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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...
Aubrey Bradley had always wanted to fly, but had never been in an airplane before he entered the Army Air Corps. His...
Gerald Abbenhaus went overseas November 1944 [Annotator's Note: as an infantry officer in Company H, 2nd Battalion,...
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...
Edward Tipper credits paratrooper training with assisting in making the attack on Carentan a success. The decision was...
[Annotators Note: Clayton Fisher served in the Navy as a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber pilot in Bombing Squadron 8...
[Annotator's Note: William G. Roy served in the Navy as a Photographer's Mate 2nd Class aboard the aircraft carrier USS...
That afternoon, Clayton Fisher and his squadron [Annotator's Note: Bombing Squadron 8 (VB-8)] were launched again to...
Leroy Fadem experienced his only occasion of seasickness on the shakedown cruise to Guantanamo aboard the USS Stevens (...
Monty Joe Boitnott fought in bad weather and only received support when the skies cleared. The Junkers would be...
Henry Freedman, along with the rest of the troops in his division [Annotator's Note: Freedman was a member of the...
Joseph Hochadel was in combat shortly after patching up the chaplain. Hochadel recalls getting a call about some...
Kaliste Saloom assisted downed Allied pilots escaping from occupied Europe through Spain and Portugal. Franco [...
George Peto and the men of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines had a few days of rest and got new guns then moved out...
Tom Quigley recalls how after having sufficiently halted the German advance, he and his men slogged their way back to...
When they were pulling into port in Luzon with 600 men aboard, Ben Skardon said that Lieutenant George Coburn, Skardon'...
[Annotator's Note: This segment begins with the interviewer talking about another interview he recorded with a soldier...
Cleston Stell arrived in France where he joined the 80th Infantry Division in St. Avold. He was assigned to Company G,...
George Spera first saw combat in September 1944. He was scared to death. Nobody had previous combat experience...
Stanley Wolczyk was under fire three times during the campaign to recapture Attu from the Japanese. It was during the...
James Odom recalled two big "fracases." In Leyte Bay, his ship was part of what he has been told was the largest...
After surviving a B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] flight that arrived in Hawaii on...
[Annotator's Note: Charles McGee served in the USAAF as a fighter pilot with the 302nd Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter...
Vernon Alexander fought in the Muehlhausen combat. The fighting was hot and difficult. Climbach was another instance of...
Anthony Varuso thought highly of the natives on the island of New Guinea. Even though their clothing was minimal, they...

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