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William Leo Spaetgens enlisted in the United States Navy [Annotator's Note: on 22 October 1942]. His parents did not...
Ralph Hopkins wanted to join the Navy at 17 years of age, but his father refused. Hopkins could have gotten a job...
George Joseph Bertucci went to San Diego, California for basic training. After three weeks, he went aboard the USS...
Merlin Smith chose to join the Navy because he wanted to avoid the difficult life of an infantryman. He also liked the...
Baptiste Puissegur saw a man at Camp Beauregard that he knew from home [Annotator's Note: Puissegur had grown up on a...
Robert Huber read Mein Kampf in high school. It was his first introduction to Hitler [Annotator's Note: German Dictator...
John Poole was born in Mercy, Texas in 1923. The Great Depression represented hard times for Poole. His father had a...
Michael Linquata went to Boston after graduation [Annotator's Note: he graduated from high school in January 1944]. He...
Abe Milkis was called up soon after finishing high school. After being drafted, he found himself on bivouac in a tent...
George Rudloff enlisted in December 1942 in the Enlisted Reserve Corps as a college student. In April 1943, a group of...
Frank Fontana took his basic training in Camp Barkeley in Texas. It was miserable, desolate country. The training...
After he was inducted into the Army, Joseph Simpson first went to Camp Wolters in Mineral Well, Texas for about three...
Russell Hoff was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in October 1924. After a year, the family moved to Willow Grove,...
George Linker was offered service in multiple branches of the military when he signed up for duty. He said he wanted to...
Wayne Pierce grew up in the small farming community of Polo, Illinois. He was drafted in June 1941 six months before...
Henry Feldman went to Fort Custer [Annotator's Note: near Battle Creek, Michigan] for indoctrination. He did his basic...
Harold Berkman had 16 weeks of basic training as a member of Company B, 36th Infantry Training Battalion [Annotator's...
William B. Hughes knew he wanted to be a soldier when he first saw his brother in uniform. He eventually joined the...
Jack Carver began his basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama. An accelerated training went on there to teach...
William McCool never thought he would be in the war although his uncles served in the military. He had been trained for...
Walter Ram went through basic training for the Army. He was discharged after a year in the Army. When the Japanese...
After he enlisted, Carroll Knutson was evaluated and selected for training as a pilot. His training began at Maxwell...
Dabney Montgomery was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps and sent to Kessler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi...
Glen Jostad had an abbreviated basic training before beginning radio training at Scott Field [Annotator's Note: near...
Francis Dymnicki attempted to become a pilot in the Air Force. Half of his friends wanted to do the same. Dymnicki was...
Frank Bostwick joined the ROTC [Annotator's Note: Reserve Officer Training Corps] for three years while he was in high...
Marigold McNeely and her sister Jennifer had been invited by an American officer named Captain Richardson [Annotator's...
David Olson attended field artillery school at Fort Sill right after his graduation from college [Annotator’s Note: in...
Bruno Viani was asked by his company commander if he would consider applying for OCS [Annotator's Note: Office...
Mary Edwards began working for the Army at Higgins Industries when she was 16 years old. She had finished high school...
Catherine Long had boot training in the Navy. Her parents had no objection to her joining the service. Her father was...
John Angier had trained in the Boeing B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] Pathfinder,...
Joseph Yourkavitch was captured on 16 December [Annotator's Note: 16 December 1944]. It had started out as a normal day...
Robert Fulton had been brought to Japan to be interrogated by the Japanese Navy general staff in a camp called Ōfuna....
[Annotator's Note: Robert Rosendahl served in the USAAF as an aircraft mechanic with the 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th...
While he was a prisoner, Dominic Martello was leaning over getting a head of cabbage when a German soldier came along,...

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