Preparing for the invasion of Japan

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After ten weeks of flying the BT-13 [Annotator’s Note: Vultee BT-13 Valiant two seat trainer aircraft], Calvin Moret...
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...
[Annotator's Note: Orville Bethard served as an Electrician’s Mate aboard the USS St. Lo (CVE-63) which was sunk during...
To fill personnel losses resulting from accidents and combat, Richard Baile's crew was broken up. He was made the...
After a narrow escape from a deadly Japanese ambush, and a tragic friendly fire casualty that night, William Garbo and...
George Spera's first wound in combat was a small injury to his left hand in November [Annotator's Note: November 1944...
Once William Garbo returned to G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 112th Cavalry Regiment, he resumed command of his machine gun...
Gerard Halpern was serving with the XVth Corps when the war ended. He was stationed in the town of Chantilly right...
Sidney LaPook joined the 4th Auxiliary Surgical Group about a week before the war ended. He was hoping to be able to...
Benedict Bronder was shipped to Africa on an LCI, or Landing Craft Infantry, and then from Africa to the United States...
After combat on Tinian ended and the island was secured, Ira Schilling was sent to Hawaii. First, however, he reported...
Frederick Hollis saw the mood of the country after Kasserine Pass as being very negative. With many ships lost at Pearl...
Walter Jacobs thought that the Japanese were not normal people. They were fanatics. They were good at sneaking around...
Charles Womack saw many civilians on Okinawa. The civilians would bow as the Marines passed by them. Womack's unit [...
When Masaji Inoshita got to the ceremony [Annotator’s Note: a Japanese surrender ceremony in China] he found out that...
When Donald Beeghly’s unit [Annotator's Note: the 142nd Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion (mobile)] arrived in...
Lewis Guidry crossed the Rhine River near the Remagen Bridge [Annotator's Note: the Ludendorff Bridge in the city of...
Abe Milkis was deployed initially to Reading, England after leaving his training in the United States. It was quite an...
Robert Huber and the rest of his outfit [Annotator's Note: Company G, 3rd Battalion, 415th Infantry Regiment, 104th...
James Livaudais flew from England to Holland on 17 September 1944. Flying at about 500 feet at 150 miles per hour,...
That was the end of combat for Harold DeForest. After DeForest got out of the hospital he was supposed to go back to...
When Jack Houston was evacuated [Annotator's Note: from Okinawa] he was taken first to Saipan then to Guam. While they...
James Gulotta was training to hit Tokyo when the war ended. His unit was to land near Yokohama but the war ended before...
William Winter was at Fort McClellan for four months, after which they were assigned to Army units. In October 1944, he...
[Annotator's Note: Philip Schweitzer served in the Army as a combat medic in the 11th Airborne Division and took part...
After Germany surrendered, Lewis Guidry went into occupation duty. Guidry drove a jeep for a major. The major told...
[Annotator's Note: Walter Jacobs served in the Army as a squad leader in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 306th Infantry...
Norman Ikari’s days at Camp Ritchie were numbered. Ikari was sent to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He thought that was...
Ed Rendelman stayed in the Army after the war. After being wounded, he was sent to a hospital in Bristol, England. It...
After Okinawa, John Nicholas and the USS Gayety [Annotator's Note: USS Gayety (AM-239)] were sent to sweep for mines in...
Jack Barnes returned to the United States for 30 days after he left Europe following Germany's surrender. Following his...
Joseph Simpson felt like a liberator while in France and Belgium. People in Belgium today treat the American veterans...
When the war in Europe ended, Herbert Auerbach found out there was a point system set up to determine who went home and...
Norman Ikari went from the aid station to the 56th Evacuation Hospital. This was a forward tent hospital where they...

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