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Opal Grapes joined the Army and reported for duty at Foster General Hospital in Temple, Texas. She underwent training...
Richard Scheerer was on the streets of Little Rock when he learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was...
Bruno Viani was asked by his company commander if he would consider applying for OCS [Annotator's Note: Office...
Archibald Rackerby volunteered to become a Marine Raider. He was a corporal and was in charge of classifying incoming...
Hans Siverts remembers Sunday, 7 December [Annotator's Note: 7 December 1941; the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,...
James Scales was in the Marine Corps when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: the Japanese attack on...
Oscar Otto Martin remembered that on his first day in combat, they were scheduled to attack at two in the afternoon,...
Rob Roy Ratliff was assigned to the communications section of Headquarters, 5th Marine Division. At the time, the 5th...
Robert Brant and his unit [Annotator's Note: 71st Naval Construction Battalion] invaded Bougainville [Annotator's Note...
Raymond VanDuzer was inducted into the service then sent to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He was not sure what he wanted...
Jimmy Doi spent his first day in the internment camp [Annotator's Note: Doi was interned at the Gila River Relocation...
After completing training, Robert Andry boarded a ship in New York [Annotator's Note: New York, New York] bound for...
Warren Nolan went to Pearl Harbor aboard a Navy troop transport ship. It took about six days to get there. He was then...
Charles Kneflin had never seen anything like the B-29 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-29 Superfortress very heavy bomber]....
In addition to class learning, such as communication and radio navigation, Maynard David and the other cadets learned...
Robert Templet took his boot camp training in San Diego. The days started early for him. During his first week in...
Jack Thornhill was sent to San Diego for boot camp. There were a lot of guys from the Alexandria [Annotator's Note:...
The training Marines receive is to make sure that they are always ready. After boot camp, Keith Renstrom went into...
Harper Gruber found boot camp very rough, but very beneficial in terms of his physical conditioning. After school, his...
Henry Muller was in Papua New Guinea undergoing intensive training. Shortly after arriving, Muller was concerned about...
Donelson Houseman believes that the magnitude of the German offensive [Annotator's Note: the German Ardennes Offensive...
Sherwin Callander's voyage to Australia consisted of stops in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. It was winter and the ship...
Elmo Espree's troop ship sailed from Australia for the Bay of Bengal in India. In India, Espree went through the Ganges...
At Sioux City, the ground crew was completing their training and going on last leaves. One day, the first sergeant...
Francis Bucher was aboard a World War 1 vessel on his way to Adak [Annotator's Note: Adak Island, Aleutian Islands,...
Francis J. Cook went from England to France in late September or early October 1944. The 106th [Annotator's Note: 106th...
Norman Neste left for Europe in October 1944 after the D-Day invasion [Annotator's Note: the Allied invasion of...
After being turned down by the Navy for being blind in one eye, Clifton Trahan was accepted into the US Merchant Marine...
Monroe Scherer was the chess champion of not only basic, but later training. He was at Fort Belvoir, Virginia which was...
Glen Kuskie was born in February 1924 on a dairy farm in Lincoln, Nebraska. When his family moved to town, his dad...
Hewitt Brian Gomez was a navigator training with his crew at Chatham Field [Annotator's Note: Chatham, Georgia]. He...
Lucien Paul Laborde was named after his grandfathers. He was the third boy in his family. Laborde was born in Vinton,...
Robert Brant wanted to be transferred to new duties on an escort ship going to the Philippines after spending 11 months...
William McCowen signed on to a crew for the Korean War [Annotator's Note: 1950 to 1953] and was sent overseas to Kadena...
James Marks arrived in Boston, Massachusetts from New York. He was shown to his room and was given a basketball. He...
When Julian Trist Bringier McConnell left the bigger ship that took him overseas, he patrolled mountainous islands and...

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