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Arthur Staymates had a typical, hard training before he left the States but it was not too difficult for him. He...
Richard Graff did not mind being drafted because he knew he was going to have to fight in the war. He thinks his ethic...
John Pogue was a capable typist when he entered the Army. He was told that with his ability to type 70 words per minute...
Clifford Albert Hahn entered basic training at Fort Lee, Virginia [Annotator's Note: he had enlisted in July 1942]....
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...
Philip Sciortino entered the Army and went to Camp Beauregard [Annotator's Note: in Pineville, Louisiana] for his...
On 1 July 1943, Milton Moxon received his draft notice. He reported to Fort Hood, Texas for basic training after which...
Perry Garten was drafted and sent to Fort Leavenworth for processing. He was then shipped to Bowman Field near...
Thomas Kingsley's departure for military training was an emotional family event. He had volunteered for the Army...
Frank Lombardo was inducted into the service and became a private in the Army [Annotator's Note: on 5 March 1942]. His...
Clarence Derrington entered the service and went from Camp Shelby [Annotator's Note: near Hattiesburg, Mississippi]...
Harold Berkman had 16 weeks of basic training as a member of Company B, 36th Infantry Training Battalion [Annotator's...
Carroll Harris was born in January 1922 in Rockport, Mississippi and went into the service at 20 years old. After...
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...
Wallace Hurley was initially trained as a scout but reassigned to regular infantry. His training was at Camp Robinson...
Chester Brewer was sent to Las Vegas, Nevada and fired every gun from BB guns [Annotator's Note: air gun that fires...
William Anderson enlisted in the Navy. It took him five days to get through because they found a spot on his lungs from...
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...
Bruno S. Rinas discussed joining the service with a younger brother. He joined the military in 1940 at Fort Snelling [...
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,...
For the first four months of his service, William Patrick Bonelli made 21 dollars a month. He had very little training...
Francis Dymnicki attempted to become a pilot in the Air Force. Half of his friends wanted to do the same. Dymnicki was...
Elmore Ruck went to ground school in Santa Anna, California. It involved training in navigation and aircraft...
Robert Cahoon was drafted into the Army on his 21st birthday. When he reported to Camp Shelby [Annotator's Note: near...
Frank Bostwick joined the ROTC [Annotator's Note: Reserve Officer Training Corps] for three years while he was in high...
David Fisher reported for active duty on 23 December 1943 at Camp Beauregard [Annotator's Note: in Pineville, Louisiana...
Antoinette Underwood signed up for the Army a day or two after Pearl Harbor. She had to go to West Point for an...

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