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Lauren Swinney picked up words during the war like ersatz which meant a substitute for something. She recalls the pin-...
[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...
Nolan Albarado was in the Army but was cooking for the Navy in Hawaii. He returned home to the United States in 1943...
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...
Howard Genrich was assigned to guard the Combat Command Headquarters because they had suffered casualties in their...
Harry McCauley joined the Navy and was sent to San Diego, California for his basic training. It was tough but easier...
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...
[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....
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...
Stanley Stewart was born in July 1924 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He lived in that model small town, where his father...
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...
After Operation Market Garden flights, Robert Harris continued flying transport and supply missions. He at times grew...
At Northwestern University, Lauren Swinney's speech fraternity, Zeta Phi Eta, was sent to Glenview Naval Air Station....
Richard Audler's unit [Annotator's Notes: Carrier Aircraft Service Unit (Forward) 13 or CASU(F)-13] was stationed on...
Walter Bowsher was at Pusan and then Inchon during the Korean War. He was told to report to a warrant officer for duty...
In Sidney LaPook's next bivouac, German pilots, called Bed Check Charlie by the GIs, buzzed them late at night and...
David Yoho had his first voyage on a tanker shakedown trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia. After the shakedown, the ship went...
Jack Rolfson remembered there was a time when his squadron [Annotator's Note: 427th Bombardment Squadron, 303rd...
Heavyweight champion Joe Louis [Annotator's Note: Joseph Louis Barrow, professional boxer] joined the Army. Samson...
Jack Brukman realized that there was nothing to do when he was off duty [Annotator's Note: while serving as a ground...
Constance Negrotto and her friend Dorothy Toups worked at a hospital after her shift at the PBY plant [Annotator’s Note...
Kauffman gave George Morgan a 60 day leave upon their return home. [Annotator’s Note: Commander Draper L. Kauffman,...
Benjamin Carson had never heard of Iwo Jima before he was told that the Marines would be invading that part of Japan....
Claude Shannahan joined the Raiders because he wasn't tall enough to be a paratrooper and because he liked the name. He...

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