Reaction to Pearl Harbor

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Ben Steele knew things were getting tense when he was sent overseas. When he got to Hawaii, he received orders to go to...
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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...
Benjamin Carson was born in February 1923 on a farm in Ottawa Township, Minnesota. Shortly afterward, his family moved...
Louis R. Lepore joined the Marine Corps in September 1942 and retired in May 1971 after 29 years of service. Lepore...
In 1940, David Heath graduated high school and went to work on a farm. Later that year, he joined the Marines [...
Robert Addison joined the United States Marine Corps on 7 January 1942. He spent three weeks at Parris Island and then...
Bernard Friedenberg had his basic training at Fort Hancock. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he was working with his...
Roger Shaw was born in New Orleans in 1921. He grew up and was educated in New Orleans. After graduating high school,...
Harold Zeringer and several of his friends decided to enlist in the United States Navy on 9 December 1941, just a few...
Charles Littig was selected for PT school following his graduation in December 1942 as a Navy midshipman at...
From the time Robert Doolan was ten or 12 years old, he wanted to fly. He was in high school and you had to have some...
Charles Moore was born in Washington, D.C. on 14 May 1919. Growing up with five siblings, Moore had a twin sister....
Hewitt Brian Gomez was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in January 1925. He recalled that he was playing football at a...
Mary Leisey was born in Honey Brooke, Pennsylvania. It was a small town of nearly 1,000 people. She enjoyed growing up...
Revis Dale Haslett was born in July 1922 in Brownstown, Illinois. He lived in Illinois until after he graduated high...
Archibald "Archie" T. Higgins was born in New Orleans in January 1924. He is a lifelong resident of the New Orleans...
John A. McCarthy was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His family moved to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. He was...
Dale Peterson volunteered for the Navy and was sent for training at the Farragut Naval Training Center in Idaho. He...
Joseph Brannan was sent on a train to San Diego, California for boot camp after he enlisted in the United States Navy....
Marvin Westcott chose the Navy because San Francisco was a Navy town. Additionally, his father had taken his boys to...
Harold Joslin joined the Navy around 1939. He liked the idea of going to sea. He also really wanted to get off the farm...
George Joseph Bertucci went to San Diego, California for basic training. After three weeks, he went aboard the USS...
Michael Mickey Ganitch enlisted in the Navy, scored well on tests, and was sent to San Diego for boot camp. He...
John H. Price, Jr. was with the 609th Tank Destroyer Battalion throughout World War 2. He started at Camp Shelby then...
Cleston Stell was born in Alvarado, Texas in 1926. The family moved to Fort Worth when he was young. During the 1930s,...
Elmo Espree was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in September 1921. His family moved to Los Angeles, California in 1923...
Bruno Viani was in the 102nd Medical Regiment, Company B, 27th Infantry Division prior to the start of the war. As part...
Harold Lightell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1923. Growing up was wonderful in New Orleans. He loved the...
Stanley Wolczyk was born in Cleveland, Ohio in December 1917. His father and mother were both Polish immigrants. They...
Charles Coolidge was born in August 1921 on Signal Mountain, Tennessee where his family spent the summer months. The...
Floyd Dumas' father worked for the New York Central Railroad in Malone, New York as a boilermaker. Dumas had three...
Before he could finish his schooling, Philip Schmidt was drafted into the Army. He knew several people that had been...
Mitchell Zimmer liked the idea of sailing on a smaller boat like a submarine. He was trained in New London, Connecticut...
Walter Ram went through basic training for the Army. He was discharged after a year in the Army. When the Japanese...

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