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Albert Reale thought the Japanese were miserable people, and seeing the surviving soldiers from Okinawa reinforced his...
Trinidad Ledesma was sent to Yokohama, Japan [Annotator's Note: on occupation duty after World War 2]. The streets were...
Merlin Smith made his way to Okinawa for the real McCoy [Annotator's Note: he was aboard the assault transport ship USS...
Norman Mineta visited relatives while he was stationed in Japan [Annotator's Note: during the Korean War]. The...
Joseph Orlando reads of our servicemen committing suicide and he does not understand it. He knew men who were bitter...
After the war and separation from the US Army Air Forces, David Oreck did not return to college and decided to go New...
In August 1946, Gerald Abbenhaus separated from the U.S. Army at Fort Sheridan, Illinois as a first lieutenant. He...
William Braddock was aboard ship following his time at the front on Iwo Jima when he heard that President Roosevelt [...
Joseph Daquarna learned about the USS Missouri (BB-63) going to Tokyo Bay for the surrender ceremony following the end...
Ray Felts' reassignment brought him to Tsingtao on the Shantung Peninsula, famous for its brewery. Felts had lost his...
After the Battle of the Bulge [Annotator's Note: Battle of the Bulge or Ardennes Counteroffensive, 16 December 1944 to...
Robert Fulton's low points in captivity included Red Cross packages not distributed to the POWs [Annotator's Note:...
Lloyd Reese was the bombardier on a Consolidated B-24 Liberator that was shot down over Ploiești, Romania. He says...
Once home, Norman Bussel had trouble adjusting. Any sort of noise would set him off. A man slammed the trunk of a taxi...
Melvin Dahlberg's first time abroad was in Italy which was very rundown. The local people were begging for food. He...
In basic training, Norris Bucksell had a new lieutenant who would not give him a paycheck because his mustache needed...
Edward "Babe" Heffron felt good about being in the airborne with the best unit he could have joined [Annotator's Note:...
Lowell Brueland escorted a 51 [Annotator’s Note: Brueland escorted a North American P-51 Mustang which had been...
Perry Strait found the local population in England to be nice. He even was entertained in some of their homes. By...
Norman Bussel was awaiting discharge and went to physical rehabilitation in Miami, Florida. He was then sent to...
Rena Greenup remembers that while living with her foster family in Moudros, she could tell that they were sympathizers...
David Oreck guesses he was on between five and ten missions as a navigator on a B-29 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-29...
A friend of Guy Stern's had some family in the north of Germany. A month or so after V-E Day [Annotator's Note: Victory...
Benjamin Schleider and the 6th Armored Division took Mühlhausen, Germany with serious, but spotty, resistance. There...
Isaac Edward and the 92nd Infantry Division proved that black soldiers could fight as well as anybody else. In Florida...
Norman Bussel arrived in Memphis, Tennessee and took a taxi to his house. All of his family was there for a big reunion...
Guy Stern and his fellow intelligence staff were assigned the dismissing of prisoners that seemed to be harmless and...
Chester Strunk traveled by foot and rail to reach the Stalag at Moosburg [Annotator's Note: Stalag VII-A was near...
After World War 2 ended, Gail Halvorsen remained in the US Air Force. He had flown in the Berlin Airlift [Annotator's...
Gerald Abbenhaus says that the temperature and the mud were hard to fight as the Germans. In January 1945 they drove...
Walter Ram and the other POWs [Annotator's Note: prisoner of war] who could walk were marched out of Stalag XVII as the...
Henry Muller was the G-2 [Annotator’s Note: Military designation; G means general staff position; -2 stands for...
2 September 1945 was the official surrender on the USS Missouri. Muller had gone over to watch the Japanese go aboard...
The USS Denver (CL-58) was at Okinawa, Japan at the end of the war to protect the hospital ships. Thomas Tizzard...
Norris Bucksell fired a gun for the first time on 8 May 1945, V-E Day [Annotator's Note: Victory in Europe Day], and...
George Will was born in 1941 in Illinois. He has one memory of the war years. He was four years and three months old...

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