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William Pena remembers how his battalion commander was a gung-ho, brave, and tall man who refused to stay at the rear...
[Annotator's Note: 1st Lieutenant John Marr served as a platoon leader in Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment...
Norman Ikari and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team had to sweep through tiny Italian towns and villages. Street fighting...
William Dabney notes that the explosive did not have to be activated before being hauled up with the balloon. They...
Once Lieutenant John Marr and the rest of Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment crossed the bridge at La Fiere,...
Abe Milkis landed on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. Rather than entering France as a...
When the 2nd Marine Division shipped out from New Zealand only the battalion commanders knew the specifics of the...
Monty Joe Boitnott loaded transports with over 250,000 prisoners. Some of the prisoners were kept in North Africa for...
Elmo E. Bell retired from the US Army as a full Colonel. His Mississippi National Guard retired grade is Brigadier...
Harley Reynolds’s 2nd battalion was in Faid Pass when the Germans made an attack to penetrate their lines and take some...
Monty Joe Boitnott thought the strategy was ill advised at Kasserine Pass because they knew the enemy was coming. They...
Harley Reynolds and his unit trained for Sicily on an incredibly rocky shoreline. The shore they actually landed on in...
Tom Quigley remembers watching as the two platoons before his made their way down the hillside, through some fields,...
James Livaudais knew he had really seen combat after the battle at La Fiere and the Merderet crossing. He thought at...
Captain Ben Schwartzwalder, Lieutenant John Marr's superior in command of Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment...
For John Marr it is paramount to relentlessly train military leadership based on the lessons learned from failed...
After Lieutenant John Marr and the rest of Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment crossed the La Fiere causeway,...
The Thresher [Annotator's Note: USS Thresher (SS-200)] had torpedo problems on most of her runs. Billy Grieves kept an...
[Annotators Note: Arthur Killam served in the US Navy as an Electricians Mate aboard the submarine USS Sea Dragon.]...
[Annotators Note: Daniel Farley served in the army as a rifleman in Company A, 5th Ranger Battalion.] On 9 June Company...
John Marr landed in water up to his armpits on D Day after the jump [Annotators Note: into Normandy] and immediately...
Harley Reynolds notes that by one in the morning they stopped and rested. The next morning they were in position and...
James Livaudais remembers certain names from his combat experience very vividly. Not all of them are mentioned in...
James Livaudais saw a man named Oseroff killed. That was the first combat death that Livaudais witnessed. He merely...
Lowell Brueland earned the Silver Star after he arrived in France while performing a fighter sweep. He had completed...
Charles Coolidge recalls the weather at Monte Cassino as being cold and rainy. Coolidge feels that had they gone with...
After eliminating the remainder of the artillery positions on Ngesebus Island, the 5th Marine Regiment returned to...
William Leibold was topside with O'Kane [Annotator's Note: US Navy Rear Admiral Richard O'Kane had been the commanding...
Harley Reynolds went through the town of Troina but did not fight there. Company F ran into most of the resistance...
Monty Joe Boitnott was at a bomber base in Algeria. There were no air bases in Tunisia because almost all of the bases...
While in combat in the Normandy's hedgerow country, an entire patrol from John Witmeyer's unit was killed by a German...
One night, the battalion command sent John Witmeyer on a patrol behind German lines. Witmeyer took six other men out on...
[Annotator's Note: due to a technical problem, audio for this segment was lost].

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