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Before the war, Sterling Mace played baseball and had aspirations to pitch. He pitched for the Philip Morris cigarette...
Robert Swan and three other guys in his squadron [Annotator's Note: Patrol Squadron 44 (VP-44)] rented a house. Each...
William B. Hughes was sent to Merchant Marine boot camp in St. Petersburg, Florida. Afterward, he went to New Orleans...
Robert H. "Bob" Harris loved famous world explorers as a young child and that influenced him into aeronautics at an...
For Bryce Jordan, PT-19 training [Annotator's Note: Fairchild PT-19 primary trainer aircraft] was not his first trip in...
Calvin Moret accumulated about 250 hours in cadet training. He would go on to have about 250 hours in the P-40 [...
Lloyd Duncan was quartered in Oceana, Virginia. They reported in every day and flew missions when ordered to. Three...
Joseph Hairston ended up at a camp 100 miles south of Tucson [Annotator's Note: Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona...
Ira Schilling was born in June 1924 in Saratoga, Texas. His parents separated when he was very young and he moved to...
George Haines had never been away from home before leaving for the Army in May 1943. Basic training was where he...
Richard Keller had a good friend from Alabama who was a funny guy. He received different training than Keller had...
Richard O'Kane [Annotator's Note: US Navy Rear Admiral Richard H. "Dick" O'Kane] gave William Leibold a nice 35mm...
Richard O'Kane gave William Leibold a nice 35mm camera. O’Kane snuck it in the trunk of Leibold's car one day during a...
Vincent DeSalvo was drafted into the US Army Air Force. He was at Gulfport Field in Gulfport, Mississippi for a while...
On 10 June 1942 Sidney LaPook graduated from NYU Dental College. He became engaged to his future wife that same day. At...
Paul Pizzolongo was already in the Army and was returning from maneuvers in Pennsylvania when he heard about Pearl...
When he returned to the United States, Dracos Burke joined the 43rd Bomb Wing [Annotator's Note: 43rd Bombardment Wing...
[Annotators Note: Interview begins with the interviewer and George Wichterich talking about a tank that was knocked out...
James Fitzmorris was pulled out of the combat engineers and placed into transportation at Camp Beauregard [Annotator's...
Wallace Hurley contracted pneumonia during the Battle of the Bulge. He was in the hospital for four days. Following his...
When he signed up for the Marines, Louis Massengale was on his way to Montford Point, North Carolina within two days....
Frank Buschmeier went to armament school in Denver, Colorado. In Denver, the men were split into training groups for...
James Livaudais was part of the division which was to become the Sergeant York Division—the 82nd Division with about 16...
From Munich they [Annotator's Note: Joseph Rockforte and his fellow newly liberated POWs] went to Le Havre. Rockforte...
The trip home took 11 days. After docking in Norfolk they [Annotator's Note: John Sacks and his fellow newly liberated...
Robert Liles was awarded a number of decorations. He was awarded the Silver Star for the mission during which he and...
Jack Leaming arrived in Tokyo after the Japanese surrender and was put aboard a hospital ship. They were stripped naked...
Mark Gordon Hazard, Jr. and Caudill [Annotator's Note: unsure of spelling, but this was Hazard's Sergeant] went to Le...
James McEnery was sent to a naval base in Norfolk, Virginia. While he was in Norfolk a national state of emergency was...
One day, Jack Yusen heard his name called and he was ordered to report to the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413). Yusen and...
Norman Bussel’s pilot wanted him and the engineer, [Annotator’s Note: Staff Sergeant William Peters, top turret gunner...
Robert Liles attributes his success as a fighter pilot to the leadership he had in China from the general [Annotator's...
Charles Murray is a retired US Army Colonel. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1921. His mother was from Maryland....
Richard Keller grew up in Hahnville, Louisiana. He started first grade in 1924 and graduated in 1935. From there,...
Thomas Edgar Morgan, Sr. was assigned to the 1st Marine Division (Reinforced) and took part in the Battle of Midway....
After Parris Island, William Pierce went to Hingham, Massachusetts which housed a huge naval ammunition manufacturing...

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