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Claud Neal Fristoe, Jr. took tests and examinations [Annotator's Note: for entry into aviation training in the United...
Russell Gackenbach had his Army Air Forces basic training in Florida. There were not enough uniforms for the recruits...
Dabney Montgomery was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps and sent to Kessler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi...
Albert Porche learned to take Army life as it came. He was in Jackson, Mississippi after his enlistment. People did not...
After a few days at Camp Shelby [Annotator's Note: near Hattiesburg, Mississippi], Ray Fitzgerald was sent to Saint...
Robert Butler Whitcomb was born in Scipio, Indiana. When he was about six his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he...
Antonio C. Rodriquez reported to Fort Sam [Annotator's Note: Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas in September 1943...
Elmore Ruck went to ground school in Santa Anna, California. It involved training in navigation and aircraft...
Robert Cahoon was drafted into the Army on his 21st birthday. When he reported to Camp Shelby [Annotator's Note: near...
Richard Gibian was born in Montgomery, Alabama in October 1919. The Great Depression [Annotator's Note: Great...
David Fisher reported for active duty on 23 December 1943 at Camp Beauregard [Annotator's Note: in Pineville, Louisiana...
George Hood discusses his entry in the United States Army Air Forces. He recounts his training experiences in multiple...
Dell Lauderdale went home after completing his service in the Marine Corps. After six months out of the military, he...
Antoinette Underwood signed up for the Army a day or two after Pearl Harbor. She had to go to West Point for an...
Josephine Reeves was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 1919. Growing up, Reeves attended the West Catholic...
Richard Scheerer was on the streets of Little Rock when he learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was...
Joseph Hairston ended up going to artillery school. The rest of the Army was segregated, however, OCS [Annotator's Note...
Stanley Jack Birnbaum was born in March 1923 in New York [Annotator's Note: New York, New York]. He attended Queens...
Henry Ratcliff joined the Army Air Forces and went many places including California where it rained a lot. Eating in...
For William Winter, basic training was different [Annotator's Note: different than his previous experiences at Ole Miss...
Bruno Viani was asked by his company commander if he would consider applying for OCS [Annotator's Note: Office...
Archibald Rackerby volunteered to become a Marine Raider. He was a corporal and was in charge of classifying incoming...
Earl Tweed enlisted in the 29th Infantry Regiment in a heavy weapons company. He trained on all the various weapons...
Hans Siverts remembers Sunday, 7 December [Annotator's Note: 7 December 1941; the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,...
Herbert Weatherwax was drafted into the military when he was 24 years old. He had a problem with alcohol while he was...
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Harold Shook was "just a junior birdman," and at the start of his time there witnessed a...
Rob Roy Ratliff was assigned to the communications section of Headquarters, 5th Marine Division. At the time, the 5th...
Catherine Long had boot training in the Navy. Her parents had no objection to her joining the service. Her father was...
Enrique Cervantes was the PX [Annotator's Note: post exchange] officer for Lowry Airbase in Denver, Colorado. There...
T. Toby Kafka enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in 1944 at the age of 20. Her family, particularly her brother,...
Raymond VanDuzer was inducted into the service then sent to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He was not sure what he wanted...
Lloyd Burns remarks on the reputation of the B-26s [Annotator's Note: Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber]. They were...
Carl Koone was in the Army Air Corps for another year after his return to the United States. He spent the winter [...
At Wendover, there was a base regulation stating that there was never to be any ammunition present in an aircraft until...
While waiting for an assignment, Theodore Robert Tanner and the other pilots of his group were called to meetings twice...
Thomas Tizzard was aboard the USS Denver (CL-58) when it went into dry dock to be repaired after being torpedoed. The...

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