Military training and instruction

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The training at Tuskegee was rigorous. There was a lot of hazing. Leahr believes that they were trained as good as...
Robert Zawada was 16 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He graduated from high school in 1942. He did not think...
Henry Phillips' regiment went through a series of disasters during the battle. One full company was bush whacked by the...
Kalil and the others were not prepared while training in Louisiana. They did not have any of the equipment they would...
The Army Air Corps knew that they needed to get the best pilots. Robert Shoens took his training in January of February...
Richard Ford was in Panama City when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was in a bar when he found out. Panamanian police...
In primary training they flew the PT-19. It was an open cockpit aircraft. Basic training was BT-13's and BT-15's. Her...
Tyler took primary and basic training at Randolph Field then advanced training at Kelley Field [Annotator's Note: San...
The next morning, possibly around 3 am, Baldwin and the rest of Cannon Company were told to get ready to go ashore. To...
Richard Duchossois knew his unit was going to be a tank destroyer unit. None of the men in the battalion had ever even...
James Nerison learned how to handle the boat, fix the engine, and operate the radio equipment. He was also versed in...
They started flying and did not quit flying from that point on. Geraldine Nyman was stationed in Long Beach, California...
Edward LaPorta was a member of the 1st Armored Division. The first tanks they had overseas were riveted together. They...
In January 1944, Yellin was sent to Thunderbird Field in Arizona. That was where he took his primary training. He was...
Rankin left McChord Field on 14 July 1942 and arrived in Santa Ana, California in 15 July 1942 for preflight training....
In late April [Annotator's Note: 1944], they practiced two maneuvers at Woolacombe with the Empire Javeline, the same...
Tarrant went to join the military when he was 18. He was in good shape, about 175 pounds. A sergeant asked him, "What...
Grant Ichikawa was first taken to an assembly center located on a horse racing track near Turlock, California. His...
Wilburn K. Ross was on a ship heading through the Straits of Gibraltar when an announcement was made that Germany had...
By the time Barney Old Coyote got out of the service the letter [Annotators Note: see Barney Old Coyote Segment 1] had...
Showers spent the entire war working in communications and intelligence, in direct collaboration with Admiral Nimitz [...
When William Lansford was in Iceland he and the other Marines spent their time building their own Quonset huts and...
After Quintana went through boot camp, he came out feeling like he could fight anyone. They prepared the men in boot...
When Snapp arrived at the hotel [Annotator’s Note: in Sweetwater, Texas for WASP training] there was roughly thirty to...
Henderson flew as a tail gunner on a B-17 [Annotator’s Note: American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber] until his last...
They shipped out in late September [Annotator's Note: September 1942] and landed in North Africa on 8 November 1942....
At Ft. Benning, Bell ended up training with the 79th Infantry Division. As an officer, Bell remembers going through...
They ended up at Camp Custer. DeMers had been getting promoted this entire time. He made 1st Sergeant by 1940. They...
He notes that the training the Marines receive is to make sure that they are always ready. After boot camp, Renstrom...
When Michael Doi and the rest of the 100th Battalion were on the French Italian border they were allowed passes to go...
Mack graduated from high school June 1st, 1943. He entered the United States Navy on July 13th, 1943 and was discharged...
A year after enlisting as a private Robert Christie graduated from OCS [Annotators Note: Officer Candidate School] with...
David Dennis does not recall when or how he learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor but does recall hearing that the...
Freddie Ohr and his family moved to a place where they could not find any meat. They had a bunch of cats and his mother...
When Dupuy got his wings, his sisters came down for the ceremony. After the ceremony he received a thirty day leave...
In 1940 Holloman had attempted to volunteer for the Canadian Air Force. He filled out the application and his father...

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