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Arthur Staymates was told by Hermann Göring that Hitler ordered 60,000 troops from the Eastern [Annotator's Note:...
Harold Berkman fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The battle lasted from 16 December 1944 to 25 January 1945. [...
Charles R. Smith [Annotator's Note: with Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 417th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry...
Joseph Alter first used his personal weapon on a patrol. He was a reconnaissance officer for his battalion [Annotator's...
Wayne Peer and his outfit [Annotator's Note: I...
Myron L. Guisewhite trained with the Pathfinders [Annotator's Note: 1st Pathfinder Group (Provisional), 52nd Troop...
William Roy [Annotator's Note: aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5) as the aircraft carrier's photographer] left Pearl Harbor...
Donald Wilson and the USS Vincennes (CL-64) participated in the shore bombardment of Saipan and Tinian during the...
[Annotator's Note: A person off screen interjects throughout the interview.] Harold G. Cowart and the 25th Marines [...
After Tarawa [Annotator's Note: Battle of Tarawa, 20 to 23 November 1943 at Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands], Henry James...
The horrible times for F.M. Richard Simons were mortars and trying not to fall asleep in his foxhole. Once, they heard...
Basil Woolf joined the British Navy in May 1941. He was called up in October 1941 and his parents had a fit. His father...
Samuel Goss had no idea that he would become a boat officer. Before he graduated as an ensign [Annotator's Note: lowest...
Luke Layton McLaurine, Jr. was called up in February 1943 and sent to Miami [Annotator's Note: Miami, Florida] for...
Jack Rolfson born in September 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in the city, went to school, and would ride his bike...
While training on the newest version of the B-24 [Annotator's Note: Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber] as a...
[Annotator's Note: The interview begins with Clarence Wolf Guts already in conversation with the interviewer]. After...
[Annotator's Note: Segment begins with Sacks and the interviewer discussing the interviewee referring to his notes...
On 7 December 1941, Stanley "Stan" Levy was sitting on the floor of the family home reading the newspaper and listening...
[Annotator's Note: William Cart graduated flight training then was sent to Naval Auxiliary Air Station Miramar, in San...
Jack Taylor was called to active duty in December 1942 and sent to pre-flight training at the University of Iowa. From...
Robert Inghram graduated from flying school. He and two other graduates were selected to go to fighter training school...
Lloyd Guillory and the other new pilots were told that they would initially train in P-40s [Annotator's Note: Curtiss P...
When Martin Richard was inducted into the service, he could choose his branch of service. You could not volunteer, you...
Bud Olson volunteered for overseas duty in October 1943. Sent to a replacement depot in England, Olson volunteered for...
Herbert Stern arrived at his first duty assignment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina to discover he was the commander of...
Yukio Kawamoto was born in Berkeley, California in November 1919. He was drafted into the Army from the University of...
When the ASTP [Annotator's Note: Army Specialized Training Program] was disbanded in March 1944, Robert Mero was sent...
Howard Ricks was drafted but took the option offered to him to join the United States Marine Corps. He chose the...
Walter Bowsher joined the Marines and went to boot camp in San Diego. He attended sea school there and then was...
Arthur Jackson had been influenced by Marine pilots and wanted to fly. At the recruiting office he took the aviation...
Richard Nummer entered service in November 1943 at 17 years old. He went to San Diego for boot camp. That was his first...
Kenneth Killilea received his Marine Corps boot camp training at Parris Island. The moment he stepped off the bus upon...
Benjamin Carson was born in February 1923 on a farm in Ottawa Township, Minnesota. Shortly afterward, his family moved...
Thomas Edward Pugh was sent to the Marine Recruit Depot for boot camp in San Diego, California. He was woken up early...
Forrest Villarrubia volunteered for the Marines the day after his high school graduation. His mother would not sign for...

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