near...
Charles Fitts, Jr. was born in December 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He lived there until he was about four years old....
Eugene Vaadi was born 1 July 1921 Watertown, New York. He spent his life there until entering the military. His father...
Russell Clay joined the Navy originally because of the tough times during the Depression. His father tried to take care...
Erik Frithjof Johnsen was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in August 1925 and had one brother who had been born in 1922....
Reuben Weiner was born in Los Angeles, California on Bastille Day [Annotator's Note: national day of France] in July...
Theodore Finkbeiner was the middle child between a brother and sister. He had just started Northeast Junior College [...
John W. Marr was born in Johnson County, Missouri in May 1918. He grew up on a farm and moved farms twice during his...
Walter Jacobs was born in Mississippi. His father worked a variety of jobs. Jacobs grew up on a farm that did not have...
Keith Renstrom joined the Marine Corps on 13 June 1940. He went through boot camp in San Diego. He was raised on a farm...
Claude Shannahan was named for three of his dad's brothers who had died of pneumonia in Canada. Shannahan was born in...
James McEnery was born in Brooklyn, New York in September 1919. He grew up in Brooklyn in a rugged area. There was a...
Arthur Q. Davis was born in March 1920 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His family lived on a rice plantation in Pointe a la...

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