Preparing for the invasion of Japan

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Archibald Higgins was in the Palau Islands with the mission of keeping those islands neutralized and flying missions to...
Raymond Cauble stayed in Italy until after Japan surrendered [Annotator's Note: Victory Over Japan Day, 15 August 1945...
William Burrus and his outfit [Annotator's Note: Company C, 1st Battalion, 347th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry...
After ten weeks of flying the BT-13 [Annotator’s Note: Vultee BT-13 Valiant two seat trainer aircraft], Calvin Moret...
[Annotator's Note: Robert J. Ferris was pilot in Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 232 (VMTB-232) and took part in combat...
Charles Womack and every other Marine on the island were fully aware that they were headed for Japan after the fighting...
When Dale LeBlanc heard the news that the battle [Annotator's Note: Battle of Okinawa] was over he was relieved. One...
For Allen Tillery, returning to civilian life was not much of an adjustment because it happened so fast. He thought for...
Jack A. Gillis was a member of the Army Air Defense observation teams on Hawaii. He was a PFC [Annotator's Note:...
Delbert Wombacher was at Camp Campbell, Kentucky [Annotator's Note: now Fort Campbell, Kentucky] doing some military...
Robert Leroy Shirkey and his unit [Annotator's Note: Company E, 2nd Battalion, 158th Regimental Combat Team] began...
On 5 January 1945, Carl Beck and his unit [Annotator's Note: Company H, 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry...
In November 1944, Anna McCalla Noren received orders to report to the 304th General Hospital at Fort Knox, Kentucky....
James "Jim" Geisler was born and raised in Pittsburgh [Annotator's Note: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]. He was 18 years old...
Harvey Segal knew nothing of the concentration camps before he entered Germany. When he and his battalion [Annotator's...
[Annotator's Note: Orville Bethard served as an Electrician’s Mate aboard the USS St. Lo (CVE-63) which was sunk during...
Jack Weiss got off his ship [Annotator's Note: USS Columbia (CL-56)] and went on the South Dakota [Annotator's Note:...
Thomas Kolesa was told to clean up his area and get everything ship shape. General MacArthur [Annotator's Note: General...
Martin Brignac was building an airfield on New Guinea. The work was mostly just leveling the land. On Ie-Shima, Japan,...
[Annotator's Note: Marvin Tyson served in the Navy aboard the USS LSM-270, the lead landing ship, for the invasion of...
Robert Prince was in San Fernando Sur, north of Manila [Annotator’s Note: Manila, Luzon, Philippines], close to Clark...
[Annotator's Note: John Stiles was stationed on Okinawa, Japan with Marine Fighting Squadron 312 (VMF-312) when the...
While Norris Bucksell was in Naples, Italy, the churches that had not been bombed stayed open and he was able to attend...
Richard Klenoski was at a rest home [Annotator's Note: a flak house; a designated rest home for American airmen who...
Daniel Samuelson finished his 35 missions. He had flown over from Florida to Scotland and then went to England. After...
Walter Atwood worked for Boeing [Annotator's Note: The Boeing Company] for a couple of years and got deferments [...
On 1 April 1945, James Stewart Rosenbaum, and his unit [Annotator's Note: Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th...
Every morning, Carl Light and his unit [Annotator's Note: Company C, 61st Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored...
When Charles Slay joined the military he was assigned to Cannon Company [Annotator's Note: Cannon Company, 415th...
Erico J. Catalano witnessed several plane crashes in mid-air or as they tried to land. There were close calls where the...
Major Cohn joined the Navy and originally thought of becoming a submariner. He mistakenly thought it would be romantic...
When Claude Taylor turned 18, he enlisted in the Navy. His father had been in the Army in France in World War 1. The...
John Rogers was fighting on Christmas Day [Annotator's Note: 25 December 1944] during the Battle of the Bulge. They...
Baptiste Puissegur was a staff car driver during the war. He liked the officers he served with. He enjoyed the duty...
Lowell Hughes got new uniforms when he returned to Fort Devens [Annotator's Note: Ayer and Shirley, Massachusetts]. He...
To fill personnel losses resulting from accidents and combat, Richard Baile's crew was broken up. He was made the...

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