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Joe Boitnott was born Monty Joe Boitnott in April 1921 and raised in Maxwell, Iowa. Boitnott’s mother was a housekeeper...
Clayton Fisher planned to join the Army Air Corps until a friend of his joined the Navy as an aviator. Fisher applied...
Jack Yusen grew up in Queens, New York where he lived with his parents, brother and grandmother and was living there...
Emil Schoonejans volunteered for service in the Navy. He originally wanted to go into the air force. He and a buddy...
Orville Bethard was attending Washington High School when he learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in...
James Salerno was born in Summit, New Jersey, in 1918. Before the war he worked as a clerk in a store. Salerno chose...
The Marine Raiders formed from Gerald West's old battalion, the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. The Raiders were...
After returning to the USS Enterprise (CV-6), they [Annotator's Note: Martin Carmody and his rear seat gunner John...
John Witmeyer went to enlist in the United States military the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 8...
George Peto was born in Akron, Ohio in 1922. He grew up in the Portage Lakes area near Akron on an old farm during the...
James Kemp McLaughlin was born in Charleston, West Virginia in December 1918. He grew up on a small farm and attended...
James Siracuse worked in the cellar at Western Electric for awhile. The boss never came down so he could horse around a...
[Annotators Note: Franklin Denius was an artillery forward observer in Battery C, 230th Field Artillery Battalion, 30th...
Olen Grant was born in Benton, Arkansas on 5 April 1923. After his father returned from World War I, he moved to Benton...
While a member of the Kibbutz [Annotator's Note: Kibbutz Matzuva in Israel], Peter Somogyi spent half a day working and...
[Annotators Note: Arthur Killam served in the US Navy as an Electricians Mate aboard the submarine USS Sea Dragon.]...
Delano Brister witnessed the Louisiana Maneuvers in 1941. The operations took up much of central Louisiana including...
James Jeter was born in Jetertown, Louisiana [Annotator’s Note: near Leesville, Louisiana]. It was a small settlement...
Calvin Moret became interested in flying when he was about eight years old. Before the war started, he found himself...
[Annotator's Note: Philip Schweitzer served in the Army as a combat medic in the 11th Airborne Division and took part...
Delano Brister’s grandfather had a barn on his property that was used once during a military training operation by a...
Delano Brister knew that the planning headquarters for Colonel Eisenhower [Annotator’s Note: Colonel Dwight D....
Roy Uthes met his wife after she had been accosted by an individual in a park. Uthes ran off the trouble maker....
James Crane’s brother was taken prisoner by the Germans [Annotator’s Note: after being shot down over the Ploesti...
[Annotator's Note: Clayton Fisher served in the Navy as a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber pilot in Bombing Squadron 8...
Hans Courant was assigned to a group working on electronics at Los Alamos. He worked in that capacity for the next two...
Because of the frost bite problem with his feet, Vernon Leopold was given limited service for six months after his...
Murray Glass was drafted and sent to the Fort Dix, New Jersey reception center for a few weeks. He then went to the...
Roy Uthes grew up in Detroit, Michigan. His father was a policeman. Uthes had brothers who were also in the service. He...
During his military training, John Alison was trained for reconnaissance, fighter and bomber operations. Being a...
Thomas Ballew briefly considered joining the Marine Corps but decided that he would wait to be called up. He was...
Fred Hirsekorn was drafted in early 1943. After induction at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas he was sent to Camp Campbell,...
Donald Bryan’s last kill was an Arado234. Years later it was discovered that the German pilot flying that plane was on...
Jack Houston had three reasons for enlisting. The first was patriotism. The second was that all of his friends were...
In the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ira Schilling was sent to Camp Elliot, California where he joined Company L...
George Morgan left Fort Pierce after a month and a half along with two dozen other men. [Annotator’s Note: Fort...

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