5:24 | Arnold Whittaker talks about a time he single-handedly captured over a dozen German soldiers, an action for which he received a Silver Star.
Arnold Whittaker remembers a particularly traumatic sight after landing at Omaha Beach a few months after D-Day in 1944.
Arnold Whittaker describes the dichotomy between anonymous replacements and bonded soldiers.
While fighting their way through Europe during World War II, Arnold Whittaker describes how the living conditions temporarily but drastically changed after taking the city of Metz, France, in 1944.
Arnold Whittaker recalls the biggest problem that his unit faced while liberating European cities during World War II.
After liberating Metz and being struck by a German counterattack, Arnold Whittaker recalls the massive numbers of replacement soldiers sent in to his company, and the dangers those inexperienced soldiers posed to their seasoned peers.
Arnold Whittaker describes the deadly winter conditions that G.I.s faced during the Battle of the Bulge and the toll those conditions took on their bodies.
Arnold Whittaker remembers the best Christmas present he ever received during the Battle of the Bulge.
Arnold Whittaker tells the story that ensued after finding a photo of a U.S. soldier in a small Luxembourg village while heading towards Germany in 1945.
Arnold Whittaker discusses how G.I.s each suffered from one of three "orientations" - food, drink or women - and how that played a role when his unit took over a chateau from German troops in 1945.
Arnold Whittaker discusses the hardship U.S. forces faced while crossing the Rhine river in March of 1945 under the command of General Patton.
Only a few days before the war with Germany was rumored to end, Arnold Whittaker recalls finding himself in the sights of a German Tiger tank.
Arnold Whittaker recollects the difficulty, both emotionally and physically, of dealing with fallen soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.
Arnold Whittaker describes the last words he often heard from dying soldiers.
The first operation for the 4th Division was the landing on Roi-Namur. Lawrence Snowden remembers that, though it was an easy victory, valuable combat experience and important lessons were imparted on the Marines.
After a nerve-wracking mission to bomb Tokyo and a typhoon, B.E. Vaughn and the destroyer O'Brien suffered a second kamikaze attack which killed all three of his hometown pals who served with him on board. Then, began the grim task of collecting the personal belongings of the dead and preparing them for burial at sea.
While aboard the USS New Jersey during World War II, Ed Bean remarks about how each naval ship had a camera crew tasked with documenting battles and other important events. One of the cameramen was Eddie Albert, who would later star in the television show Green Acres.
While anchored in Ulithi Atoll, Ed Bean remembers his ship being hit by an unexploded shell. The shell penetrated the main deck and went several decks down, narrowly missing one Sailor and striking one of Bean's friends, Robert Clowers, who survived the encounter. Bean recalls catching up with Clowers later in life.
While stationed on Bougainville Island, Bill Jackson remembers a night when 72 Japanese troops attempted to infiltrate his camp. He grabbed the first thing he could, his bayonet, and chased after one Japanese soldier. He also describes how some U.S. service members would act as natives on the island to gather information against the Japanese.
Bill Jackson remembers a flight from Bougainville Island to the Philippines where his unarmed Douglas C-47 transport aircraft became a "sitting duck" for a Japanese fighter. Through a clever flight maneuver, however, the transport aircraft managed to escape.
When the harbor at Leyte was loaded with ships, Japanese kamikaze pilots started flying in. The enemy pilots were near impossible to hit, so there was no way to stop them. Levin even witnessed an Australian transport ship fall victim to the kamikazes.
After witnessing the Pearl Harbor attack, Bill Braddock volunteered for the Marine paratroopers and spent time untangling himself from the Wait-A-Minute vines of Bougainville. But he soon found himself back in San Diego, training for a new assault force and handling a new machine gun.
Besides making supply runs to nearby islands, Bill Jackson describes how his unit was involved in gaining intelligence while stationed on Bougainville Island, specifically regarding the invasion of the Philippines.
After 3-4 months on the Admiralty Islands, Levin and a massive convoy of ships bombarded the beaches of Leyte. The sky was ablaze with explosions, and Levin and his men did their best to secure the beaches and bring in the LST’s and LCI’s.
Bill Jackson recalls how they were helped by locals while stationed on the island of Bougainville, including a plantation owner who would call in Japanese-related intelligence on his radio, and other locals who would keep U.S. troops fed in between supply deliveries.
The night before leaving for the bombardment of Tarakan, Levin’s beach master Danny Meyers had a bit too much to drink. Meyers came into the barracks claiming that their troop had invaded Halmahera. Levin thought nothing of it and told Meyers to go to bed. The next morning, Meyers had a meeting with the Commanding Officer of the beach.
Barry Malac, a Czech living in Vienna, came of age just as his country was "sold down the river" by its French and English allies. His schooling became almost non-existent, but he and a friend did manage to make a little musical mischief with the German national anthem.
Don Worrell remarks about how, during World War II, his men were under threat from V-1 buzz bombs created by the German engineer Wernher von Braun. After the war, incidentally, both Worrell and von Braun worked for NASA, where Worrell ended up writing speeches for the engineer.
Three weeks after D-Day, Lee Clardy recalls his ship being ordered to aid in the assault of Cherbourg, France. The USS Arkansas fired artillery rounds from the sea as troops on the land, many of whom had landed at Normandy, approached German forces from behind.