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Felix Polito was in the hospital when the 1st Special Service Force was disbanded. It was about six months before the...
[Annotators Note: Robert Freligh served as a TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bomber pilot in Torpedo Squadron 13 (VT-13),...
When Gabriel Kinney and the other volunteers for the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) arrived in India they were...
Arthur Killam was born in San Francisco and lived there until he was six years old when he moved to San Jose,...
Delano Brister came in contact with the 84th Infantry Division while it was in training from Camp Claiborne prior to...
Robert Kelso was born in Bristow, Oklahoma. He lived up on a farm owned by his grandparents. A few years after he was...
[Annotators Note: The interview begins with Guarnere and the interviewer talking about previous interviews Guarnere has...
Clem Thrift went to Norfolk, Virginia for turboelectric training. The ship he helped commission, and on which he...
James Odom was excited to travel into the unknown, leaving home on a Greyhound bus bound for Dallas, then taking his...
John Angier first met his crew in the spring of 1944 and then went overseas in a brand-new, shiny, silver B-17 [...
Wayne Pierce and his battalion [Annotator's Note: 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division...
Fred Bronfin adjusted easily to military life but felt he was losing time in his career. To differentiate between...
One day before James Siracuse got to fly solo, one of his instructors showed him a maneuver that he said he should not...
Eugene Vaadi enlisted in the US Army Air Forces at age 20 and was sent to Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Alabama for...
Herbert Gross had trained on B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] bombers. His new...
[Annotator's Note: Ralph Weymouth served in the Navy as a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 3 (VS-3) flying from...
Calvin Moret was in advance training ready room awaiting instructions for his mission. He was there with another...
They started flying and did not quit flying from that point on. Geraldine Nyman was stationed in Long Beach, California...
As Stanley Wolczyk departed the United States, he had no idea of his destination. The troops thought that they were...
Having survived the sinking of USS Arizona (BB-39) and the subsequent treatment for his burn injuries, Lauren Bruner...
Felix Polito participated in the Battle at Anzio. The 101st went in and had 165 men but only 5 or 6 survived. They were...
Floyd Dumas believes that they could have taken Rome if they had not been stopped. They were ordered to dig in and...
William Lansford continued training while he was in Hawaii waiting for the Raiders who had carried out the raid on...
Richard Baile was given a rigid physical which was going well until they gave him the color blind test again. This time...
Robert Max transferred to Ohio University for his sophomore year of college because the commute was easier and the...
James Weller volunteered as a gung-ho young man looking for trouble. He enjoyed his war years and the people he met....
Leo Terrebonne was sent to Fort Crockett near Galveston, Texas for seven weeks of basic training, after which he was a...
John M. Roberts grew up wanting to go to school with his older brother so his mother lied to get him in. He caught up...
Darold Rice remembers how when he and the other privates reported back for duty no one was at the camp and they joined...
After graduating from advanced training, Second Lieutenant Eugene Vaadi was assigned to the 385th Bombardment Group...
David Roderick went to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey for 10 days. The men were checked for health and packed everything while...
Even when he landed in New Caledonia, Gilbert Howland did not know what his mission was going to be. On the transport...
Firman Balza was sent to the west coast, and on Easter Sunday, 13 April 1941, he went aboard the USS Maryland which was...
Norman Hatch, along with a group of other servicemen, boarded a train for Washington DC on a Sunday morning. Most of...
Byron Othello Wilkins was in a provisional regiment that did not have enough guns to go around. They were issued 1917...
Patrick Russell returned to the United States after the war. He received orders to report to Pensacola to form another...

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