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Yukio Kawamoto was born in Berkeley, California in November 1919. He was drafted into the Army from the University of...
Ted Winestone [Annotator's Note: a Polish-Jewish refugee] did not talk much about his war experience with his new peers...
Walter Bowsher joined the Marines and went to boot camp in San Diego. He attended sea school there and then was...
Arthur Jackson had been influenced by Marine pilots and wanted to fly. At the recruiting office he took the aviation...
Richard Nummer entered service in November 1943 at 17 years old. He went to San Diego for boot camp. That was his first...
Norris Gwin went to Parris Island, South Carolina for boot camp. He soon learned that training was not easy. The day...
Thomas Edward Pugh was sent to the Marine Recruit Depot for boot camp in San Diego, California. He was woken up early...
Forrest Villarrubia volunteered for the Marines the day after his high school graduation. His mother would not sign for...
James L. Wheeler was born in Los Angeles, California, in February 1926. His father was a dairy man, and his mother was...
At the time of Edwin Joseph Borne, Jr. 's enlistment [Annotator's Note: in the United States Marine Corps in December...
Oscar Culp was born in May 1925 in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a young African-American, he saw some of the biases...
Ralph C. Franklin did not pass his first physical for the Marine Corps because he was underweight. He ate bananas and...
Thomas Joseph Lemme teamed up with a fellow named John Prentice Brown [Annotator's Note: Lemme was drafted into the...
Melvin C. Whitman did his basic training in San Diego [Annotator's Note: Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San...
Francis John "Dick" Varone enlisted in the Marine Corps by himself. He waited until he received orders to report to...
Thinking he would ship out the next day, Frank Campisano took the family car to be sworn into the Navy. But when he...
Louis R. Lepore joined the Marine Corps in September 1942 and retired in May 1971 after 29 years of service. Lepore...
Sterling Mace was born in the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. He attended school there and played varsity...
Jack Skaggs joined the Oklahoma National Guard when he was 15 years old. He was in Headquarters Battery, 70th Field...
Theodore Marolda enlisted for four years in the Marine Corps. He went to Parris Island [Annotator's Note: Marine Corps...
[Annotator's Note: Edward Kissam was in the US Merchant Marine aboard the SS Thomas Nelson Page. When he returned from...
In boot camp, George Vincent Ross was initially treated as a low-life by the DI [Annotator's Note: drill instructor]....
Joseph Goble was part of a contingent of Marine enlistees from Raleigh, North Carolina. He did 12 weeks of boot camp...
[Annotator's Note: The interview starts with Martin Banyas mid-sentence talking about being drafted.] Banyas learned...
Bill Toledo was sent to San Diego [Annotator's Note: San Diego, California] for boot camp. He was able to keep up with...
In 1940, David Heath graduated high school and went to work on a farm. Later that year, he joined the Marines [...
Leon Williamson grew up in Tecumseh, Michigan. He attended school in the town, then went to Michigan State College [...
Henry Bourgeois was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He first flew when he was about seven years old. After...
Bryghte Davis Godbold joined the Marine Corps and attended the basic school for new officers in Philadelphia. The...
James J. Hill took all the Marine courses with no problem [Annotator's Note: during Marine Corps boot camp in late 1941...
Mac Glenn Morris flew for the first time in the backseat of a Stearman [Annotator's Note: Boeing-Stearman Model 75...
Archibald Rackerby was assigned to the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion. Colonel Liversedge [Annotator's Note: later US...
Robert Addison joined the United States Marine Corps on 7 January 1942. He spent three weeks at Parris Island and then...
After boot camp, Robert Powers joined a rifle company at Camp Elliot, then volunteered for a Marine Raider unit. He...
Bernard Friedenberg had his basic training at Fort Hancock. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he was working with his...
Peter Du Pre turned down his next deferment and joined the service. His three brothers were already in the service....

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