Preparing for the invasion of Japan

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[Annotator's Note: Henry Armstrong served in the Army on a forward observer team in Battery B, 607th Field Artillery...
James Livaudais flew from England to Holland on 17 September 1944. Flying at about 500 feet at 150 miles per hour,...
Louis Liberato came home to Norfolk, Virginia on the USNS General Simon B. Buckner. He stayed a couple of days there...
That was the end of combat for Harold DeForest. After DeForest got out of the hospital he was supposed to go back to...
[Annotator's Note: Vernon Squire was wounded in a tank battle near Jülich, Germany on 25 February 1945.] His hands were...
William Pierce looked at the invasion of Japan as just another battle. His Marine regiment [Annotator's Note: Pierce...
When Jack Houston was evacuated [Annotator's Note: from Okinawa] he was taken first to Saipan then to Guam. While they...
Joseph Richard stayed assigned to the USS Rigel (AR-11) throughout the war until the invasion of Okinawa. He then...
Ervin Lloyd Rasmussen was in Manila [Annotator's Note: Manila, Luzon, Philippines aboard the USS Butte (APA-68)]...
[Annotator's Note: Vernon Brantley and the 289th Infantry Regiment, 75th Infantry Division were in Germany when the war...
Waldeman Czaban's first experience bringing in casualties was disturbing. He thought about how young the wounded...
James H. "Jim" Pritchard was sent to Saipan [Annotator's Note: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands] after it had been...
[Annotator's Note: Don Daniels was part of a Marine machine gun crew during the Battle of Iwo Jima, Japan.] He says...
[Annotator's Note: Monroe Scherer survived Typhoon Louise on Okinawa, Japan on 9 October 1945.] Some groups rebuilt the...
James Gulotta was training to hit Tokyo when the war ended. His unit was to land near Yokohama but the war ended before...
Grant Jiro Hirabayashi recalled preparing to go to Japan for an invasion, but he also knew from interrogating many...
Rollins Rosenzweig continued to fly missions over Okinawa after the attack on the Japanese battleship Yamato. Missions...
Normand F. Gallichant was preparing to hit the beaches of Japan just before the war ended. Defenses in Japan would have...
Ray League and his unit [Annotator's Note: Company C, 1st Battalion, 261st Infantry Regiment, 65th Infantry Division]...
George Ingram left port on the USS Mobjack (AGP-7) in a bad storm, and lost 15 pounds between Seattle and San Francisco...
Keith Kiefer was born in January 1957 in Longview, Texas. In school, he did not get taught about World War 2 until...
Don Daniels became friends with men he served with. He only stayed in touch with three or four by exchanging Christmas...
Steve McMurray related that by the time an attacking unit reached its objective on the heights of Iwo Jima, its force...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer asks Carolyn Bridgforth what the letters exchanged with her husband while he was at...
Forrest Villarrubia and the Marines on his ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Monitor (LSV-5)] were loaned to General...
Mahlen Arledge left Peleliu after the battle for the island was won. His company [Annotator's Note: Company K, 3rd...
Charles Slay was in Köln [Annotator's Note: Cologne, Germany] and thought it was very beautiful. His unit [Annotator's...
For Charles Balaza, flights of American planes over the prison camp foretold the oncoming victory. The end was near....
[Annotator's Note: Throughout this clip, a woman off camera interjects with comments.] James Ramsey Golden recalled...
Carroll Knutson and his fellow POWs [Annotator's Note: prisoners of war] were liberated by Patton [Annotator's Note: US...
Donald Dean had been impressed when he first saw the brand new ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Balduck (APD-132)]. The...
[Annotator's Note: Norman Kinsey worked with military intelligence units in World War 2.] He never processed anything...
John Moran was home on leave when Japan surrendered [Annotator's Note: on 15 August 1945]. He had left Europe around 1...
David T. Morgenthaler was transferred to the Headquarters and Service Company [Annotator's Note: Headquarters and...
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...

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