7:37 | Herb Suerth remembers the time he was injured in battle and the time he spent in the hospital.
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Herb Suerth tells of his early life and upbringing in thinking of joining the military. While stationed in New York City, they had a lot of thrills while living in a hotel downtown.
While training for the 101st Airborne Division, Suerth and his company took many test jumps, with varying levels of success. He describes what drew soldiers to Airborne and the trials they all went through to have such a designation.
Herb Suerth tells of some members of his company and one particular encounter with General Patton that he will never forget.
Herb Suerth remembers a memorable moment he had burying a German soldier and the events that transpired after that.
Herb Suerth remembers the time he was seriously wounded in battle and the toll it had on his family.
Herb Suerth remembers a leave he took with some members of his company to Cuba and a particularly close encounter they had while spending time there.
Air Corps Cadet Stan Hodsdon signed up for flight training but before it was completed, manpower needs in the European Theater caused the entire class of pilots to switch to other crew positions and ship out.
His father thought you had to be a battleship man to really be in the Navy. Red Onines had always dreamed of serving on a large ship like his father did but the Navy had other ideas. With an eye on upcoming amphibious operations, they formed Naval Beach Battalions to facilitate moving large forces ashore during amphibious invasions.
After crossing the Rhine River, John Buchanan recalls a "nasty" firefight his platoon got into while trying to take over a pair of gun emplacements near Duisberg, Germany, where they, including Bill Friendshuh, nearly became cornered by German troops.
Lawrence Snowden was told that the campaign for Iwo Jima would take maybe 5 days. Instead it was 36 long, bloody days and when the flag was raised, no one in his unit stood up and cheered. That Marine would have been a dead Marine.