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Irving Becker wanted to volunteer for the military after arriving in the United States, but his former German...
Walter J. Latiolais, Sr. entered Army basic training at Camp Roberts in the suburbs of Little Rock [Annotator's Note:...
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...
On 1 January [Annotator's Note: 1943] Jack Appel was brought to Penn Station [Annotator's Note: Pennsylvania Station in...
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...
David McKinley Blackwell entered the Army at Camp Polk [Annotator's Note: now Fort Polk in Vernon Parish, Louisiana]....
Leonard Jindra was listening to a radio broadcast by Walter Winchell [Annotator's Note: Walter Winchell, American...
Seymour "Sy" Lichtenfeld was sent to basic training anticipating that he would join the Air Corps. Instead he...
Berle Wheeler was sent to Camp Robinson, Arkansas for 13 weeks of boot camp. He was then sent to Camp Gordon in Augusta...
Jack A. Gillis was drafted into the Army and went into the Army Air Corps. He was shipped to Los Angeles [Annotator's...
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...
Roy Joseph Moss took a long train ride to Little Rock, Arkansas [Annotator's Note: Camp Robinson] where he received his...
Donald W. Bertino got on a bus in Windber [Annotator's Note: Windber, Pennsylvania] and was inducted in Harrisburg,...
Abe Milkis was called up soon after finishing high school. After being drafted, he found himself on bivouac in a tent...
Howard T. Maki desired to enter the Army Air Forces as a pilot. Before he was drafted, he had passed various...
Alvin von Frisch was sent to Camp Croft [Annotator's Note: in Spartanburg, South Carolina; now Croft State Park] for...
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...
Roy H. Matsumoto went to Minnesota after he volunteered for the Army. [Annotator's Note: Matsumoto volunteered for the...
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...
Wayne Peer anticipated being drafted. The armed forces had few restrictions to defer service. Peer was inducted at Fort...
Arthur Staymates had a typical, hard training before he left the States but it was not too difficult for him. He...
[Annotator's Note: There is a loud hum throughout the interview.] Charles William "Tom" Clark was inducted by himself...
George Linker was offered service in multiple branches of the military when he signed up for duty. He said he wanted to...

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