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Roy Uthes grew up in Detroit, Michigan. His father was a policeman. Uthes had brothers who were also in the service. He...
Glenn Frazier met a large sergeant when he arrived in Camp Shelby. Some of the new recruits were destined for Hawaii....
Fred Hirsekorn was drafted in early 1943. After induction at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas he was sent to Camp Campbell,...
[Annotator's Note: Charles Radford served in the Army as an infantryman in Company I, 3rd Battalion, 133rd Infantry...
Jack Houston had three reasons for enlisting. The first was patriotism. The second was that all of his friends were...
Melvin Munch had a 15 day leave following his basic training in the United States Navy. It took four days each way for...
Philip Schweitzer's first time away from home was his trip to basic training. Schweitzer thinks that at the time, the...
In the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ira Schilling was sent to Camp Elliot, California where he joined Company L...
George Morgan left Fort Pierce after a month and a half along with two dozen other men. [Annotator’s Note: Fort...
James Livaudais entered the service in March 1942. His division was to be the Sergeant York Division. The decision...
Richard Boyd joined his company [Annotator's Note: Company B, 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion] as a replacement in...
Before going to China, John Alison was sent to England to observe how the air war over England was progressing. Small...
Robert Judd 's team [Annotator's Note: Underwater Demolition Teams 4 (UDT-)] was preparing for the assault on the...
After boot camp, Richard Nummer returned home for only one day before he returned to San Diego. Some trainees went AWOL...
Within a week, shipping instructions were posted and George Griffenhagen's name was on the list. They shipped out in...
Robert Hammond had to deal with his own health when he was on leave in Philadelphia. He had an appendectomy, and while...
They went aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York. The ship was full. Some of the men had been waiting aboard for a...
After he joined Company B, 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, Hugh Colbert...
Basil Woolf was ordered to wear tropical gear for deployment. He boarded the Queen Elizabeth in Scotland and five days...
After training in Texas, Joseph Medicine Crow went to Camp McCoy near New York, New York for embarkation to Europe. He...
After completing 17 weeks of infantry basic training, Tokuji Yoshihashi was sent to Camp Shelby, Mississippi. After two...
Raymond VanDuzer shipped out for England aboard a former luxury liner. There were no available troopships so these...
The trip overseas for Richard Witaker was difficult because so many of his fellow Marines got seasick on the 31 day...
Herbert Gross and his fellow bomber crewmen received their plane in Kansas for ship out overseas. It was a desert paint...
Lloyd Guillory flew aboard an LB-30 [Annotator's Note: the Consolidated LB-30 Liberator cargo aircraft was a variant of...
Wayne Pierce was the Supply and Transportation Officer when his Battalion left Fort Bragg. The regiment travelled by...
Vernon Alexander had never been on a big boat before his overseas deployment. The troops were stacked five deep in the...
Robert Marovelli responded to the propaganda about the Japanese, and couldn't help having bad feelings about them....
In September 1944, Samuel Jenkins and the others [Annotator's Note: the other members of the I...
[Annotator's Note: Michael Mervosh served in the USMC in Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine...
Robert Gorman was only in Camp Shanks for a few days before sailing in a convoy for Europe. His wife tried to visit him...
Thomas Murphy boarded ship and left Boston Harbor on 24 December [Annotator's Note: 24 December 1944] to go overseas....
The first time Malcolm Higgins saw a B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] he wondered how...
After completing his training, Mort Walker volunteered for overseas duty because he had heard that once the war was...
After two different assignments on quartermaster duty in the United States, Rothacker Smith finally joined his...
Kelly Kuwayama had been used to all of these different types of Americans growing up in New York City. The meeting of...

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