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Felix J. Polito was born in Franklin, Louisiana in 1922. He lived there until he was 19 years old. In January 1942, he...
Gerald V. West was born in Glens Falls, New York in October 1919. His family owned a farm of about 140 acres and West's...
Robert Templet was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in September 1920. At the age of five years old, his family moved to...
Burdell S. Hontz was born in May 1922 in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania. He gradated high school in Pen Argyl in 1939 and...
James Muri joined the Army so that he could become a pilot. Growing up in Montana Muri did not see many airplanes. He...
Henry J. Muller, Jr. born 7 April 1917 just one day after the US entered World War One. He was brought up on the...
Royce Jarrell was born in November 1924 and grew up in DeRidder, Louisiana. He was 17 years old and attending...
John Moran was born in Superior, Wisconsin. He had a great youth and enlisted in the Army at 17. He was then sent to...
Philip Dunford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in July 1925. He lived in Chester, Virginia when he was five...
John Rogers was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. He went to college in Indiana then got a job as a recreation...
Joseph Hochadel served in the 34th Infantry Division, 133rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion as a combat medic. He was...
Fred Gordon was born in 1918 in Emerson, Nebraska. He was one of nine children and his father was a teacher during the...
Fred A. Aldridge was born in Orlando, North Carolina. After graduating high school in September 1935 he enlisted in the...
Gerald Abbenhaus was born in January 1920 on a farm in northeast Nebraska. He went to Bloomfield High [Annotator's Note...
Donald Scott was born and raised in Stuart, Virginia. His first contact with the Army was when he was a 21-year-old,...
Robert Rans was born in Chicago, Illinois in April 1921. Family life was mostly normal until the war started. He worked...
Following his assignment as wing maintenance commander at SAC [Annotator's Note: Strategic Air Command] headquarters...
Adelaide Benjamin remembers the first Christmas tree the family had out there [Annotator's Note: in El Paso, Texas]....
When the war in Europe was winding down, Leo Praetorius was brought back to the United States on standby, pending...
Gerald West spent 1944 in an OSS [Annotator's Note: Office of Strategic Services, the pre-runner of the CIA] training...
After Operation Market Garden flights, Robert Harris continued flying transport and supply missions. He at times grew...
Curt Simmons was a member of the US Navy Armed Guard. He was born on a farm outside of Walters, Oklahoma and was a farm...
John Cassidy majored in mining engineering during his first year at the University of Alabama, but he eventually...
James Weller picked the Army for enlistment because his father had served in World War I in a submarine. The submarine...
Tom Quigley grew up playing polo and riding horses and initially volunteered to serve with the cavalry in the army....
When Grant enlisted he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. He knew that he would end up going eventually and he wanted...
Edward E. Boyles joined the Army on 28 February 1938. He had gone through three summers of Citizens Military Training...
Kelly Kuwayama was drafted a year before Pearl Harbor and entered the Army. He was assigned to a coastal artillery unit...
Clinton E. Riddle was born in Loudon County, Tennessee in February 1921. He was the only child in his family and grew...
Ejnar Christiansen's family did not suffer anything due to the war since they lived in a pretty small village in...
Jack Carver fought face to face with the Germans during the war. They could see each other's faces. It was obvious the...
Eugene DiSabatino had to return to his home in Wilmington, Delaware in order to find more civilian clothes that he...
Mitchell Zimmer and the USS Snapper (SS-185) had multiple war patrols while using faulty torpedoes. Most of their...
Fred Bronfin reported to Fort Schuyler in New York where he had a two month indoctrination. He was then sent to Norfolk...
Four days after arriving at Guadalcanal, H. Lloyd Wilkerson put his commanding officer on an evacuation flight out of...
The B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] bomber crews typically did not fly every day;...

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