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Elmo Espree was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in September 1921. His family moved to Los Angeles, California in 1923...
Robert Huber read Mein Kampf in high school. It was his first introduction to Hitler [Annotator's Note: German Dictator...
John Poole was born in Mercy, Texas in 1923. The Great Depression represented hard times for Poole. His father had a...
Lawrence Brooks was drafted in 1940 and went for basic training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. By November [Annotator's...
Frank Maresca started his basic training in January [Annotator's Note: January 1944]. He was first sent to Fort Dix for...
Julian Siebert was drafted in May 1942. The next year was very long. He had his basic training in Camp Hood in Texas....
Elmer Knudsen was born in February 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Camden, New Jersey. He had a...
John McConn was sent to Paris, Texas for basic training. That lasted about four months then he was sent to Kingsville,...
Norman Riggsby was drafted. He then went to an examination. Afterward, he went to a reception center in Michigan. From...
Henry Malec began his training in the Army in Camp Robinson near Little Rock, Arkansas. He was issued his uniform,...
Abe Milkis was called up soon after finishing high school. After being drafted, he found himself on bivouac in a tent...
After induction, Jack Barnes went to Camp Howze in Gainesville, Texas for nine months of training. He trained in...
Frank Fontana took his basic training in Camp Barkeley in Texas. It was miserable, desolate country. The training...
Burton Johnson entered into service at Clinton, Arkansas at age 18. At Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was assigned to the 1st...
After he was inducted into the Army, Joseph Simpson first went to Camp Wolters in Mineral Well, Texas for about three...
Lewis Guidry had difficulty leaving his wife and son when he entered military service. He had moved them in with her...
Arthur Staymates had a typical, hard training before he left the States but it was not too difficult for him. He...
John Pogue was a capable typist when he entered the Army. He was told that with his ability to type 70 words per minute...
Mahlen Arledge received his draft notice in July 1943 and went into service the next month. He elected to go into the...
Gus Gikas considered enlistment to be good for him. Being an amateur radio operator, Gikas could fix just about any...
James Matthew Weller was born in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana in July 1922. Before the war, he attended college....
Perry Garten was drafted and sent to Fort Leavenworth for processing. He was then shipped to Bowman Field near...
Harry Quinn entered Camp Shelby in September [Annotator’s Note: 1943] and stayed there for about a week. From there,...
Harold Berkman had 16 weeks of basic training as a member of Company B, 36th Infantry Training Battalion [Annotator's...
William B. Hughes knew he wanted to be a soldier when he first saw his brother in uniform. He eventually joined the...
Jack Carver began his basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama. An accelerated training went on there to teach...
Carrol Joy was erroneously given three sets of shots after swearing into the United States Army Air Forces. His first...
Walter Ram went through basic training for the Army. He was discharged after a year in the Army. When the Japanese...
After he enlisted, Carroll Knutson was evaluated and selected for training as a pilot. His training began at Maxwell...
Irwin Stovroff got the call for service in the military, but it was not the assignment he anticipated. Instead of entry...
Albert Porche learned to take Army life as it came. He was in Jackson, Mississippi after his enlistment. People did not...
Robert Butler Whitcomb was born in Scipio, Indiana. When he was about six his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he...
Harold Gournay was born in Eunice, Louisiana in 1919. He grew up and attended school in Eunice. He graduated from high...
Glen Jostad had an abbreviated basic training before beginning radio training at Scott Field [Annotator's Note: near...
George Roberts was working a good job when he was drafted. He was called up in August and reported to Altoona,...
Francis Dymnicki attempted to become a pilot in the Air Force. Half of his friends wanted to do the same. Dymnicki was...

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