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Edward LaPorta was a member of the 1st Armored Division. The first tanks they had overseas were riveted together. They...
Rankin left McChord Field on 14 July 1942 and arrived in Santa Ana, California in 15 July 1942 for preflight training....
Gravois had had plenty of amphibious landing training. He also had a lot of combat training in boot camp. He did a lot...
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...
After Quintana went through boot camp, he came out feeling like he could fight anyone. They prepared the men in boot...
Henderson flew as a tail gunner on a B-17 [Annotator’s Note: American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber] until his last...
At Ft. Benning, Bell ended up training with the 79th Infantry Division. As an officer, Bell remembers going through...
They left Fort Dix in October 1943. They sent their families home.They went to Europe on a liberty ship. The whole...
John Vessey and his unit headed to Fort Dix to prepare to go overseas. They were supposed to go on a French ship but it...
William Barnes served aboard USS PC-590 which was a patrol craft. During the early part of 1942 the navy was desperate...
Woods did well in school. He could have gone on to any of the advanced training schools but he volunteered to go out as...
In 1940 Holloman had attempted to volunteer for the Canadian Air Force. He filled out the application and his father...
Leonard Spivey did very well in his training and was qualified to continue training as a navigator. Spivey went to...
One of Karr's uncles was an original member of the American Legion when it was founded in Paris in World War I. Another...
McNeil reported to Fort Belvoir [Annotator's Note: Fort Belvoir, Virginia] but that was too close to Washington D.C....
He was asleep in his bunk [Annotator's Note: aboard the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco, CA38] early in the morning of...
Lynn Compoton had just played football against USC when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Compton woke up to hearing people talk...
Thatcher watched and was actually in a few of the B-25's that were practicing taking off from a short runway. It gave...
When Crain was in the armada heading towards the beaches [Annotator's Note: during the invasion of Sicily, July 1943],...
Ardel Bollinger did not get along with the Colonel in England. When Bollinger asked for a recommendation to join the...
Baum recalls that Jewish men did not receive the recognition that the other soldiers did. It was not as bad for the...
Mann was initially sent to Camp Lee, Virginia where he got his uniforms and his vaccination shots. He then took 17...
John Weinart notes that three months after he got to Europe there were only ten of them left. Many were killed, injured...
Perrett was sent on a truck to Little Creek, Virginia. When Mr. Higgins [Annotator’s Note: Andrew Higgins] finished...
Giles Bacon remained at Merritt Island for five months before transferring to Quantico, Virginia. He then transferred...
McClellan and two other people were selected to take the guns down to Paris. On the train ride down he was with a...
Galloway lost his radio at one point and had to join up with another radio operator. Galloway recalls one afternoon...
Hopkins finished that phase in September 1941. Hopkins was assigned to Bombing Squadron 4 which operated off of the USS...
Feightner and a friend, Red Hall, attended the CPT [Annotator's Note: Civilian Pilot Training] class their school [...
They were cruising around Java when they ran aground in the valley straights [Annotator’s Note: aboard the USS Boise in...
Bailey checked in with his draft board and was put on a bus to Camp Croft. He told the army recruiter that he wanted to...
Joseph Armanini was assigned to bombardier school. He wanted to be a bombardier because as a bombardier you saw action...
From Nebraska they flew to Bangor, Maine. There were 36 planes that flew out of Maine to go overseas. They were...
Oscar Johnson went to Kingman, Arizona for gunnery school and then to Lincoln, Nebraska to assemble the crew. From...
When they landed on New Caledonia they were told they were going to march off their sea legs with a thirty mile hike....

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