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Harper Harvey Coleman and his unit [Annotator's Note: 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division] had...
Donald Wilson and the USS Vincennes (CL-64) participated in the shore bombardment of Saipan and Tinian during the...
After being liberated in Warnach, Belgium for the second time, Emile Engles' father went to look at their family home....
Joseph Richard feels that the war means more now to the younger generation than it did after he left it. He meets kids...
Itka Zygmuntowicz was born in April 1926 in Ciechanów, Poland. It was a small town. They lived in two different places...
Basil Woolf joined the British Navy in May 1941. He was called up in October 1941 and his parents had a fit. His father...
Samuel Goss had no idea that he would become a boat officer. Before he graduated as an ensign [Annotator's Note: lowest...
When Martin Richard was inducted into the service, he could choose his branch of service. You could not volunteer, you...
Herbert Stern arrived at his first duty assignment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina to discover he was the commander of...
Grace Brown was at her sister's home when she heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: the Japanese...
Ted Winestone [Annotator's Note: a Polish-Jewish refugee] did not talk much about his war experience with his new peers...
Arthur Jackson had been influenced by Marine pilots and wanted to fly. At the recruiting office he took the aviation...
Benjamin Carson was born in February 1923 on a farm in Ottawa Township, Minnesota. Shortly afterward, his family moved...
Forrest Villarrubia volunteered for the Marines the day after his high school graduation. His mother would not sign for...
James L. Wheeler was born in Los Angeles, California, in February 1926. His father was a dairy man, and his mother was...
Oscar Culp was born in May 1925 in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a young African-American, he saw some of the biases...
Ralph C. Franklin did not pass his first physical for the Marine Corps because he was underweight. He ate bananas and...
Despite his father's initial objection, William Hall was excited to be activated as a Marine. Hall was sent to San...
Thomas Joseph Lemme teamed up with a fellow named John Prentice Brown [Annotator's Note: Lemme was drafted into the...
Henry L Baul was born in December 1922 in Fitzgerald, Georgia. His family moved to Florida when Baul was young. His...
Jacklyn Lucas's uncle had been a Marine. He finished his eighth grade of school in June 1942. He overwhelmed his mother...
Anthony Costa was born in Concord, California in January 1920. At the time, Concord was a small farm town. His father...
Joseph Mittelsdorf thought the Marine Corps was intense. They taught everyone learn how to follow orders. The training...
Thinking he would ship out the next day, Frank Campisano took the family car to be sworn into the Navy. But when he...
Louis R. Lepore joined the Marine Corps in September 1942 and retired in May 1971 after 29 years of service. Lepore...
Theodore Marolda enlisted for four years in the Marine Corps. He went to Parris Island [Annotator's Note: Marine Corps...
Bill Toledo was sent to San Diego [Annotator's Note: San Diego, California] for boot camp. He was able to keep up with...
In 1940, David Heath graduated high school and went to work on a farm. Later that year, he joined the Marines [...
Mac Glenn Morris flew for the first time in the backseat of a Stearman [Annotator's Note: Boeing-Stearman Model 75...
Robert Addison joined the United States Marine Corps on 7 January 1942. He spent three weeks at Parris Island and then...
After boot camp, Robert Powers joined a rifle company at Camp Elliot, then volunteered for a Marine Raider unit. He...
Bernard Friedenberg had his basic training at Fort Hancock. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he was working with his...
Harold Buell attended Parsons College in Iowa [Annotator's Note: Fairfield, Iowa] on an athletic scholarship. He was an...
Ralph Weymouth graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1938. He was 12 years and old living in northwest Seattle in 1929...
Charles Moore was born in Washington, D.C. on 14 May 1919. Growing up with five siblings, Moore had a twin sister....
After about five weeks of pilot school and 20 solo hours [Annotator's Note: at the Allen Hancock College of Aeronautics...

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