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Francis Anderson recounts the patrol in Italy during which he earned a Bronze Star - WWII
Francis Anderson, 1st Armored Division / 4:30

Joe Peoples, Dave Williams and Andy Carpenter share their stories of crossing the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, the last standing span over the Rhine, in March of 1945. - WWII
Joe Peoples, 9th Armored Division / 10:58

Richard Eaton takes part in the confusing and dangerous Airborne drop over Southern France, just days after the landings at Normandy. - WWII
Richard Eaton, 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team / 3:05

William Bates joins an amphibious truck unit and after training, participates in the Battle of Anzio. - WWII
William Bates, DUKW Crew Member / 2:55

Neill "Jack" Cox tells of his machine gun squad's violent encounter with a large SS unit in the French wilderness. - WWII
Neill "Jack" Cox, 36th Infantry Division / 9:09

Carl Beck recalls a personally terrifying moment while surrounded in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Carl Beck, 101st Airborne Division / 2:51

Arthur Crowe remembers the 9th Infantry taking part in the breakthrough at Saint Lo in Northern France by Patton's Third Army. - WWII
Arthur Crowe, 9th Infantry Division Artillery / 4:02

Arthur Crowe recalls the 9th Infantry taking part in the taking of the bridge at Remagen, the last standing bridge over the Rhine. - WWII
Arthur Crowe, 9th Infantry Division Artillery / 4:13

Reed Williams goes through the events of the afternoon before taking off from England for the Airborne drops over Normandy the night before D-Day. - WWII
Reed Williams, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Pathfinders) / 9:31

Reed Williams and the rest of the 502nd PIR Pathfinders drop into Normandy in the early hours of June 4 as part of Mission Albany, the Airborne assault of Operation Overlord. - WWII
Reed Williams, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Pathfinders) / 11:24

Reed Williams recalls the drop of the 502nd PIR Pathfinders into a field Northwest of Eindhoven, The Netherlands during the opening landings of Operation Market Garden. - WWII
Reed Williams, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Pathfinders) / 8:14

In the marshes of Peleliu, Frank Pomroy has a face to face encounter with a Japanese soldier where neither man comes out unscathed. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines / 1:38

Frank Pomroy recalls having to leave his commanding officer behind, to hold a position by himself, as Frank tries to escape with a badly wounded leg. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines / 5:30

On Peleliu, Frank Pomroy gets into combat with Japanese troops in the dead of night in the Battle of Coffin Corner. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines / 3:41

Frank Pomroy recalls the landing at Peleliu from the prep to the landing on the sandy beaches where Frank and a fellow Marine tried desperately to stay alive. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines / 5:48

Nicholas Pizzolato remembers how his medic duties afforded him the luxury of never having to dig foxholes, but not from having to hide in them. - WWII
Nicholas Pizzolato, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division / 01:08

While taking cover from enemy fire at Guadalcanal, Elmer Foytan remembers an unfortunate mistake one Marine made. - WWII
Elmer Foytan, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division / :41

Robert L. Harris describes what was going through his mind when he first faced combat as a replacement during World War II. - WWII
Robert L. Harris, B Company, 310th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 78th Infantry Division / :51

Robert L. Harris comments on American troops occasionally shooting German prisoners, and one instance where German troops showed compassion for wounded U.S. troops. - WWII
Robert L. Harris, B Company, 310th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 78th Infantry Division / 01:23

Ed Callahan talks about the various means troops used to deal with Japanese caves in the Pacific. - WWII
Ed Callahan, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment / :58

Ed Callahan describes the eerie feeling that accompanied preparing for bayonette warfare. - WWII
Ed Callahan, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment / :54

Nollie Carpenter, a radio operator, describes taking heavy maching-gun fire from Japanese troops while in the Philippines. - WWII
Nollie Carpenter, 1st Cavalry Division / 02:43

Ben Magzamin describes the "banzai" attacks his company would receive from Japanese troops in the Pacific. - WWII
Ben Magzamin, 3rd Battalion, 63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division / :51

Ben Magzamin shares his memories of what infantry life was like in the Philippines during World War II. - WWII
Ben Magzamin, 3rd Battalion, 63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division / :54

Vincent Vivardo talks about having to be prepared to kill at any moment in the Pacific. - WWII
Vincent Vivardo, 1st Marine Division / 01:05

Jim Sheehan describes what it was like to be a combat infantryman in Europe during World War II. - WWII
Jim Sheehan, 14th Armored Combat Infantry Division / :33

Larry Gardner talks about the inferiority of American weapons to German weapons, and how the skills of some U.S. troops weren't utilized in the best way by the Army. - WWII
Larry Gardner, 44th Division, 71st Regiment, Company B / 01:25

Jack Jones recalls a tense situation caused by an inexperienced fellow soldier with a hand grenade. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Jack Jones, U.S. Army / 02:00

Eason Bond recalls his first combat experience when his company met with German resistance near a small French town in 1944. - WWII
Eason Bond, Jr., C Company, 1st Battalion, 141st Regiment, 36th Infantry Division / 02:21

Eason Bond describes what it is like to dig and lie in a foxhole during combat. - WWII
Eason Bond, Jr., C Company, 1st Battalion, 141st Regiment, 36th Infantry Division / :21

Izell Clemons describes the Japanese strategy for attack and how his unit turned their own strategy against them on Guadalcanal. - WWII
Izell Clemons, U.S. Marine Corps, Regimental Weapons, 1st Marine Div., 5th Marine Reg. / 01:08

Roy Beck describes how some surrendering Japanese soldiers became a dangerous threat. - WWII
Roy Beck, 26th Regiment, 31st Replacement Battalion, 5th Marines / :30

Rufus Dalton tells the story behind the ironic position a German sniper took while trying to stay hidden from Allied troops. - WWII
Rufus Dalton, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 397th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division / 01:00

While in between frontline combat on the island of Okinawa, Roland Glenn remembers taking on a small companion. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 02:03

Demester Dunaway shares why he wanted to be a Marine and details his basic training experiences before heading to war. - WWII
Demester Dunaway, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division / 03:19

Ben DeLuca compares the close quarters combat on Saipan to the open area fighting on Iwo Jima. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Ben DeLuca, U.S. Marine Corps / 01:50

James Arsenault describes how he became an infantry scout. - WWII
James Arsenault, Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / :40

Bob Schmutzler shares a lesson troops quickly learned regarding hand grenades in the Pacific islands. - WWII
Bob Schmutzler, Battery F, 251st Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) / :54

Sam Holliday discusses the training, discipline and education of the North Korean troops and insurgents. - Korea
Sam Holliday, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division / 01:44

Sam Holliday describes the type of combat he faced during the Korean War. - Korea
Sam Holliday, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division / 02:30

Sam Holliday discusses his run in with disorganized and rowdy Turkish troops during the Korean War. - Korea
Sam Holliday, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division / 02:07

Ed Pepping, a combat medic, describes what it was like to be under enemy fire. - WWII
Ed Pepping, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, E Company / :45

Newton Riess describes a moment when he laid in his foxhole and watched U.S. bombers flying over. - WWII
Newton Riess, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division / :50

After taking shrapnel to his chest, Newton Riess recalls an unbelievable event he witnessed at his Red Cross hospital in Italy. - WWII
Newton Riess, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division / 01:04

Lou Zoghby, having fought through the Battle of the Bulge, shares an anecdote about "how scared they were" during combat. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 1:39

After taking shelter in a barn during the Battle of the Bulge, Lou Zoghby recalls how a soldier discretely dealt with a noisy cow. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 1:48

In this chilling account, Edd Claunch describes how he felt about killing the Germans and a deadly incident among his fellow soldiers. - WWII
Edd Claunch, 70th Infantry Division / 2:42

The American soldiers tried to use code words to identify each other. In this chilling account, Edd Claunch describes the deadly tricks the Germans played on them. - WWII
Edd Claunch, 70th Infantry Division / 2:24

Bill Savich shares his experience of defending the Delatombre Ridge against the crack troops of the Hermann Goering Division in Northern Italy - WWII
Bill Savich, 88th Infantry / 8:33

Francis Anderson tells of how he was wounded in Italy - WWII
Francis Anderson, 1st Armored Division / 2:30

Dale Barker tells of what he witnessed while clearing caves of Japanese on Okinawa - WWII
Dale Barker, 1st Armored Amphibian Battalion / :43

Weldon Storey remembers the death of his Brooklyn friend in Italy - WWII
Weldon Storey, 10th Mountain Division / 1:02

Ed Callahan remembers an incident with a bouncing grenade on an island in the Pacific. - WWII
Ed Callahan, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment / 1:00

Arch de Castrique recounts the tactics of Japanese soldiers in the Pacific - WWII
Arch de Castrique, 4th Marine Division / 1:02

Arch de Castrique remembers the importance of standing still when Japanese flares went off on Saipan - WWII
Arch de Castrique, 4th Marine Division / :23

Arch de Castrique remembers an incident of Japanese trickery on Guadalcanal - WWII
Arch de Castrique, 4th Marine Division / 1:05

Arch de Castrique recalls his experiences with banzai charges on the Pacific islands - WWII
Arch de Castrique, 4th Marine Division / 1:22

A fresh Dave Williams is thrown into his first combat experience during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Dave Williams, 78th Infantry / 2:13

Dave Williams recounts fighting in and around the Ruhr pocket. - WWII
Dave Williams, 78th Infantry / 4:19

Bob Welsh talks about his first combat experience, resulting in a textbook operation. - WWII
Bob Welsh, 87th Infantry Division / 4:20

Bob Welsh recalls leading his reconnaissance team into an explosive situation. - WWII
Bob Welsh, 87th Infantry Division / 5:36

Bob Welsh remembers being assigned to lead a reconnaissance team and discovering information about the Germans at Bastogne. - WWII
Bob Welsh, 87th Infantry Division / 4:47

Bob Welsh tells the story of an attempt to capture two Germans escalating into a massive firefight on the Siegfried Line. - WWII
Bob Welsh, 87th Infantry Division / 5:43

Dave Williams, Joe Peoples and Andy Carpenter share their stories of crossing the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, the last standing span over the Rhine, in March of 1945. - WWII
Dave Williams, 78th Infantry Division / 10:58

Andy Carpenter, Joe Peoples and Dave Williams share their stories of crossing the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, the last standing span over the Rhine, in March of 1945. - WWII
Andy Carpenter, 774th Tank Battalion / 10:58

Richard Eaton faces death, the cold, and some heroism during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Richard Eaton, 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team / 9:50

Richard Eaton becomes second in command of a Ranger company during the push to retake Seoul for the second time. - Korea
Richard Eaton, 3rd Ranger Infantry Company / 7:35

Richard Eaton takes a Ranger company into the jungles of Vietnam to expose the positions of Vietcong supply tunnels. - Vietnam
Richard Eaton, Company H (Ranger), 75th Infantry / 4:21

William Bates participates in the surprise attack on the Italian city of Salerno. - WWII
William Bates, DUKW Crew Member / 7:26

Bob Keller encounters combat in Vietnam while capturing a new informant. - Vietnam
Bob Keller, 5th Special Forces Group / 1:53

Bob Keller and his mixed unit air drop into a small city to capture troops of an NVA transport company. - Vietnam
Bob Keller, 5th Special Forces Group / 1:47

Bob Keller gets caught in the crossfire between his unit and the enemy. - Vietnam
Bob Keller, 5th Special Forces Group / 2:39

Stuart Jamison recalls the sights and sounds from patrolling the Korean Demilitarized Zone during the Cold War. - Cold War
Stuart Jamison, 2nd Infantry Division / 2:21

Stuart Jamison recalls meeting Lt. Hetherington, Staff Sgt. Pinkham, Maj. Huynhl, Sgt. Maj. Tau and 200 hostile Viet Cong on his first day on the job as an advisor to Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) soldiers at Xa Xiem. - Vietnam
Stuart Jamison, 9th Infantry Division (ARVN) / 5:07

Stuart Jamison describes the effects of napalm on the enemy and the landscape during the Vietnam War. - Vietnam
Stuart Jamison, 9th Infantry Division (ARVN) / 3:18

Stuart Jamison talks about a time his unit cornered a Viet Cong Main Force Battalion during the Tet Offensive. - Vietnam
Stuart Jamison, 9th Infantry Division (ARVN) / 12:55

Stuart Jamison talks about going into a particulary dangerous area of Vietnam and finding trouble. - Vietnam
Stuart Jamison, 9th Infantry Division (ARVN) / 5:15

Stuart Jamison remembers being caught behind a palm tree trunk while being fired upon by a Viet Cong. - Vietnam
Stuart Jamison, 9th Infantry Division (ARVN) / 1:12

Stuart Jamison describes treating a wounded fellow advisor in the open during heavy fire from Viet Cong forces on February, 18 during the Tet Offensive. - Vietnam
Stuart Jamison, 9th Infantry Division (ARVN) / 13:59

Stuart Jamison recounts the destruction of his battalion on February 26, 1968. - Vietnam
Stuart Jamison, 9th Infantry Division (ARVN) / 19:15

Jack Brantley and his unit receive the Presidential Unit Citation for action in the French city Metz. - WWII
Walter Jackson Brantley, 695th Armored Field Artillery Battalion / 8:58

Harold Barber and the 7th Marine Regiment invade Guadalcanal and see some of the most intense fighting of the war. - WWII
Harold Barber, 7th Marine Regiment / 3:44

Harold Barber remembers fighting back a banzai charge from camouflaged Japanese troops in the jungles of Guadalcanal. - WWII
Harold Barber, 7th Marine Regiment / 4:14

Harold Barber and company make a harrowing attempt to take Hill 660, the final objective to taking Cape Gloucester, New Britain. - WWII
Harold Barber, 7th Marine Regiment / 3:27

Dick Arnold describes his first 24 hours of combat in France during World War II. - WWII
Dick Arnold, 87th Infantry Division / 11:51

Moran Helms talks about the time he spent fighting the "secret war" in Burma during World War II. - WWII
Moran Helms, 97th Infantry Division / 7:01

Earl Williams witnesses the taking of lower Bataan, near Mariveles, by the Japanese, firsthand. - WWII
Earl Williams, Philippine Division / 3:17

Oliver Diffey and his unit have to survive the bitter cold during the Battle of the Bulge at the town of Bastogne, surrounded by German troops. - WWII
Oliver Diffey, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment / 5:26

Cal Stephenson remembers his job as a radioman in the 1st Marine Division during the bloody campaign at Peleliu. - WWII
Cal Stephenson, 5th Marine Regiment / 8:21

Cal Stephenson faces treacherous waters and hordes of Japanese soldiers as he and his regiment invade the island fortress of Okinawa. - WWII
Cal Stephenson, 5th Marine Regiment / 4:50

Cal Stephenson sees the end of the war from the island of Okinawa and recounts his path home from the nation of Japan. - WWII
Cal Stephenson, 5th Marine Regiment / 5:11

Neill "Jack" Cox tells his story of a typical draftee's experience, going from college to the front lines. - WWII
Neill "Jack" Cox, 36th Infantry Division / 12:07

Neill "Jack" Cox and a friend dive into heavy artillery and machine gun fire to save an injured soldier. - WWII
Neill "Jack" Cox, 36th Infantry Division / 8:26

Neill "Jack" Cox and his unit face heavy resistance as they cross the Siegfried line and move into Germany. - WWII
Neill "Jack" Cox, 36th Infantry Division / 4:19

Ed LaPorta remembers the harrowing landing at Oran to start the US Army's campaign in North Africa. - WWII
Ed LaPorta, 1st Armored Division / 8:29

Ed LaPorta is wounded in the leg by flying shrapnel and recalls his attempts to repair his damaged leg. - WWII
Ed LaPorta, 1st Armored Division / 2:51

Clayton Byrd tells of the first soldier he killed in Normandy - WWII
Clayton Byrd, 94th Infantry / 1:44

Clayton Byrd and his company capture 4 German pillboxes in an unorthodox manner - WWII
Clayton Byrd, 94th Infantry / 2:07

After being mis-dropped over Normandy on D-Day, Carl Beck finds a friendly face and sets out to find his unit, and his mission. - WWII
Carl Beck, 101st Airborne Division / 7:35

Carl Beck recalls the drop and subsequent combat in Holland during Operation Market Garden. - WWII
Carl Beck, 101st Airborne Division / 4:51

Carl Beck remembers a quick firefight that gave a friend a great story to impress the new replacements. - WWII
Carl Beck, 101st Airborne Division / 1:54

While on patrol on Luzon, Seymour Lavine leads a small unit with Phillipine guides, but runs into a much larger Japanese force. - WWII
Seymour Lavine, 11th Airborne / 1:08

Seymour Lavine attempts to use a makeshift shower in the jungles of the Phillipines, but finds a Japanese soldier waiting for him. - WWII
Seymour Lavine, 11th Airborne / 1:16

Mather Hyatt tells the story of a soldier from Alabama accosted by US troops as a side-effect of German infiltration during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Mather Hyatt, 1651st Engineer Utility Detachment / 1:55

William Lubbeck, author of At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North, recalls the combat tactics of the French and Moroccan troops when Germany invaded France. - WWII
William Lubbeck, 13th Infantry Company (German Army) / 2:07

William Lubbeck, author of At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North, recalls when his unit was moved from France, across Germany, and began fortifying the Russian front. - WWII
William Lubbeck, 13th Infantry Company (German Army) / 5:08

William Lubbeck, author of At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North, remembers the intense combat and shelling as the German Army and Navy surrounded Leningrad. - WWII
William Lubbeck, 13th Infantry Company (German Army) / 3:25

William Lubbeck, author of At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North, faces horrifying combat that results in the deaths that decimated the ranks of his unit, leaving them without command and unable to fight. - WWII
William Lubbeck, 13th Infantry Company (German Army) / 6:05

Col. Jack Jacobs (ret.) recalls his first combat experience in Vietnam as an advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. - Vietnam
Col. Jack Jacobs (ret.), U.S. Military Assistance Command / 3:16

Col. Jack Jacobs (ret.) goes through the normal operations of the Vietnamese battalion (2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry) that he was attached to. - Vietnam
Col. Jack Jacobs (ret.), U.S. Military Assistance Command / 2:41

While his infantry regiment was making their way through France in 1944, Sherburn Searl remembers his first firefight and a few of the lives that were lost. - WWII
Sherburn Searl, Jr., 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division / 02:19

Nicholas Pizzolato recalls his medic training, and why he vowed never to carry a weapon in the field. - WWII
Nicholas Pizzolato, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division / 01:45

Nicholas Pizzolato describes the dangers associated with crossing hedgerows and crossroads in France during World War II. - WWII
Nicholas Pizzolato, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division / 01:50

Joseph Butler describes how a little air support eased the burden of crossing the hedgerows while his unit made their way into St. Lo, France, in 1944. - WWII
Joseph Butler, 111th Field Artillery, 29th Infantry Division / 02:31

Arnold Whittaker recalls the biggest problem that his unit faced while liberating European cities during World War II. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 01:47

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. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 04:15

Arnold Whittaker discusses the hardship U.S. forces faced while crossing the Rhine river in March of 1945 under the command of General Patton. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 08:52

Elmer Foytan remembers his long mysterious voyage towards Guadalcanal in June of 1942, and the advice given by a commanding general before invading. - WWII
Elmer Foytan, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 02:23

After landing at Guadalcanal in 1942, Elmer Foytan describes taking fire both from bombers in the sky and from artillery at sea for several months straight. - WWII
Elmer Foytan, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 05:12

Dr. Merrill Feldman recalls being drafted into the Medic training program. He describes how the 95th division trained for the Pacific or North Africa, before unexpectedly landing in Europe. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division / 2:17

Trained to mountain climb and lower wounded soldiers over cliffs while repelling, Dr. Feldman describes how many medics were needed on Europe's battlefields in 1943. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division / 1:30

Dr. Feldman reflects back on leaving Boston Harbor, wondering if he'd ever see it again. He relives his trip on the USS West Point traveling through bombed out parts of Liverpool before landing on the beaches where D-Day occurred. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division / 2:38

Howell "Hal" Titshaw recalls landing at the beach in Southern France and some of the actions his military police battalion faced while making their way through Europe in 1944. - WWII
Howell Titshaw, 504th Military Police Battalion / 03:14

James Benefield talks about his role in, the conditions of, and the nature of The Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
James Benefield, 207th Combat Engineers / 7:15

Robert L. Harris recalls engaging in intense combat for the first time in the town of Simmerath, Germany, on Dec. 10, 1944, while his battalion was making their way into Germany to gain control of important dam structures. - WWII
Robert L. Harris, B Company, 310th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 78th Infantry Division / 05:07

Finding themselves nearly surrounded by German infantry, Robert L. Harris describes the fighting and horrible weather conditions during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. - WWII
Robert L. Harris, B Company, 310th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 78th Infantry Division / 05:33

Robert L. Harris describes in detail the events leading up to the capture of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, the strategic importance of the bridge to Allied forces, and the subsequent destruction of the bridge by German troops in March of 1945. - WWII
Robert L. Harris, B Company, 310th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 78th Infantry Division / 07:47

Ed Callahan describes his first combat parachute drop into the jungles of New Guinea in 1944. - WWII
Ed Callahan, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment / 01:03

On the island of Mindoro in the Philippines, Ed Callahan remembers a firefight with Japanese troops, and how combat affected the local people. - WWII
Ed Callahan, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment / 03:38

Ed Callahan remembers the intense combat his company faced on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines in February of 1945, beginning with a beachfront landing under Japanese fire. - WWII
Ed Callahan, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment / 03:32

Ed Callahan describes the close quarters on the small island of Corregidor and some of the resulting problems that arose with both enemy and friendly troops. - WWII
Ed Callahan, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment / 02:13

While taking hill after hill from Japanese troops on Corregidor, battles for which he earned a Bronze Star, Ed Callahan recalls a Japanese counter-measure which injured him and many of his fellow soldiers. - WWII
Ed Callahan, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment / 03:18

Trained to climb cargo nets and in top physical condition, Dr. Feldman describes his trip to Omaha Beach after D-Day. He recalls the shock of seeing a cemetery where American soldiers were buried. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division / 2:04

Dr. Feldman describes how sleeping in crowded trains and "roughing it," toughened him up, making him a member of a "Band of Brothers." He shares how they came to the aid of General Patton. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division / 2:54

In this dramatic account, Dr. Feldman describes how he faced heavy German resistance, losing half his battalion. He vividly recalls medically treating his badly injured comrades. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division / 2:46

Bill Watson, while in combat in the Vosges Mountains, comes face to face with the reality of war. - WWII
Bill Watson, 100th Infantry Division / 3:28

Ben Magzamin remembers the tenacity of Japanese troops in the Philippines during World War II. - WWII
Ben Magzamin, 3rd Battalion, 63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division / 02:17

Deployed to the Pacific during World War II, Ben Magzamin describes the importance of foxholes. - WWII
Ben Magzamin, 3rd Battalion, 63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division / 01:02

Ben Magzamin recalls how his company learned to deal with Japanese snipers on the Pacific islands during World War II. - WWII
Ben Magzamin, 3rd Battalion, 63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division / 01:04

Morton Chalef recalls his first real shock of combat after parachuting into France in 1944. - WWII
Morton Chalef, 102nd Infantry Division / 03:13

While keeping watch in a foxhole north of the Battle of the Bulge, Morton Chalef describes initiating machine gun and artillery fire on a suspected enemy position, with humorous results. - WWII
Morton Chalef, 102nd Infantry Division / 06:50

Morton Chalef tells the story of his first battle in Beeck, Holland, while making his way into Germany in 1944. - WWII
Morton Chalef, 102nd Infantry Division / 05:46

Dr. Feldman vividly recalls how the Americans barrelled through German towns and villages, thwarting the resistance of German citizens. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / :40

A shocking scene during World War II still sparks Dr. Merrill Feldman's memory. He describes seeing the first Messerschmidt jet plane and the rattling of machine gun fire pointed right at his battalion. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 1:25

Recalling his first encounter with Hitler's SS troops, Dr. Merrill Feldman describes how he won the Silver Star and broke the rules of the Geneva Convention. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 2:10

Vincent Vivardo talks about what it was like to be a scout in the Pacific and his particular method of attack. - WWII
Vincent Vivardo, 1st Marine Division / 02:01

While fighting in New Guinea, Vincent Vivardo tells the story of a surprise attack by a lone Japanese soldier. - WWII
Vincent Vivardo, 1st Marine Division / 01:17

While fighting on the front lines near Germany, Jim Sheehan remembers getting a case of trench foot and his subsequent medical care. - WWII
Jim Sheehan, 14th Armored Combat Infantry Division / 03:55

Jim Sheehan remembers losing a close friend right next to him during a battle in France. - WWII
Jim Sheehan, 14th Armored Combat Infantry Division / 01:56

Jim McCabe recalls his combat experiences during World War II, beginning from his first combat at the Battle of the Bulge to crossing over the Rhine River into Germany. - WWII
Jim McCabe, 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion, 3rd Army / 14:38

Jim McCabe details the role of his chemical mortar battalion, their unique artillery, and their effectiveness during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Jim McCabe, 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion, 3rd Army / 03:15

Angelo DeLuca describes his first combat experience after landing at Normandy a few days after D-Day in 1944. - WWII
Angelo DeLuca, 90th Division, 3rd Army / 01:49

Angelo DeLuca tells the story of how one of his friends was killed while their unit fought to take a German fort, and trying to contact his friend's family after the war. - WWII
Angelo DeLuca, 90th Division, 3rd Army / 03:22

Larry Gardner describes what it was like being in a machine-gun squad chasing the Germans across Europe for over a month leading up to the end of World War II. - WWII
Larry Gardner, 44th Division, 71st Regiment, Company B / 02:51

Larry Gardner describes how the infantry was the "bottom of the barrel" in Europe during World War II. - WWII
Larry Gardner, 44th Division, 71st Regiment, Company B / 01:00

Even after Germany had surrendered, Larry Gardner talks about clearing out areas where small groups of German troops hadn't yet gotten the message. - WWII
Larry Gardner, 44th Division, 71st Regiment, Company B / 01:45

In a dramatic account, Dr. Feldman recalls attacking the Germans at night which led to a loss of American lives. He describes what it took to overpower the German resistance and how it felt to be the only medic there. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 2:32

Although he was a medic and a non-combatant, Dr. Feldman remembers bullets flying around him and the moment that he picked up a gun to lead an attack against the Germans. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 1:31

A mass grave and emaciated prisoners are what Dr. Feldman witnessed when he helped liberate a concentration camp. Here he describes the anger he felt and how the Americans forced a German town to bury the dead. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 3:13

Fighting intensely against the SS soldiers, Dr. Feldman narrowly escaped a German sniper. He describes how he got shot in the hand and why he received the Silver Star. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 2:04

Twelve years after WWII, Dr. Feldman returned to Europe with his family. In this entertaining account, he describes a hero's welcome in Belgium and swapping stories with former enemy soldiers. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 3:41

After the war, Dr. Feldman headed back to college. He shares how he ended up in Harvard Medical School with dozens of fellow soldiers and the wild times that followed. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 1:49

Years after WWII, Dr. Feldman was honored for his services in France. He relives those moments and how as a Jew, he was honored at a new synagogue originally destroyed during the war. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 3:41

Minot Richardson recalls his reactions while being fired upon during the Battle of the Bulge and describes how many soldiers it takes to care for a single casualty. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Minot Richardson, U.S. Army / 01:50

Minot Richardson remembers a series of mortar attacks during the Battle of the Bulge, being led into a German trap and receiving a shrapnel wound. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Minot Richardson, U.S. Army / 05:50

Minot Richardson recalls his unit taking fire during a river crossing in November of 1944. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Minot Richardson, U.S. Army / 03:45

Bill Tyre tells his story of landing at Normandy 16 days after D-Day and heading towards Bastogne for the Battle of the Bulge. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Bill Tyre, 158th Combat Engineer Battalion / 05:02

While making his way through Southern France in 1944, Eason Bond remembers a few close calls from both enemy and friendly fire. - WWII
Eason Bond, Jr., C Company, 1st Battalion, 141st Regiment, 36th Infantry Division / 01:40

Eason Bond describes taking cover from German artillery fire in an unfortunate location after witnessing a fellow soldier's gruesome injury. - WWII
Eason Bond, Jr., C Company, 1st Battalion, 141st Regiment, 36th Infantry Division / 01:52

Eason Bond tells the story of how his battalion, later nicknamed the "Lost Battalion", was led into a trap and surrounded by German troops for several days in October of 1944. - WWII
Eason Bond, Jr., C Company, 1st Battalion, 141st Regiment, 36th Infantry Division / 02:21

Daymon Mathis describes "beginning to know what war was" while making his way through France after landing at Normandy on D-Day and taking shrapnel from a German artillery round seven days later, for which he earned a Purple Heart. - WWII
Daymon Mathis, Anti-Tank Company, 327th Glider Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 07:33

As a member of a glider team, Daymon Mathis describes making a glider drop behind German lines in Holland and the ensuing combat that lasted around 60 days, a mission for which he earned both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart medal. - WWII
Daymon Mathis, Anti-Tank Company, 327th Glider Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 08:40

Daymon Mathis shares some of the combat and horrors he experienced during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. - WWII
Daymon Mathis, Anti-Tank Company, 327th Glider Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 08:18

Roy Beck details a few of his experiences while fighting his way across Iwo Jima, a journey which resulted in him becoming one of only five survivors out of his entire company. - WWII
Roy Beck, 26th Regiment, 31st Replacement Battalion, 5th Marines / 10:16

Bill Beard details the basic training he received as an airborne soldier during World War II. - WWII
Bill Beard, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division / 07:44

After volunteering to fight, Bill Beard remembers a few close calls and fortunate incidents during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Bill Beard, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division / 17:29

Bill Beard describes a few of the more horrific and memorable sights he experienced while passing through Eastern France during World War II. - WWII
Bill Beard, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division / 04:13

Rufus Dalton describes what it was like to be in a heavy weapons company during World War II and surviving German artillery fire in the Vosges Mountains. - WWII
Rufus Dalton, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 397th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division / 03:15

Robert Dalton talks about how his whole company fought for survival after being surrounded by German forces for four days. - WWII
Robert Dalton, Jr., I Company, 3rd Battalion, 121st Regiment, 8th Infantry Division / 04:12

Robert Dalton recalls how he became wounded by mortar fire near Brest, France. - WWII
Robert Dalton, Jr., I Company, 3rd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division / 02:25

Roland Glenn recalls how a childhood hunting lesson helped prepare him for combat during World War II. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 07:06

Roland Glenn talks about an important lesson in leadership he was taught by his company commander on the island of Okinawa. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 08:53

Roland Glenn describes a Japanese surprise attack as his tank and infantry convoy attempted to make their way across a valley in Okinawa. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 05:16

Roland Glenn describes taking part in one of the last major battles on Okinawa, and the subsequent final push to clear Japanese fighters off the island. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 06:40

While solemnly preparing for the invasion of the Japanese mainland, Roland Glenn recalls hearing the news of the atomic bombs and the subsequent Japanese surrender. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 02:20

Roland Glenn tells the story behind being awarded the Purple Heart medal for combat he faced on Okinawa. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 03:19

After receiving jungle training on Honolulu, Henry Keene recalls receiving his first taste of combat during the invasion of Guam in 1944. - WWII
Henry Keene, 132nd Combat Engineers, 77th Infantry Division / 02:57

Thaddeus Sobieski tells the story behind the Silver Star he received for one dangerous scouting patrol in Korea. Provided by the Emory University School of Law Oral History Project, World War II Era. - WWII
Thaddeus Sobieski, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / 10:45

Thaddeus Sobieski describes his saddest experience during the Korean War. Provided by the Emory University School of Law Oral History Project, World War II Era. - WWII
Thaddeus Sobieski, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / 02:47

John Yates describes his first experience with a "Bed-Check Charlie" in France during World War II. - WWII
John Yates, 127th Field Artillery Battalion, 35th Infantry Division / 02:52

John Yates recalls his first direct combat experience during the taking of St. Lo, France. - WWII
John Yates, 127th Field Artillery Battalion, 35th Infantry Division / 01:57

John Yates remembers how his artillery battalion supported one large hedgerow clearing operation in France that involved both land and air support. - WWII
John Yates, 127th Field Artillery Battalion, 35th Infantry Division / 03:59

John Yates comments on the austere lack of comfort that came with being on the frontlines in Europe during World War II. - WWII
John Yates, 127th Field Artillery Battalion, 35th Infantry Division / 01:28

Harville Shepard describes the dangers that Allied troops faced crossing hedgerows in the French countryside, and how a few clever soldiers found a solution. - WWII
Harville Shepard, 174th Field Artillery Battalion / 01:59

James Arsenault goes through the chain of events which led him from the invasion of Nettuno, Italy, to being taken prisoner by German soldiers. - WWII
James Arsenault, Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / 07:00

Sam Holliday remarks at how "amazingly unprepared" his unit was for combat in Korea. - Korea
Sam Holliday, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment / 01:31

As a 24-year old first lieutenant, Sam Holliday describes his first combat experience when his convoy was ambushed by North Korean troops. - Korea
Sam Holliday, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment / 06:55

After being ambushed by North Korean forces his first day in combat, Sam Holliday remembers retaliating with the first successful battle of the Korean War. - Korea
Sam Holliday, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment / 07:11

Sam Holliday remembers taking on the 6th North Korean Division during a battle in the "Notch". - Korea
Sam Holliday, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment / 07:23

While maneuvering through a "hot bed of communist support," Sam Holliday remembers his men being ambushed by violent locals. - Korea
Sam Holliday, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division / 04:15

Sam Holliday talks about how he became the last American to leave Pyongyang, North Korea, in 1950. - Korea
Sam Holliday, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division / 05:36

Sam Holliday talks about planning for suspected assaults from Chinese and North Korean troops, and one such defense which involved a bayonet charge. - Korea
Sam Holliday, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division / 03:09

Near the end of the Korean War, Sam Holliday describes how he planned withdrawal routes in order to lessen the impact of Chinese or North Korean assaults. - Korea
Sam Holliday, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division / 01:54

Sam Holliday remembers defending the Pusan Perimeter, which he regards as the most decisive battle of the Korean War. - Korea
Sam Holliday, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division / 03:48

While serving in Tunisia, Newton Riess recalls how "all hell broke loose" after German artillery shells and aircraft started coming in. During the heat of combat, Riess took a shrapnel wound to the chest. - WWII
Newton Riess, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division / 04:25

Newton Riess describes the difference in attitude between younger Germans, older Germans, and Italian soldiers near the end of World War II. - WWII
Newton Riess, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division / 01:02

Lou Zoghby recalls his sensations and fears as he and his fellow soldiers were being driven to the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge, and comments on how difficult it was to deal with the cold weather. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 3:41

During the Battle of the Bulge, Lou Zoghby recalls a series of "strategic withdrawals" and attacks on local towns and the toll those took on the troops and their gear. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 2:04

Lou Zoghby talks about the painful toll the wet and cold environment took on troops' feet in Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 1:50

After experiencing his fellow soldiers demobilizing a German tank, Lou Zoghby talks about being given the task of writing up the story and the criticism he received. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 2:24

Lou Zoghby describes what was going through his mind when his company was asked to prepare for bayonet combat during the Battle of the Bulge. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 1:34

While pushing through Northern Europe during World War II, Lou Zoghby describes feeling like "carnival ducks" in a shooting gallery. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 1:09

Louis Zoghby tells a story about how his conscience kept him from claiming a Purple Heart medal after a sudden and deadly mortar attack. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 2:01

During a rare silent break on the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge, Lou Zoghby recalls the sights and sounds of being treated to warm food. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 1:49

Near the end of the Battle of the Bulge, after not changing clothes or showering for weeks, Lou Zoghby remembers experiencing some relief. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 2:22

Lou Zoghby describes what it was like to ride into Germany, and into combat, in a lightweight glider. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Lou Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 2:48

After being delivered into Germany by a glider in February of 1945, Lou Zoghby talks about how exposed he and his fellow soldiers were to artillery fire and other dangers. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 2:18

With the inevitable end of the fighting in Germany nearing, Lou Zoghby recalls taking control of 400 surrendered German soldiers. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 2:01

At first, after landing in Holland, Marvin Bone didn't see any Germans. Here he describes how that quickly changed and the fierce battles that ensued. - WWII
Marvin Bone, 101st Airborne Division / 5:56

Edd Claunch vividly describes the heavy artillery that he and his team of twelve men used to fight the Germans. He talks about foxholes, survival on the run, and outwitting the enemy. - WWII
Edd Claunch, 70th Infantry Division / 3:32

As an infantryman, Edd Claunch received a special badge. He describes its significance and tells a story of how one soldier earned it. - WWII
Edd Claunch, 70th Infantry Division / 2:09

Clyde Thrasher recalls the landing at Salerno Italy - WWII
Clyde Thrasher, 36th Infantry Division / 2:08

Clyde Thrasher remembers crawling across a field under heavy fire in Salerno Italy - WWII
Clyde Thrasher, 36th Infantry Division / 1:44

Fred King recounts various events while stuck on the frontlines at Anzio for five months. - WWII
Fred King, 45th Infantry Division / 8:03

Joe Peoples remembers earning a Bronze Star fighting in Korea and dropping artillery on Koreans based on the scent of their breakfast. - Korea
Joe Peoples, 82nd Field Artillery / 4:00

Dave Williams remembers combat and surprise while crossing the Rhine river. - WWII
Dave Williams, 78th Infantry / 6:17

Don Ogden, being marched across Germany by Nazi troops, is finally rescued by British soldiers but isn't out of danger yet. - WWII
Don Ogden, 15th Air Force, 304th Bomb Wing, 456th Bomb Group, 745th Squadron / 2:14

George Sossenko remembers a battle in Italy during which his unit advanced too fast for their own good. - WWII
George Sossenko, Free French Forces Division / 2:00

Bob Keller and his unit are chased down a cliff and through a creekbed by rock-throwing NVA troops. - Vietnam
Bob Keller, 5th Special Forces Group / 3:00

Stephen Chick remembers a time when his infantry unit refused to fire at a particular German soldier. - WWII
Stephen Chick, 65th Infantry Division / 1:35

From marriage to Marines, Harold "Hutch" Bobroff recalls the series of events that quickly changed his life before seeing action in Iwo Jima. - WWII
Harold "Hutch" Bobroff, Pharmacist First Class, US Navy, 3rd Marine Division / 3:55

Thinking the battle of Guam was over, Harold "Hutch" Bobroff relives the nightmare of being shot by the enemy and how he felt after a young Japanese soldier was killed. - WWII
Harold "Hutch" Bobroff, Pharmacist 1st Class, US Navy, 3rd Marine Division / 4:37

After training on Guam, "Hutch" relives the shocking scene of dead Marines on the island of Iwo Jima, smoking volcanic terrain, and carrying guns he couldn't shoot. - WWII
Harold "Hutch" Bobroff, Pharmacist, 1st Class, US Navy, 3rd Marine Division / 6:14

"Hutch" shares his dramatic account of travelling with a friend whose dangerous job, flamethrower, threatened both their lives. - WWII
Harold "Hutch" Bobroff, Pharmacist, 1st Class, US Navy, 3rd Marine Division / 3:15

Brave and bleeding while treating other wounded soldiers, "Hutch" relives being honored with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart - WWII
Harold "Hutch" Bobroff, Pharmacist, 1st Class, US Navy, 3rd Marine Division / 5:52

Remembering the horrors of war, "Hutch" vividly describes US tanks being hit by mortars, Japanese banzai attacks, and friends who were killed in action . - WWII
Harold "Hutch" Bobroff, Pharmacist, 1st Class, US Navy, 3rd Marine Division / 4:31

"Hutch" reflects back on witnessing a fight between two US Marines, how he felt about enemy soldiers, and the one corpsman who proved to be an amazing hero on Iwo Jima. - WWII
Harold "Hutch" Bobroff, Pharmacist, 1st Class, US Navy, 3rd Marine Division / 3:37

Honorably discharged from duty, "Hutch" recalls leaving Iwo Jima, celebrating with two friends, and receiving a shocking note when he arrives back home. - WWII
Harold "Hutch" Bobroff, Pharmacist, 1st Class, US Navy, 3rd Marine Division / 3:27

2LT Pinkerton describes why he enlisted in the army and a frightening experience in airborne school. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 4:48

2LT Pinkerton describes why he stopped training for the Army's Special Forces and how he became part of his brigade's elite security detail. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 4:39

While training to fight in Iraq, 2LT Pinkerton relives getting married and the loneliness that followed as he prepared for war. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 5:45

All the excitement of a C-130 flight to Iraq doesn't prepare 2LT Pinkerton for the death of a soldier killed hours before returning home. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 3:58

2LT Pinkerton relives shocking explosions and indirect fire that awoke him one night and what happened when his brigade set up counterfire. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 3:20

2LT Pinkerton dramatically recalls what happened after an explosive projectile slammed into an army truck injuring two buddies and killing an officer all the soldiers respected. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 8:22

2LT Peter Sprenger describes why he joined the Army after 911, his feelings about facing the battlefield, and how his training prepared him and his comrades for a different kind of war in Iraq. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 3:49

Ferocious fighting and a myriad of cultures in Iraq, took 2LT Peter Sprenger and his fellow soldiers by surprise. Their training didn't prepare them for what they faced. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 2:45

Trained very well before arriving in Kuwait, 2LT Sprenger experiences a Scud missle attack and witnesses just how well American forces are prepared. He describes what it's like to brace for chemical warfare in the desert heat. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 3:48

Not knowing when he'd go to Iraq or what was going on politically, 2LT Sprenger recalls how it felt to finally enter the country. He relives the difficulty of moving through the desert while heading toward battle. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 4:19

Once in Iraq, 2LT Peter Sprenger explains how he felt not knowing who was winning the war and why basic training was tougher than the living conditions he endured in the desert. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 4:02

First assigned to an air assault, 2LT Peter Sprenger describes how that changed to a ground approach. He recalls experiencing an unexpected odd mix of fighting in Iraq and passing out candy bars to Iraqi children. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 3:04

2LT Sprenger recalls not knowing how the enemy might attack at night during Iraq's desert sandstorms, and how a soldier's imagination can keep him on constant alert. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 2:32

The first time 2LT Sprenger faces direct fire it gets his adrenaline going. He recalls how US troops intimidated Iraqi forces and how training prepared him for the real battlefield. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 1:44

2LT Pinkerton tells of a harrowing experience during Operation "Black Eagle" when Iraqi forces unexpectedly struck, killing his friend. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 7:56

2LT Pinkerton reflects back on a memorial service for a fallen friend, and describes how a bagpipe ceremony, a colonel's heartfelt words, and the army rangers honored their comrade. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 3:34

2LT Pinkerton remembers going home for "R and R," and seeing the first signs of victory after returning to Iraq. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 2:26

Massive warheads slam into 2LT Pinkerton's compound killing several soldiers and destroying the chow hall. He describes how some soldiers had to adapt, and what he did to help on their missions. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 1:53

As action in Iraq slowed down, 2LT Pinkerton spent hours working out and studying for a promotion. He describes the excitment of learning that he was going home, and helping the 101st Airborne replacements. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 3:16

Unable to sleep for two weeks before heading home, 2LT Pinkerton remembers why he slept on rocks near the airstrip, sold a lot of his belongings and volunteered to pack up the plane. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 5:13

The amazing feeling of coming back home from Iraq, was just part of a surreal experience for 2LT Pinkerton as he landed in Dallas. He vividly describes how he and his fellow soldiers were greeted by Texans when they landed. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 2:46

After staying at home for awhile, 2LT Pinkerton gets "the itch" to go back to Iraq, and explains why it's the right thing to do. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 1:49

2 LT Pinkerton relives the sheer terror of being hit by a powerful explosion on the way to Baghdad. Not knowing if he was badly injured, he describes the frightening moments before he found out. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 7:55

2LT Pinkerton describes being examined by medics and pulling pracitcal jokes on a comrade, after their truck was hit by explosives. He laughs as he shares what he did and why. - Iraq
2LT Chris Pinkerton, 25th ID (ABN) / 1:52

Gus Richardson describes the fierce fighting his Marine company faced after landing on Japanese-occupied Guam in 1944. - WWII
Gus Richardson, 3rd Marine Division / 05:08

The uncertainty of war weighs heavy on 2LT Sprenger's mind. He describes how he prepared mentally for a surprise attack in the streets of Iraq. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 1:45

Capturing Baghdad quickly surprised 2LT Sprenger and his fellow troops. He recalls all the excitement, how it boosted morale, and gave soldiers hope that they'd be home soon. - Iraq
2LT Sprenger, 101st Airborne / :46

After moving North from Baghdad, 2LT Sprenger describes a surprising twist in the Iraqi culture, people dressed differently, and more technolgoically advanced than he ever expected. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 1:54

2LT Sprenger tells of weapons left unguarded and how dangerously coordinated attacks strengthened his resolve and dedication to fight the Iraqi enemy. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 1:39

Slammed by powerful explosives, 2LT Sprenger describes the sheer terror of being blinded and badly injured. He relives the heroic efforts of those who helped him scramble to safety. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 4:53

Blinded by an explosion in Iraq, 2LT Sprenger describes his Medivac Convoy and the first moments he spoke to his family about his devastating injuries. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 2:17

After being badly inured, 2LT Sprenger describes the emotional ups and downs of his recovery, how his severely injured comrades fared, and the care he received at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 3:41

Despite losing his eye, 2LT Sprenger decribes what drove him back to the battlefiled, how his doctors helped, and what he endured to become an Army ranger. - Iraq
2LT Peter Sprenger, 101st Airborne / 4:12

His father told him that by joining the Navy, Braswell Deen would become "shark bait." Now Judge Deen recalls what his father said when he joined the Marines to fight against Japan. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 1:08

Braswell Deen relives his Marine training for battle in the Pacific, with no electricity and showering in the rain. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 1:47

Told to forget about his family and friends, Braswell Deen relives the frightening moments of being taught to kill, tells why his height made him a target, and describes how one soldier played "dead" to avoid war. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:40

Tough training, rigorous exercise, and advice on how to stay alive, is what Braswell Deen vividly remembers when he prepared for battle in Guadalcanal. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 1:37

Braswell Deen explains with disbelief how one Marine claimed he could "smell" the Japanese enemy crawling upon American soldiers in the dead of night. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / :45

Remembering the image of a comrade shot between the eyes, Braswell Deen relives automatic rifle training on a fire team and being trapped by Japanese tanks. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:06

Braswell Deen laments about fellow soldiers killed during a firefight in a Japanese tank trap shortly after being assigned in the Pacific. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:08

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. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 05:59

Trained to kill and petrified of war, Braswell Deen recalls bombs and bodies falling all around him, burning smells, and the reality of life and death in the Pacific. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:10

The Japanese enemy surprises US Marines as they land on Peleliu. Braswell Deen remembers being caught in a tank trap and the bloody battle that ensued. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:26

A comrade shot between the eyes, trapped in a giant hole swallowing US tanks, and surviving a Japanese attack, are what Braswell Deen remembers about Peleliu. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 3:04

Braswell Deen vividly recalls that first day of fighting on Peleliu where the Japanese relentlessly fired at him, wounded and killed his fellow Marines, and how he survived it. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:46

Lucky to be alive, Judge Deen relives the terrifying moments of seeing friends wounded and killed on Peleliu. He describes his lifelong friendship with another survivor. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 1:33

As one of the survivors in the attack on Peleliu, Judge Deen describes why he left his personal effects behind, escaping with just his weapons. He recalls being told he'd receive the Navy Cross for bravery and why it never happened. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:48

John Bullard tells the story of he and his men finding a way to feed starving Japanese civilians by doing some pheasant hunting. - WWII
John Bullard, 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division / 2:15

Ordered to check out caves where Japanese soldiers were hiding, Braswell Deen gives this chilling account of how dozens of the enemy caught his battalion by surprise. He recounts one story of a friend who survived being bayoneted. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 4:06

During the battle at Yudam-ni, two fellow Marines show Roland Marbaugh a clever trap they'd set for the Chinese troops. - Korea
Roland Marbaugh, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines / 1:27

Judge Deen recounts how flares, mortars, and machine guns beat back bayonets, knives, and an island swarming with Japanese, as he and his comrades stood their ground on Peleliu. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:54

Describing the smells of death and firepower, Judge Deen reflects back on how he built foxholes, threw hand grenades, and stepped into swamps to stop Japanese soldiers from advancing. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:19

Judge Deen describes the Japanese battle cries, one which is now used for the name of a popular car. He explains how he learned to speak Japanese to yell back at the enemy. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 1:09

As a tough Marine, Judge Deen recalls how he and his fellow troops held on during the "hellish battles" on Peleliu and prevailed despite the high cost of human life. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:39

Trapped in a farmhouse as a medic, Dr. Feldman describes how he used German POW's to save the lives of three Americans, the horrific sight they all witnessed, and why he was awarded the Bronze Star. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 3:10

Dr. Feldman vividly recalls defeating the German resistance, seizing strategic strongholds, and participating in victory parades. Now sixty years later he describes emotional reunions with those who survived. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 2:46

Battling the cold and snow, Dr. Feldman tells the dramatic story of how the Germans were defeated, what it was like to cross the German border, and eventually end up in the "Battle of the Bulge." - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 4:34

General MacArthur gave the orders to seize Peleliu for strategic reasons that he eventually abandoned. Now Judge Braswell Deen describes why the bloody battles and staggering American losses there are often forgotten. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 1:36

In this chilling account, Judge Braswell Deen describes being nearly wiped out by Japanese forces, the psychological pain experienced by those who survived, and how he managed to get through it all. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 3:05

Judge Deen vividly recalls barely escaping "Bloody Nose Ridge," where the enemy attacked from interlocking caves. He tells how he and those who survived, became leaders during training for Okinawa. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:34

On Easter Sunday, 1945, Braswell Deen describes landing on Okinawa, taking control of the airfield, cleaning out enemy caves and joking with the Japanese before the gunfights began. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 4:50

Remembering the snowy fields of Germany, Dr. Feldman recalls suddenly coming upon a few dead Americans lying close to dozens of dead Germans. He describes what he thinks happened. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / :50

In a small Belgian town, Dr. Feldman rested with a young family. He describes them and then returning to battle to defeat the German troops. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 3:21

In a dramatic account, Dr. Feldman remembers being assigned to the 2nd Armored Division, climbing on tanks while facing the Germans, and defeating them in and around the Ruhr Valley. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 1:39

Judge Deen recounts the dangerous moments of clearing out caves on Okinawa. Fluent in Japanese, he describes how he helped capture the enemy and what happened to those still hiding in the caves. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion,1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:03

Caught in a web of spider traps where the enemy hid, Braswell Deen dramatically recalls the Japanese machine gun fire that slaughtered his friends. He describes how US flame throwers retaliated. - WWII
Braswell Deen, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 2:58

Wounded in battle, Dr. Feldman headed out of Germany to recover. He describes where he went and what happened to his injured hand. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 1:40

Returning years later to a military cemetery in Normandy, Dr. Feldman remembers being unable to find the original grave markers. He shares how the site overwhelmed him and what the burial ground represents to humanity today. - WWII
Dr. Merrill Feldman, 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Division, Europe / 2:17

Bob Uhl recalls leaving Georgia Tech to join the Army reserves followed by intense infantry training. In this chilling account, he describes how two young recruits tragically died during that training. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Division, 114th Regiment, K company / 2:30

At first assigned to go to mechanical engineering school, Bob Uhl recalls ending up in the infantry and heading to France to fight the Germans. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:17

Bob Uhl recalls the dangerous assignment of looking for the Germans in France and what he and his company found during their first time in combat. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:31

Bob Uhl tells one tragic tale about replacement soldiers and how their lack of experience cost them their lives. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:16

In France, the Germans started to retreat, but Bob Uhl recalls how they tried to entice American troops to surrender, and how French soldiers caused dangerous confusion. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:31

In this dramatic story, Bob Uhl details how a French bomber's mistake could have wiped out his entire company. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 1:13

From the safety of a foxhole, to a spray of heavy German machine gun fire, Bob Uhl recalls the sad experience of losing a friend as they battled both the enemy and snow covered terrain in France. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 6:23

As a bazooka man hiding behind a small tree, Bob Uhl shares the scary moments he prepared to blast German tanks and why it just didn't happen. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:37

The Germans used a powerful weapon that travelled faster than sound. Bob Uhl describes what happened to him after it violently shook his foxhole. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 1:58

As an experienced soldier, Bob Uhl saw action near the strategic Saar River. In this dramatic account, he decribes intense fighting and watching an American plane crash land in front of him. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 3:00

In this stirring tale, Bob Uhl describes how blowing up a church steeple stopped German machine gun fire. He explains why he thought the destruction was religiously significant. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:41

All of a sudden, Bob Uhl and company had to wear gas masks while raiding German towns. Now he explains why and a surprising outcome when he came face to face with German soldiers. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:00

Bob Uhl describes a fellow soldier's deadly premonition. He also shares why he regarded the company's medics as brave heroes. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 1:42

One of Bob Uhl's regiment commanders set his sites on bridges. In this story, Bob shares some frightening moments he experienced on the way to Heidelberg. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:42

In this eye-opening account, Bob Uhl recalls having a strange premonition of his death. He explains how spending a snowy night in a foxhole changed his way of thinking. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:59

As an experienced soldier who survived the war in Germany, Bob Uhl was assigned to fight in Japan. Now he explains why that never happened. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:14

In this chilling tale, Bob Uhl elaborates on how a good friend was tricked by the Germans and killed. He describes what happened to two of those German soldiers after they surrendered - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 1:13

Right after the war, Bob Uhl stumbled upon two heavily armed German soldiers. He relives some very frightening moments during that encounter. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:52

To counteract heavy German artillery, the Americans came up with an unusual weapon. Bob Uhl explains how it worked to devestate the enemy. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:24

In this dramatic account, Bob Uhl details why his company received a citation, recalls the weapons he used during bitter German assaults, and explains why he collects them today. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:23

Enemy fire took down American soldiers, but so did trench foot. Here Bob Uhl elaborates on the dangers of the disease and what was done to prevent it. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:05

Bob Uhl recollects humorous moments about how he got an unsually shaped bruise and how officers dealt with one soldier's annoying sleep problem. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:27

On the battlefield, Bob Uhl faced unexpected danger in an American truck. He vividly describes what happened when a drunken soldier barrelled through the European countryside. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 2:08

The memory of 28 fallen American soldiers is always fresh in Bob Uhl's mind. He tells how he honors them and what they mean to him today, over sixty years later. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private 1st Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Company / 1:47

Assigned to blow up two bridges in Normandy, Jake describes why he got this misssion. Then, he recalls being hit by flak, jumping from his plane, and what happened when he hit the ground. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 4:05

Jake McNiece relives how U.S. troops outfoxed the Germans and describes what happened after he and his men were caught illegally hunting on a wealthy Englishman's property. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 6:14

Roland Glenn describes being part of the largest flotilla ever assembled and the subsequent invasion of the island of Okinawa. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 14:42

After landing on the island of Okinawa, Roland Glenn remembers a morbid lesson he was given on what it means to be a "replacement" before taking over command of his first unit. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 07:28

Roland Glenn talks about leading his men into a dangerous mission to clear out an escarpment of Japanese-filled caves, a mission for which he earned a Silver Star. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 06:21

On the day he turned 18, Sgt. George Hanes registered to serve in the Army. He recalls why his infantry training was cut short, and describes an unfortunate booby trap accident. - WWII
Sgt. George Hanes, 8th Armored Division, Co. A, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion / 2:35

Fog, minefields, and German submarine attacks formed a trail to danger as George Hanes and 1500 others neared Scotland. Here he relives a torpedo attack and what he saw on his 35,000 ton battleship. - WWII
Sgt. George Hanes, 8th Armored Division, Co. A, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion / 4:39

In 1945, after his battalion secured a German outpost, George Hanes faced the unthinkable, "friendly fire." In this eye-opening account, he describes what happened one very frightening night. - WWII
Sgt. George Hanes, 8th Armored Division, Co. A, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion / 4:33

While taking German prisoners, Sgt. Hanes was surpised at how young many of them appeared. Here he shares how two farm women helped him capture four of them. - WWII
Sgt. George Hanes, 8th Armored Division, Co. A, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion / 2:01

In this chilling account, Sgt. Hanes recalls shooting and missing a German soldier and how he escaped heavy machine gun fire after his radio went dead. - WWII
Sgt. George Hanes, 8th Armored Division, Co. A, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion / 3:08

Witnessing the destruction of war, Sgt. Hanes describes how badly the Germans were hit, and a terrifying ride home on a ship slammed by sixty foot waves. - WWII
Sgt. George Hanes, 8th Armored Division, Co. A, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion / 4:39

In this chilling account, George Hanes describes an act of cruelty during hand to hand combat between his squadron leader and a German soldier. - WWII
Sgt. George Hanes, 8th Armored Division, Co. A, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion / 3:43

George Hanes relives the moments after a gun jammed while being fired at by the Germans. He also describes other types of artillery. - WWII
Sgt. George Hanes, 8th Armored Division, Co. A, 49th Armored Infantry Battalion / 3:01

In an eye opening account, Jake McNiece describes how trouble with the law led him to enlist in 1942, and how no one could talk him out of training for a dangerous job. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 2:43

Although his brother warned him not to join the paratroopers, Jake McNiece enlisted anyway. Here Jake relives the brutal training that prepared him for the grueling demands of war. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 3:53

Capt. Phillips describes how his high school ROTC training and living in an orphanage prepared him for World War II. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D, First Platoon / 1:52

As a machine gun platoon leader, Capt. Phillips recalls how accuracy was crucial during the training of U.S. troops as well as protecting them from the Germans. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D, First Platoon / 2:27

In this chilling account, Capt. Phillips relives the death and destruction he witnessed and talks about just how accurate the movie "Saving Private Ryan" was in recreating it. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D, First Platoon / 2:26

In one battle many people never heard of, Capt. Phillips tells how the Germans tried to "divide and conquer " as they did during the "Battle of the Bulge." - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D, First Platoon / 1:21

Facing certain death during battles with the Germans, Bob Phillips describes what forced his platoon to retreat as the enemy advanced. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D First Platoon / 1:04

In this chilling recollection, Capt. Phillips describes how he handled seeing dead bodies and the unbearable fear of enemy mortar fire. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D, First Platoon / 1:20

In this dramatic account, Capt. Phillips describes the fear he felt during German artillery attacks and how it affected him after the war. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D, First Platoon / 3:27

Jake McNiece reflects back on the trouble he caused while training for the Parachute Infantry and how he ended up in the stockade. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 8:26

In this account, Jake talks about living in a freezing cold stockade, how he taunted one of the captains, and why he thought being locked up was fun. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 1:50

In a march from Atlanta to Fort Benning, Jake McNiece relives a 142 mile trek and describes how the grueling exercise affected many of the troops. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 1:51

He was part of the most unruly unit of soldiers first called the "dirty five." Here he shares how they behaved as the group grew to become the "filthy thirteen." - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 4:15

In this vivid account, Jake McNiece talks about parachute school, how one of the boys froze before jumping, and what made every jump scarier than the one before. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 5:13

Training as a paratrooper, Jake McNiece relives the day to day rigors, jumping off towers, and becoming proficient with explosives and all forms of transportation. Here he colorfully describes the experience. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 3:56

In this humorous account, Jake McNiece laughingly recalls stealing a train, driving it back to camp and blowing up a tree behind a guard at Camp McCall. He tells what happened after he caused a heap of trouble. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 7:24

Sam Holliday remembers taking part in the battle of Many Fingered Hill, the last Chinese defensive position south of the 38th parallel. - Korea
Sam Holliday, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division / 09:00

Sam Holliday describes the planning and execution behind taking a well defended position from Chinese troops on "Triple Nickel Hill" (Hill 555), just north of the 38th parallel in North Korea. - Korea
Sam Holliday, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division / 16:19

Jake McNiece reflects back on how the health habits of the German soldiers led to lice and unsanitary conditions. Here he recalls how he avoided these issues while unexpectedly starting a popular new trend. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 4:14

In this chilling account, Jake McNiece relives a bayonnet assault on the Germans in France and describes a monument dedicated to the heavy losses his division endured. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 3:40

In this vivid account, Jake describes his dangerous assignment of blowing up bridges in France and what happened during fierce battles with the Germans. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 6:58

Recalling his jump into Normandy, Jake describes how he outsmarted the Germans with certain English words and the importance of using "crickets" on the battlefield. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 5:07

Jake McNiece talks about one chilling thought that he and his men may have felt as they flew on their dangerous mission into Normandy. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 1:09

Reflecting back Jake describes how two of his fellow soldiers were left for dead in Normandy and the shocking surprise of learning what really happened to them. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 8:12

Awarded medals, Jake and his men were honored in a French town when they were unexpectedly attacked. In this vivid account, he shares how that tragedy affected him and how he later hunted down snipers in a local church. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 7:01

In this dramatic recollection, Jake describes the smell of death in the air as he and his men took on the assignment of burying the dead. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 3:07

After fighting in Normandy, Jake received a seven day pass, but couldn't resist going AWOL. He humorously recalls what happened to him next. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 3:54

The jump into Holland to prevent the Germans from delivering supplies proved to be much more difficult and dangerous than expected, Jake vividly describes the "Market Garden" mission and why it eventually paid off. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 7:01

Leaving an indelible image in his mind, Jake McNiece describes a severely wounded soldier, and how he unexpectedly met him after going AWOL. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 3:15

In this compelling account, Jake McNiece compares the fighting in Normandy and Holland and explains how he adapted to very different life and death situations. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 4:41

In the city of Eindhoven, Jake warned one American officer that a German plane that appeared to be on fire was about to attack them on a bridge they had captured. In this compelling story, he tells what happened next. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 2:41

As an acting first Sargent, Jake McNiece led a group of paratroopers into Bastogne where the Germans were gaining ground. He describes how his plan helped win the Battle of the Bulge and a rare Presidential citation. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 12:56

A post-war visitor reveals what the Germans did to blonde haired blue-eyed girls during WWII and how U.S. paratroopers prevented unthinkable atrocities. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 3:15

Jake McNiece sums up the hellish pain of WWII, what it means to him, and how he feels about those who lost their lives. - WWII
Staff Sgt. Jake McNiece, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / :35

Newton Riess remembers his unit finding themselves surrounded by German troops in Tunisia, and taking a bullet to his helmet. - WWII
Newton Riess, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division / 02:24

In this gripping account, Capt. Phillips describes why one type of company was the most deadly, why he was told to volunteer, and the job he was eventually assigned to do. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D First Platoon / 1:23

Recalling his first visit to Normandy years after WWII, Bob Phillips describes the hill where he originally saw dead bodies. He also reflects back to the wartime vision of a burned out barn full of dead slave laborers. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D First Platoon / 3:25

In this embarrassing account, Capt. Phillips describes how he ended up on the ground after trying to to discipline a German soldier. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D First Platoon / 1:00

Capt. Phillips shares how he felt when he witnessed surrender and emotional breakdowns as WWII drew to a close. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D First Platoon / 2:09

In this humorous clip, Capt. Phillips talks about why he bet on soldiers who stole from the dead on both sides of the war. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D First Platoon / 1:01

At the end of the war, Capt. Phillips recalls his role in the occupation and the kindness American troops showed toward German children. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D First Platoon / :42

In Bastogne, Capt. Phillips fought with soldiers who had never been trained. Here he describes the dangers these troops posed and talks about a good friend who was one of them. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D First Platoon / 2:41

Lou Zoghby describes his company navigating through a dangerous mine field and simultaneous mortar attack in the darkness and cold of night during the Battle of the Bulge. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 3:32

Lou Zoghby remembers finding himself a pawn in some German soldiers' deadly game during the Battle of the Bulge. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 3:09

Lou Zoghby remembers a very close call from a mortar shell near Muenster, Germany, in the Spring of 1945. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 1:30

Vincent Melillo talks about being stationed on the Pusan Perimeter in Korea and the combat he faced after crossing the 38th parallel. - Korea
Vincent Melillo, 5th Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division / 2:26

Edd Claunch describes the strange lights of submarines surrounding his ship, how overtaking the Germans became a reality, and finding out what happened to his wounded brother. - WWII
Edd Claunch, 70th Infantry Division / 2:48

As American soldiers traveled through German villages, they took over and lived in the villagers' homes. Here Edd Claunch describes surprising reactions from German women and what they did next. - WWII
Edd Claunch, 70th Infantry Division / :55

Vincent Melillo, a member of Merrill's Marauders, recalls his first combat experience on Ledo Road in Burma in 1944, during which he lost two fellow soldiers. - WWII
Vincent Melillo, 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) / 3:43

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