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Lauren Swinney picked up words during the war like ersatz which meant a substitute for something. She recalls the pin-...
Herbert W. Ridyard was let off a truck near Nennig [Annotator's Note: Nennig, Germany] and then advanced toward their...
[Annotator's Note: James Kemp McLaughlin flew 39 missions during two combat tours in Europe in Boeing B-17 Flying...
During the 13 months that Richard McEwen was in combat, he described the Japanese activity where he was as a "backup...
When Oran Harris' ship pulled into port in New Guinea, he walked ashore just to say he had been there. But he saw no...
Thomas Francis Schicker heard that they changed course four different times [Annotator's Note: aboard the USS General...
Nolan Albarado was in the Army but was cooking for the Navy in Hawaii. He returned home to the United States in 1943...
Claud Neal Fristoe, Jr. and his crew mates used skip bombing [Annotator's Note: a low level bombing technique that...
Byron Othello Wilkins, who goes by B.O. Wilkins, was named after his father. He grew up in northeast Arkansas in Luxora...
The drill instructor Steve McMurray had for basic training was a small, compact, mean man from Mississippi who was "as...
Herbert W. Ridyard was called up for service on his birthday, 6 July [Annotator's Note: 6 July 1943]. He had previously...
Howard Genrich was assigned to guard the Combat Command Headquarters because they had suffered casualties in their...
Thomas Edward Pugh was sent to the Marine Recruit Depot for boot camp in San Diego, California. He was woken up early...
Harry McCauley joined the Navy and was sent to San Diego, California for his basic training. It was tough but easier...
Timothy Mahoney wanted to join the Navy because a friend of his was in the Navy. His father told him to wait until he...
Robert Cahoon was drafted into the Army on his 21st birthday. When he reported to Camp Shelby [Annotator's Note: near...
In the meantime, Joseph Arbour saw a wanted ad for someone to work with a mimeograph, so he applied for the position....
Louis Conter enjoyed knowing both Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. He enjoyed Bob Hope the most as he was the serviceman's...
Frank Pomroy estimates that the Japanese battleship bombardment [Annotator's Note: on the Marine positions on...
Cyril Buchert found that the typical targets were hangers and airfields with their airplanes. [Annotator's Note:...
Edward Chinnis enlisted in the Navy on 11 November [Annotator's Note: 11 November 1942] in Raleigh, North Carolina then...
Richard Yavenue was with the 2nd Marine Division on Saipan [Annotator's Note: in the Northern Mariana Islands]. After...
Only one time did Frederick Amore come into a truly dangerous situation. He was not supposed to be in a "combat area,"...
Donald W. Bertino arrived on Utah Beach [Annotator's Note: Utah Beach was one of the two American landing beaches in...
[Annotator's Note: George Colburn had his first combat kill in a cave on Iwo Jima, Japan in February 1945.] There was a...
When Francis Resta’s platoon [Annotator's Note: Resta served in the weapons platoon of Company B, 1st Battalion, 407th...
Lorraine Mesken said people were eager to participate in victory gardens and bond drives. They felt it was their duty....
Lillian Drucker did not have any Gold Star mothers [Annotator's Note: women entitled to display a gold star on a...
When it was time to go back to the United States, Francis Resta was sent to a tent city at LeHavre, France to wait for...
June Catherine Elliott Haggerty was born in New Orleans [Annotator's Note: New Orleans, Louisiana]. She grew up in Pass...
Mildred Loscalzo Vanderpool was born in July 1920 in Queens County, New York. She went to Connecticut College [...
Stanley Stewart was born in July 1924 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He lived in that model small town, where his father...
Joe Pigott was born in 1925 in Cybur, Pearl River County, Mississippi and grew up during the Great Depression. He said...
While in Idaho, H. Lloyd Wilkerson completed his bachelor's degree through Idaho State University. At a Sunday...
Homer Johnson remembered that during his two years of service, his mother's hair turned from black to white. People...
At the end of the war, Philip Schmidt and his unit [Annotator's Note: Headquarters Company, 8th Armored Division] could...

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