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Donald Beeghly was not excited about being drafted. He wondered what would happen. Beeghly got his uniforms at Fort...
Ralph Sykes was not affected much by the Army. It was a new experience though. He believes people should think hard...
H. Lloyd Wilkerson was hosting business acquaintances at a hotel in Charleston, South Carolina when he heard a radio...
Charles Fitts, Jr. received orders to report to Camp Barkeley, Texas to join the 12th Armored Division. He was brought...
After a short orientation at Camp Beauregard [Annotator's Note: in Pineville, Louisiana], David Verlander was sent to...
Once while Frank Mancuso was out with his friends, they began talking about how bad things were getting in Germany,...
Mark Gordon Hazard, Jr. was always a thinker and he designed a way to make things easier for his men when marching....
The Navy's boot camp in San Diego required that all graduates knew how to swim, and Ogden Saik mentioned that it was no...
The time came when Anthony Acevedo had to leave home and join the Army. The American Embassy kept close tabs on them [...
Against his older brother's advice, Arnold Addison joined the Marine Corps. He remembers that when he started boot camp...
After his furlough, James Goodrich was told to report to Camp Pendleton. At the time Goodrich did not know what or...
Henry Feldman was drafted shortly after he turned 18 years of age [Annotator's Note: in April 1943]. On the train to...
Gale Ammerman went to England just after Christmas 1943. He went to Scotland first. He about froze to death even...
Frank Biondo went to Fort Warren, Wyoming [Annotator's Note: now Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming...
Harley Reynolds learned immediately on the Queen Mary that they were headed for England because the crew passed along...
[Annotator's Note: Daniel Farley served in the Army with Company A, 5th Ranger Battalion.] They went abord the...
Robert L. Williams' buddy Joseph Slosarczyk was in charge of the pigeons. In England, Joe was tasked with throwing...
The men of the 506th [Annotator's Note: 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division] were sent to...
William Wayne left the United States for the first time and it was not scary, but it was different. They made their way...
Lloyd Dendy went from San Diego [Annotator's Note: San Diego, California] to Oahu, Hawaii to the old Camp Catlin which...
Richard Yavenue was told to pack his sea bag and wait to be shipped out as a replacement. He was later assigned to the...
After Richard Henry Hamilton finished high school in 1940, he raised poultry on the farm as a means of income until he...
Keith Renstrom notes that one of the hardest things for a Marine, or anybody, is to see your first American blood [...
Benjamin Carson and the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion left San Diego and headed to Pearl Harbor aboard the USS J....
Ernest Chauvin was drafted and went to basic training at Camp Croft, South Carolina. It was a pretty camp and was...
Dominic Geraci was drafted in February 1943. His dad did not feel much about his being drafted. His mom was more upset...
Kenneth Wieland does not remember too much about his basic training but recalls there was a lot of marching and time on...
William Lansford and the other Marine Raider recruits were taken to Jacques Farm where they began their training. The...
Donald Dean went to Farragut, Idaho for boot camp then to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for fire control school where he...
Moses Hogan's basic training was in Norfolk, Virginia, and he shipped out from San Diego, California. He was assigned...
Harold Bergbower completed high school then entered the service at age 19. He was 21 years old when Pearl Harbor was...
Basic training for Robert Boyer was regimented, leaving little to chance. For 17 weeks he worked with the 57mm anti-...
Once Utah Beach was secured, Jack Gutman returned to England with the evacuees, and wound up in the officers' ward. His...
Having completed multi-engined flight training as an Army Air Force pilot, Alonzo Emerson reported to Greenville, South...
Edward E. Boyles recalled his various sleeping quarters when traveling overseas. When he was shipped out to Hawaii for...
After finishing his training, John Snyder was assigned to the USS Harry Lee (APA-10), which transported troops to North...

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