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Walter Halloran had never thought about joining the military until the attack on Pearl Harbor. He knew no one who had...
Vernon Alexander was sent to Fort Hood, Texas for his basic training. It was known as North Camp Hood at the time that...
Harold Berkman had 16 weeks of basic training as a member of Company B, 36th Infantry Training Battalion [Annotator's...
Clayton Kelly Gross does not recall if the Messerschmitt he shot down off of the B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17...
Glen Jostad had an abbreviated basic training before beginning radio training at Scott Field [Annotator's Note: near...
Jake Ussery boarded the Langley [Annotator's Note: USS Langley (CVL-27)] in the United States and joined in operations...
Paul Dietzel flew from the Hawaiian Islands over Kwajalein to Tinian. During the flight they had not had anything to...
[Annotator's Note: Emil Schoonejans served in the Navy aboard the submarine USS Burrfish (SS-312) and was rated a...
To fill personnel losses resulting from accidents and combat, Richard Baile's crew was broken up. He was made the...
[Annotator's Note: Fred Bergeron served in the Navy as a rear seat gunner in a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber in...
Monty Joe Boitnott was wounded when he was bringing supplies on a mule and a mortar shell hit the path. The mule went...
George Spera's first wound in combat was a small injury to his left hand in November [Annotator's Note: November 1944...
Richard Witaker recognized that the life expectancy of platoon leaders was not very long on Okinawa. The Japanese would...
When Frank Stewart's group arrived at the Tenaru River [Annotator's Note: actually, the Ilu River, on 21 August 1942]...
[Annotator's Note: Billy Grieves served in the navy aboard the submarines USS Thresher (SS-200) and USS Lizardfish (SS-...
Landing on Iwo Jima was not much different to Michael Mervosh and his men than some of their other amphibious landings...
During one mission when Lowell Brueland escorted allied bombers over Berlin, a flight of eight JU-88s [Annotator’s Note...
Some of the primary targets Robert Whitcomb hit were marshalling yards, research facilities, and factories. They made...
Carroll Knutson and his crew were leading the high squadron of a three squadron bombing group. Their target was a...
Carroll Knutson flew his first mission as part of the thousand bomber raid over Berlin. He discusses his feelings in...
Cyril Buchert found that the typical targets were hangers and airfields with their airplanes. [Annotator's Note:...
When David Yoho went through boot camp, it was great except for his troubled background. He kept getting into trouble...
Dossie East went to boot camp in Newport, Rhode Island, and upon graduation went directly to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and...
The training Marines receive is to make sure that they are always ready. After boot camp, Keith Renstrom went into...
Benjamin Carson assessed the battle for Bougainville to be unique in the sense that the intent was not to capture the...
On 1 December 1943, they [Annotator's Note: Dave Severance and the rest of the 3rd Marine Parachute Battalion] attacked...
James Gaffney never spotted any Japanese while patrolling Bougainville. They did observe and report a bright light on...
Harley Reynolds remembers the air filling with bullets. About 20 or 30 yards in, Reynolds made it to an obstacle called...
When they attacked the Siegfried Line Fred Hirsekorn and his fellow soldiers knew they were attacking into Germany. On...
Arthur Staymates was presented the Bronze Star for actions performed early in his combat. He earned his first Bronze...
[Annotator's Note: Mark Gordon Hazard, Jr. served in the Army as the commanding officer of Company E, 2nd Battalion,...
Sherwin Callander's voyage to Australia consisted of stops in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. It was winter and the ship...
Charles Davis experienced his first burial at sea after the 13 to 15 November battle [Annotator's Note: 13 to 15...
David Roderick knew the true goal was to capture Cherbourg at the end of the peninsula which took until 25 June. It was...
James Livaudais and his glider infantrymen met up with paratroopers after crossing the Merderet causeway. The...

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