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Walter Broll sailed north of Iceland on his first convoy. The ship zig-zagged over the course of the voyage. He did...
One day, Jack Yusen heard his name called and he was ordered to report to the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413). Yusen and...
[Annotators Note: Wesley Trindal served in the US Army as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry...
Monty Joe Boitnott was supposed to deploy to Scotland on the Mariposa but the ship caught on fire while it was being...
Charles Murray is a retired US Army Colonel. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1921. His mother was from Maryland....
Woody Woodall [Annotator's Note: Wendall Woodall] was born in March 1925 in Webster City, Iowa. They were so poor that...
Dr. Roscoe C. Brown was born in Washington D.C. and lived there for the first 17 years of his life. Washington D.C. was...
James Salerno stayed in San Diego for about four or five months. From there they went to Pearl Harbor where they saw...
The first chance William Lansford and the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion had [Annotator's Note: to fight the Japanese] was...
After PT boat training at Melville, Rhode Island, Charles Littig went to new construction at Jacksonville for Huckins...
Thomas Murphy graduated from high school on 6 June 1944 and was inducted into the military two days later. He took his...
William Garbo was born in 1924 in Laurel, Mississippi. He was in high school when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor....
At about nine that night, the captain told William Curtis and the rest of the crew to put their gas gear on and they...
Louis Conter arrived in San Francisco after his voyage from Hawaii. He took a train trip to Pensacola, Florida during...
After eight weeks of boot camp, James Goodrich was sent to Camp Elliot. Camp Pendleton was not around at that time....
Lawrence Yatsu went to Fort Meade, Maryland when he left Camp Blanding. From there they went overseas on a troopship....
After high school, Harold Whitaker was bumming around and getting trouble until his mother and a family friend...
James Gulotta was sent to New Caledonia. New Caledonia was a French possession which was used a staging area for new...
Gerard Halpern graduated from high school in May or June of 1943. He applied to City College and started classes there...
Philip Schweitzer served as a combat medic with the 11th Airborne Division. Schweitzer was born and raised in Brooklyn...
Robert Dale Rosendahl was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota in April 1921 and grew up in a small agricultural town....
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...
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...
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...
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...
Sterling Cale was sent to Korea near Pusan while the rest of the transferred troops went to Sasebo, Japan. He was with...

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