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Vernon Alexander was sent to Fort Hood, Texas for his basic training. It was known as North Camp Hood at the time that...
Alton Barnes went to Fort McPherson, Georgia and then back to Fort McClellan [Annotator's Note: near Anniston, Alabama...
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...
Irwin Stovroff got the call for service in the military, but it was not the assignment he anticipated. Instead of entry...
Glen Jostad had an abbreviated basic training before beginning radio training at Scott Field [Annotator's Note: near...
George Hood discusses his entry in the United States Army Air Forces. He recounts his training experiences in multiple...
Gail Halvorsen thought the Berlin Airlift [Annotator's Note: the Western Allies' operation to supply the blockaded city...
Jake Ussery boarded the Langley [Annotator's Note: USS Langley (CVL-27)] in the United States and joined in operations...
Bryce Jordan was discharged from active duty in the US Air Force in 1954 and returned to the Air National Guard....
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...
William Laubner was assigned to fly overhead cover on a mission near Berlin, Germany. The other portion of the fighter...
John Angier's 33rd mission was to Cologne, Germany which should have been a relatively short mission. They were hit...
[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-...
Finally departing France after almost five months, James Armstrong describes getting underway on a boat from Douarnenez...
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...
[Annotator's Note: Joseph Krause served in the US Army Air Forces as a flight engineer and top turret gunner on a...
Carroll Knutson flew his first mission as part of the thousand bomber raid over Berlin. He discusses his feelings in...
John W. Towle flew his first missions over flying bomb sights in France. [Annotator's Note: The V-1 rocket bomb and V-2...
Cyril Buchert found that the typical targets were hangers and airfields with their airplanes. [Annotator's Note:...
[Annotator's Note: Warren Schmitt served in the US Army Air Forces as a gunner on a Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy...
Assigned as a B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] gunner with the 527th Bombardment...
Teddy Kirkpatrick continues recounting several of the missions he flew as a B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying...
The night the USS Catoctin (AGC-5) was hit by the bomb, Howard Fox was on the bridge, copying messages and reading...
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...

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