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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...
Wayne Pierce and his battalion [Annotator's Note: 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division...
One day before James Siracuse got to fly solo, one of his instructors showed him a maneuver that he said he should not...
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...
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...
James Weller volunteered as a gung-ho young man looking for trouble. He enjoyed his war years and the people he met....
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...
David Roderick went to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey for 10 days. The men were checked for health and packed everything while...
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...
Lloyd Guillory joined the Air Force and was shipped to Sheppard Field in Texas. It was a hell hole for Guillory. There...
After graduating from radio school, Fred Bergeron, his older brother and their two friends, were all assigned to Task...
From there [Annotator's Note: Smyrna Army Airfield, Tennessee], Paul Dietzel was sent to Lincoln Army Air Base for...
Sumner Whitten was admitted to the training program as a PFC. When it was discovered that he had a college education he...
The barracks Charles Womack and the other Marines stayed in when they were on Pavuvu the first time were still there...
Clarence Herbert Weatherwax rose through the ranks quickly [Annotator's Note: while assigned to Fort Shafter as an...
Thomas Ballew served in headquarters [Annotator's Note: Headquarters, 231st Searchlight Battalion] handling finance and...
Robert Walter was born in 1922 in Seneca County, Ohio. His young years prior to entering the service were spent within...
Byron Othello Wilkins, who goes by B.O. Wilkins, was named after his father. He grew up in northeast Arkansas in Luxora...
After Pearl Harbor, Herbert Gross was drafted. He had a brief basic training program. By August 1942, he had started...
Franklin Denius had taken artillery training in the ROTC at the Citadel and wanted to be in the artillery. He got his...

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