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Robert Dale Rosendahl was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota in April 1921 and grew up in a small agricultural town....
Arley Jett was born in 1922 in Breathitt County, Kentucky. He grew up in Canoe, Kentucky and near Cincinnati, Ohio....
Roland Chaisson volunteered for the Army when he was 17. He didn't like the Navy and the Marine Corps sounded too tough...
Edmund Durocher was born in Manhattan and moved to Queens when he was eight years old. He graduated from high school in...
Charles Womack was born in October 1922 and grew up in McComb, Mississippi. His parents were divorced and his father...
Romus Burgin was born in Jewett, Texas and stayed there until he graduated high school in 1941. He joined the Marine...
Paul Takeo Bannai decided to go to Washington D.C. to lobby for the inclusion of Japanese-Americans in the military. He...
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...
Emil Schoonejans volunteered for service in the Navy. He originally wanted to go into the air force. He and a buddy...
Carey Suratt trained at Great Lakes, Illinois. Boot camp lasted five weeks. He enjoyed boot camp. The trainees learned...
[Annotator’s Note: chit chat for the first 13 seconds of the interview] Robert Brant was born 10 October 1924 in Denver...
Noah Lewis was drafted and inducted into the Navy in Lafayette, Louisiana. He was examined by military doctors and then...
Orville Bethard was attending Washington High School when he learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in...
The Marine Raiders formed from Gerald West's old battalion, the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. The Raiders were...
Blanche Gangwere was 26 and over the minimum age of 24 when she joined the Red Cross [Annotator's Note: American Red...
Walter Broll passed through the station [Annotator's Note: the Merchant Marine training station at Sheepshead Bay in...
Emmett Guderian was told he would not be able to go home before shipping out overseas. [Annotator's Note: Guderian...
Allen Horton was commissioned out of midshipmen's school in Chicago, Illinois, and proceeded to Scouts and Raiders...
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...
George Beaugh recalled that his crew took the Northern route to England. Since the weather was so bad, they had to stop...
Henry Langrehr had heard about the paratroopers. When he went to join, he told them that is what he wanted. At that...
James Billingsley was at Fort Benning [Annotator's Note: Fort Benning, Georgia] in an area called The Frying Pan. The...
Grant Jiro Hirabayashi was very confused after visiting his family in an internment camp but returned to Fort Snelling...
William Edwin Howard loved his trip overseas on a Liberty ship [Annotator's Note: a class of quickly produced cargo...
Sterling Cale was sent to Korea near Pusan while the rest of the transferred troops went to Sasebo, Japan. He was with...
Henry Armstrong expected to go overseas. He thought he was going to the Philippines due having trained with mules. Once...
During the overseas voyage Frank Mancuso was in charge of checking the tie downs, therefore he had privileged access to...
Richard Higgins occasionally wants to forget what he has seen. Higgins remembers being on Cape Gloucester hiding behind...
The war in the Pacific was still raging when Mickey Montalbano shipped out on the USS Jason (AR-8). He stopped in...
Donald Lindquist was an officer in the US Merchant Marine. After the war, he went to school for Business Administration...
In May 1945, John Earles deployed to a tent city in Hawaii, and from there he was sent to Guam. At the time, the island...
The experience of seeing the kids wanting American candy, and the subsequent revelation of the ship that had passed...
Lowell Hughes was stationed at Camp Barkeley near Abilene, Texas when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. A supply...
[Annotator's Note: Joel Varner went on active duty in the Army Air Corps in February 1943.] Varner joined the Army Air...

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