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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...
All of the training Walter "Babe" Gantz received was compressed. After joining the 95th Medical Battalion in early...
John Kerner heard of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor while he was walking down the street and overheard it. He and...
Merrill J. Clark [Annotator's Note: with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain...
Initially training in single engine airplanes with an instructor, Robert Heller liked flying, but was a "little bit...
Herbert Gross had trained on B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] bombers. His new...
John Bellecci completed engineering training at Clemson [Annotator’s Note: Clemson College in South Carolina]. He...
After gunnery school, Paul Lefever underwent training at Buckley Field, Colorado for pursuit armors training and had...
Next, Stanley Stewart was sent to Jacksonville Air Station [Annotator's Note: Naval Air Station Jacksonville] in...
Walter Sapp went to Camp Walter, Texas for basic training. He did not want to be drafted and did not want to go into...
[Annotator's Note: There is a lot of background noise throughout thi clip.] One of Malcolm Louis Holleman's cousins...
[Annotator's Note: Ralph Weymouth served in the Navy as a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 3 (VS-3) flying from...
After graduating from gunnery school, Robert Tyler Oakes was sent to Salt Lake City, Utah to meet his crew. They were...
Mac Glenn Morris joined his squadron VMSB-236 [Annotator's Note: Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 236 (VMSB-236), in...
Calvin Moret was in advance training ready room awaiting instructions for his mission. He was there with another...
In March 1943, Robert "Bob" Rickel was given orders to go through gunnery school. He did not understand why he was...
Karl Friedrich "Charley” König [Annotator's Note: or Koenig] knew he was going to Africa [Annotator's Note: in March...
Burt Richard Sadler remained on the ship all night. The next day, he heard the anchor rise, and the ship went into the...
Amelia Taylor discussed the developments of the war while she was in high school. It was very real to them. They...
William Darling [Annotator's Note: with Company K, 3rd Battalion,1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division] made fire...
In Auckland, New Zealand, Wesley Carroll “got a virus or something,” and ended up in the hospital. He was sent back to...
Once the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor died down, Walter Oka and his siblings continued to watch the goings on for a...
John Bache-Wiig, Jr. went to Mather Field in Sacramento [Annotator's Note: Sacramento, California] for special unit...
As a member of a new P-47 [Annotator's Note: Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft] fighter group [Annotator's...
Hewitt Brian Gomez was sent to Greensburg, North Carolina for seven weeks of Air Force basic training. The first...
Arnol Sellars joined the Air Force Reserve so he could get a deferment [Annotator's Note: postponement of military...
[Annotator's Note: Throughout the segment, a chirp sound can be heard.] Albert "Al" Machaud believes that America...
Joseph Haines was not worried about going overseas. Everything was new to him and he got to see things he had never...
Floyd Annas graduated from advanced pilot training in Marfa, Texas [Annotator's Note: Marfa Army Airfield] on 23...
After pilot training, Homer Myers got his commission. He went to Tampa, Florida and started his B-17 [Annotator's Note...
Harold Roed completed five successful jumps [Annotator's Note: parachute training jumps] and graduated from jump school...
Bud Olson was prepared well by his training prior to flying into Normandy [Annotator's Note: with Headquarters Company...
Carl Beck joined the Army at 17 in November 1942. He was born in 1925. He had been working with his father during the...
They started flying and did not quit flying from that point on. Geraldine Nyman was stationed in Long Beach, California...
Delbert Wombacher was at Camp Campbell, Kentucky [Annotator's Note: now Fort Campbell, Kentucky] doing some military...

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