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Raymond Zager was born in December 1924 in Los Angeles, California. His father was out of work for a while but was able...
Childers was born in Sherman, California. When he was young, his parents move the family to the Oklahoma.When he was...
Leisey was born in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania May 10th, 1923. He moved to Honey Brook, Pennsylvania where he ended up...
Stegmeier was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1922. At the time of the interview he is 85 years old. He attended Grandview...
Clayton Kelly Gross was born in Walla Walla, Washington, a town so pretty they named it twice. Gross remarks it is...
Billow was born in Millersburg, Pennsylvania. Growing up during the depression was rough, they did not have much. His...
Richard Ford had 180 men in his company with six officers in his LCI [Annotators Note: Landing Craft Infantry] on D Day...
The men learned to pack parachutes and jump from a tower. They had to pack the first 10 parachutes they would use at...
Theodore Finkbeiner shipped out of Cape Cod aboard the USS George Washington [Annotators Note: SS George Washington] in...
John Luckadoo and the other cadets were segregated in advanced flight training between single engine and twin engine....
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...
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...
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...

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