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Only in War

Fred Pounds recounts an unsettling experience with German prisoners (Caution: Graphic) - WWII
Fred Pounds, 76th Infantry / 1:00

Glenn Gooch recounts the harrowing episode of his first combat experience in France - WWII
Glenn Gooch, 4th Infantry / 2:00

Jim Fletcher is left a very serious and familiar warning in Burma. - WWII
Jim Fletcher, OSS Detachment 101 / 2:46

Bob Keller and his unit come across a VC tunnel that he has to search alone. - Vietnam
Bob Keller, 5th Special Forces Group / 4:37

Ben Griffith's LST sustains an attack at sea that threatens to sink the ship. - WWII
Ben Griffith, USS LST 1028 / 4:45

During intense combat, and fearing for the lives of both their patients and themselves, Dr. Gary Hill's PSH is calmed by their spiritual leader. - WWII
Dr. Gary Hill, Medical Service Corps - Portable Surgical Hospital / 2:48

Arthur Crowe recalls stumbling upon a German rally point while the 9th Infantry moved to isolate the German troops on the north end of the Cherbourg Peninsula. - WWII
Arthur Crowe, 9th Infantry Division Artillery / 4:32

Arthur Crowe recalls how he watched from a plateau as a German unit, isolated in the winter wilderness, is targeted by artillery and fighter planes on strafing runs. - WWII
Arthur Crowe, 9th Infantry Division Artillery / 1:30

Claude Nunnally tells of the involvement of the USS Wilson in the Able shot of Operation Crossroads, the first nuclear test detonation after the end of the war. The event took place on July 1, 1946 at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. - WWII
Claude Nunnally, USS Wilson (DD-408) / 3:37

On October 13, 1942, Frank Pomroy and his unit try to survive a Japanese bombing run on an airport on the island of Guadalcanal. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines / 4:52

Frank Pomroy recounts the injury of friend and fellow Marine, Ben Coffee, while in combat on Peleliu. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines / 2:10

Col. Jack Jacobs (ret.) expounds on the world of the soldier and their status as professionals. - Vietnam
Col. Jack Jacobs (ret.), U.S. Military Assistance Command / 2:13

From a ship off the coast of Iwo Jima, H.T. Maclin and others watch the Marines attempt to climb the slopes of Mt. Suribachi. - WWII
H.T. Maclin, Hospital Corpsman, USS Anzio (CVE-57) / 3:43

H.T. Maclin goes through the harrowing journey of Task Force 38, under the command of Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, as they get caught in the powerful Typhoon Cobra. - WWII
H.T. Maclin, Hospital Corpsman, USS Anzio (CVE-57) / 9:49

H.T. Maclin recalls how Typhoon Cobra caused him to bond with a fellow shipmate and take new stock of his world. - WWII
H.T. Maclin, Hospital Corpsman, USS Anzio (CVE-57) / 7:22

Col. Harold Weekley (ret.) lands relatively unharmed in France after bailing out of his bomber, only to be faced with survival behind enemy lines. - WWII
Col. Harold Weekley (ret.), 398th Bomb Group / 7:07

At the end of the war in Europe, Lew Jenkins gets attached to an Allied effort to re-settle the displaced persons who fled to Austria during the course of the war. - WWII
Lew Jenkins, 101st Field Artillery Regiment / 5:13

While in the Pacific Theater, Demming Fairbanks is grounded from flying due to catching typhus. - WWII
Demming Fairbanks, 43rd Bomb Group, 5th Air Force / 1:10

Jim Sanders describes an unfortunate incident he witnessed while training at the Marine Air Corps station at Miramar. - WWII
Jim Sanders, 8th Service Regiment / 01:07

Howard Green describes a psychological weapon the German army would use against invading troops. - WWII
Howard Green, 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron - Mechanized / :40

Harold Vrono recalls an unsettling surprise while trying to enjoy a meal within German territory in 1944. - WWII
Harold Vrono, 26th Infantry Division / :26

Harold Vrono talks about a time when he and six other soldiers were tasked with escorting 250 German prisoners. - WWII
Harold Vrono, 26th Infantry Division / :54

Lucy Cline (Huie) tells an amusing story of running into a former military hospital patient on the street. - WWII
Lucy Cline (Huie), Special Services / 01:42

Boyd McKeown remembers how uncomfortable accomodations, while being transported across Europe during World War II, were made a little easier with a taste of French culture. - WWII
Boyd McKeown, 589th Army Air Force Band / 04:43

Robert H. Harris describes a seemingly miraculous event while transporting a P-38 aircraft from California to Texas. - WWII
Robert H. Harris, Army Air Corps / 02:12

Robert H. Harris briefly talks about a dangerous belief that Chinese civilians had regarding aircraft. - WWII
Robert H. Harris, Army Air Corps / :27

Nimrod "Mac" McNair remembers a time he was stuck in the Vietnamese jungle and received an unpleasant surprise from one of the local residents. - Vietnam
Nimrod McNair, U.S. Air Force / 01:58

Gus Richardson recalls the circumstances around becoming the only Marine from his hometown to survive their tour in the Pacific during World War II. - WWII
Gus Richardson, 3rd Marine Division / 01:33

Ricard Fiske acknowledges the hard work and strong will the many women at Pearl Harbor showed in caring for their wouned service members after the Japanese attack. Footage donated by Bill Shea. - WWII
Richard Fiske, USS West Virginia / 01:32

While stationed near Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge, Robert Walker describes the terrible weather conditions that kept his bomber squadron grounded and unable to help the troops in the trenches. - WWII
Robert Walker, 9th Air Force / 3:35

While serving in a segregated unit tasked with maintaining transportation routes near the "Burma Road" leading from India into China, Charlie Surry recalls taking cover during a Japanese attack. - WWII
Charlie Surry, 382nd Engineer Battalion / 01:21

Deployed to North Africa in 1943, James Everett recalls seeing his first German soldier and debating whether or not to shoot. Footage donated by Sarah Goor. - WWII
James Everett, U.S. Army / :58

Roger Jones remembers responding to shots fired during his first stressful night on duty in the canal zone in Panama in 1943. - WWII
Roger Jones, 6th Air Force, Army Air Corps / 03:01

Maria Hirschmann remembers how head-strong and self-assured the Nazi forces were right up until the end of World War II. - WWII
Maria Hirschmann, Nazi Youth / 01:10

Robert Self describes the painful air pressure effects of diving too fast in an aircraft without protective gear. - Korea
Robert Self, U.S. Navy / 02:22

Joseph Butler briefly describes the terrible sights he witnessed at one concentration camp after the end of World War II. - WWII
Joseph Butler, 111th Field Artillery, 29th Infantry Division / :50

Arnold Whittaker describes the dichotomy between anonymous replacements and bonded soldiers. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 01:28

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. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 03:24

Arnold Whittaker describes the last words he often heard from dying soldiers. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 01:13

Nathan Radin extols the value and virtue of the non combat servicemen and women. - WWII
Nathan Radin, 939th Petroleum Products Unit / 1:00

Elmer Foytan recalls some of the punishments issued by instructors and fellow Marines during boot camp in 1940. - WWII
Elmer Foytan, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 02:01

Bernard Kofsky comments on the damage that England suffered from bombing attacks during World War II. - WWII
Bernard Kofsky, 8th Air Force / 01:40

Upon first entering the Army in 1942 as a second lieutenant, Frank Gleason remembers being tasked with training a negro troop. - WWII
Frank Gleason, Office of Strategic Services / 01:07

Frank Gleason repeats a warning his uncle gave him at the beginning of World War II, and how it proved true in North Africa. - WWII
Frank Gleason, Office of Strategic Services / 01:04

While on bridge-destroying missions in China, Frank Gleason recalls confronting one general about friendly fire from aircraft in the area. - WWII
Frank Gleason, Office of Strategic Services / :52

Frank Gleason describes the poor conditions of the people and the heavy corruption in the Chinese government that ultimately led to their weakness against the Japanese during World War II. - WWII
Frank Gleason, Office of Strategic Services / 01:34

Ralph Gher recalls an accident involving a technician and a plane's prop. - WWII
Ralph Gher, Navy Aviation Cadet / 0:47

Ralph Gher recounts the story of a landing accident involving two planes and a poorly trained French cadet. - WWII
Ralph Gher, Navy Aviation Cadet / 1:05

Howell "Hal" Titshaw remembers getting caught in the middle of an air raid while on R&R in Italy, and facing the fear of courtmartial charges shortly afterwards. - WWII
Howell Titshaw, 504th Military Police Battalion / 03:09

Howell "Hal" Titshaw speaks frankly about how cruel the French people were to German prisoners of war during and after World War II. - WWII
Howell Titshaw, 504th Military Police Battalion / 01:27

On the island of New Guinea in 1944, Ed Callahan recalls his company capturing a dozen Japanese soldiers and the resulting conflict that arose about what to do with the prisoners who "had been eating our dead". - WWII
Ed Callahan, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment / 01:40

John Bullard recalls how his commanding officer was tasked with delivering the terms of the Japanese surrender to the US Congress. - WWII
John Bullard, 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division / 0:41

John B. Hulsey remembers a surprise visit from a Japanese soldier while his unit was watching a movie at their camp in the Pacific. - WWII
John B. Hulsey, Special Task Air Group (STAG) One / 01:01

Kenneth discusses his first combat mission that involves a fatal tragedy. - WWII
Kenneth Powell, Pilot, 1st Lt., U.S. Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 401st Bomb Group / 1:02

Harry shares his tragedy of his flight suit failing during a mission, and the results that followed. - WWII
Harry Burnette, Gunner, 524th Bomb Squadron (H), 379th Bomb Group (H) / 4:04

Greg shares the deep emotion between his sister and himself the day he left for Vietnam. - Vietnam
Greg Camp, Co. Commander, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 1:36

Marvin Dyer describes a defensive trick that German U-boats would pull during combat with the Allies during World War II. - WWII
Marvin Dyer, USS Hammann / 02:07

Marvin Dyer remembers the dangers that naval convoys faced from both Germans and the weather in the North Atlantic. - WWII
Marvin Dyer, USS Hammann / 01:35

Even before the Pearl Harbor attack, Marvin Dyer talks about how the U.S. would have inevitably joined the war effort against the Axis powers during World War II. - WWII
Marvin Dyer, USS Hammann / 01:02

Marvin Dyer describes how "picket ships" such as his were used to make radar sweeps looking for Soviet aircraft during the Cold War. - Cold War
Marvin Dyer, USS Wagner / 01:26

John Gannon, a naval gun captain, illustrates the procedure for firing some of the larger ship-mounted turrets. - WWII
John Gannon, USS New York / 01:35

John Gannon talks about the dangers that would arise from carelessness aboard naval vessels. - WWII
John Gannon, USS New York / 01:49

Rob describes civilian attacks on ROTC trainee's during the beginning of his military career. - Vietnam
Robert Doll, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 2:35

Harvard Kniffen tells the amusing story of the time he caught the thief who had been stealing precious candy-bars at his camp in England. - WWII
Harvard Kniffen, 493rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force / 01:01

Al Varner remembers watching Marines invade Guam from aboard his Navy ship, and remarking at how different their situations were during the war. - WWII
Al Varner, USS Idaho / :47

Al Varner describes the "hang fire" issue that could occur to battleship turrets, and the dangerous job of disarming them. - WWII
Al Varner, USS Idaho / 2:39

Al Varner describes his job as a naval gunfire liaison aboard the USS Idaho. - WWII
Al Varner, USS Idaho / :53

Colin Monteith describes the last moments of Army General Simon Buckner, who has killed by Japanese artillery fire during the Battle of Okinawa in 1944. - WWII
Colin Monteith III, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division / 01:01

While training for the Normandy invasion, Philip Carney remembers volunteering for a peculiar task. - WWII
Philip Carney, HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division / 03:15

Orval Kitsmiller describes the artillery attack during which he was injured in Italy, and his subsequent medical treatment. - WWII
Orval Kitsmiller, 3654th Tank Truck Company / 02:37

Orval Kitsmiller discusses the natural advantages and disadvantages of fighting a war on land versus fighting one on the sea. - WWII
Orval Kitsmiller, 1st Armored Division / 02:13

Vincent Vivardo reflects back on some of the action his Marine unit saw on Guadalcanal during World War II. - WWII
Vincent Vivardo, 1st Marine Division / 02:24

Vincent Vivardo recalls pulling a prank on famed Marine "Chesty" Puller while deployed in the Pacific. - WWII
Vincent Vivardo, 1st Marine Division / 01:52

Bill Small remembers how the U.S. troops under Gen. MacArthur attempted to retake the Philippines after being overrun earlier by the Japanese. - WWII
Bill Small, USS Hercules / 02:52

Bill Small describes how U.S. forces attempted to ensure victory while taking islands in the Pacific. - WWII
Bill Small, USS Hercules / :46

David Reiss describes the types of care his hospital unit would provide for combat troops in Italy, and recalls one incident with a German bomber. - WWII
David Reiss, 64th General Hospital / 02:18

While on a mission building bridges along the Rhine River, Charles Felner remembers watching Winston Churchill's famous crossing of the river into Germany in 1945. - WWII
Charles Felner, 171st Engineer Combat Battalion, 13th Corps, 9th Army / 09:27

Sally Harms, a Red Cross worker, remembers her transport ship outrunning German submarines as they made their way from the U.S. to North Africa during World War II. - WWII
Sally Harms, Red Cross / :45

Sally Harms describes her duties as a Red Cross Program Director entertaining the troops during World War II. - WWII
Sally Harms, Red Cross / 01:01

While serving as a Red Cross Program Director, Sally Harms remembers how she and other American troops spent time with the American Ambassador in Italy during the war. - WWII
Sally Harms, Red Cross / 02:42

Larry Gardner recalls an amusing story about his company happening across a lone German soldier. - WWII
Larry Gardner, 44th Division, 71st Regiment, Company B / 01:07

After the end of World War II, Larry Gardner discusses how he felt veterans were treated unfairly regarding surplus military vehicles. - WWII
Larry Gardner, 44th Division, 71st Regiment, Company B / 01:33

Herb Schreibman remembers how the Japanese and island natives would scavenge rotten meat and waste from U.S. troops in the Pacific. - WWII
Herb Schreibman, U.S. Navy 20th Seabees / :38

Fred Simonini remembers an amusing but dangerous trick that the experienced Hospital Corps personnel would play on new nurses on the island of Leyte. - WWII
Fred Simonini, 57th Portable Surgical Hospital / :48

While stationed in the Philippines, Fred Simonini recalls his hospital unit taking in a small army of surrendered Japanese soldiers. - WWII
Fred Simonini, 57th Portable Surgical Hospital / 01:04

Peter DiFoggio talks about the destruction that German V-1 "Buzz Bombs" did to London and the surrounding area. - WWII
Peter DiFoggio, 366th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force / 01:10

After fighting in World War II, Peter DiFoggio describes the cramped return home aboard the RMS Queen Mary. - WWII
Peter DiFoggio, 366th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force / 02:29

Mr. Abrahamson describes working on a German farm during WWII. - WWII
Bob Abrahamson, U.S. Army, 2nd Battalion, 141st Regiment, 36th Inf. Div. / 7:17

Frank Nilson describes the role of his Navy unit, ACORN 29. - WWII
Frank Nilson, ACORN 29 / 01:14

Mr. Wilson discusses being stung by a jellyfish while stationed overseas, as well as the difficulty of replacing an officer. - Korea
Bob Wilson, U.S. Army Air Corps, 159th Field Artillery Battalion, Amphibious Transport / 1:18

Mr. Wilson describes the bad whiskey served to American soldiers by Philippine natives that led to illness and death. - Korea
Bob Wilson, U.S. Army Air Corps, 159th Field Artillery Battalion, Amphibious Transport / 1:29

Mr. Wilson explains the difficulties that come alone with becoming and sustaining the position of a forward observer. - Korea
Bob Wilson, U.S. Army Air Corps, 159th Field Artillery Battalion, Amphibious Transport / 2:32

Harold Latham remembers his "first taste of war" when his Coast Guard group was approached by German U-boats while training in Scotland. - WWII
Harold Latham, USS Bayfield, Coast Guard / 01:12

Harold Latham describes taking part in the invasion of Southern France in 1944. - WWII
Harold Latham, USS Bayfield, Coast Guard / 01:13

After the invasion of Okinawa, Harold Latham describes finding a surprisingly different challenge on the beach. - WWII
Harold Latham, USS Bayfield, Coast Guard / 01:14

While fighting in France, Harold Latham recalls having to deal with a cow which threatened to give away his position. - WWII
Harold Latham, USS Bayfield, Coast Guard / 01:38

Harold Latham shows a collection of rocks which he liberated from Adolf Hitler's home in Berchtesgaden, Germany. - WWII
Harold Latham, USS Bayfield, Coast Guard / :50

Being unaccustomed to sea travel, Benjamin Epstein finds humor in the discomfort he and other troops experienced while being transported across the Atlantic on the USAT Dorchester. - WWII
Benjamin Epstein, U.S. Army Air Corps / 04:17

While working with German translators during the liberation of the concentration camp at Dachau, Robert Fischle recollects one German officer's opinion on why American soldiers won World War II. - WWII
Robert Fischle, 390th Anti-Aircraft Automatic Weapons Battalion / :44

After his Merchant Marine ship delivered a load of supplies to an Italian port, Dexter Briggs recalls a bombing attack which led a few soldiers to take cover in an unfortunate location. - WWII
Dexter Briggs, Navy Armed Guard / 01:19

Chaplain DeLoss Marken shares an amusing story of a USO visit by actress Jayne Mansfield during World War II. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken, 34th Infantry Division / 04:09

Diz Hanbey recalls a conversation she had with a fellow veteran who had been misled about the promiscuity of female service members during World War II. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio-only. - WWII
Diz Hanbey, U.S. Navy / 01:50

Diz Hanbey remembers the harassment one of her fellow female sailors received from her own husband after she made the decision to join the Navy during World War II. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Diz Hanbey, U.S. Navy / 01:59

Ernie Heaton shares the social difficulties his son experienced after coming home from the war in Vietnam. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - Vietnam
Ernie Heaton, / 02:07

Mr. Cochran discusses a tragic loss of a fellow soldier in a church steeple. - WWII
David Cochran, U.S. Army, 81st Chemical Battalion / 1:18

Mr. Cochran describes an incident involving friendly fire in an apple orchard in France. - WWII
David Cochran, U.S. Army, 81st Chemical Battalion / :46

Mr. Savage describes stealing and taking care of a Japanese cavalry horse. - WWII
Hoyt Savage, U.S. Army, 789th MP Battalion / 2:24

Mr. Savage discusses purchasing and befriending a monkey from a family in the Philippines. - WWII
Hoyt Savage, U.S. Army, 789th MP Battalion / 2:23

Bob Argo shares a few of the amusing moments from life on his Navy ship in the Pacific. - WWII
Bob Argo, USS Machias / 05:52

Shortly after the end of the Korean War, John Overbeck recalls spending a year in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the North Korean border. - Korea
John Overbeck, 24th Reconnaissance Company / 01:24

George Barber remarks at how they would share their rations with both the less-provided-for Italian sailors and children. - WWII
George Barber, USS Denebola (AD-12) / 01:01

After taking over Hitler's hometown of Berchtesgaden, Germany, Daymon Mathis recalls discovering maternity barracks for Hitler Youth children. - WWII
Daymon Mathis, Anti-Tank Company, 327th Glider Infantry, 101st Airborne Division / 01:00

Mr. Winters briefly discusses a rescue mission in Reims, France that he and his crew were asked to participate in. - WWII
Robert Winters, U.S. Air Corps, 320th Bomb Group / :33

Mr. Wong discusses traveling heavily over one mile on foot in under an hour's time with his amphibious command. - WWII
Arthur Wong, U.S. Army, 28th Infantry Division, 110th Reg., 3rd Battalion / 3:49

Joe Wyche recalls how the poor economic times of the Great Depression led him to join the Army in the late 1930s. - WWII
Joe Wyche, U.S. Army / 01:35

Doug Huggins recalls a few chance events which had a great impact on his life in the Navy. - WWII
Doug Huggins, USS St. Louis / 01:55

Carlene Knoll-Arambula recalls a valuable teamwork lesson learned during Navy bootcamp. Provided by Bob Stevens, the Veterans' Forum.
Carlene Knoll-Arambula, U.S. Navy / 02:55

Gery Benedetti remembers how easily troops acquired gear, supplies and food from the local Vietnamese children, sometimes with tragic results. Provided by Bob Stevens, the Veterans' Forum. - Vietnam
Gery Benedetti, Navy Seabees / 03:26

Michael Rochelau remembers surviving a violent tropical storm in the Pacific which claimed several U.S. aircraft. Provided by Bob Stevens, the Veterans' Forum. - WWII
Michael Rochelau, U.S. Army Air Corps / 01:34

Mr. Miller discusses arriving on New Guinea and describes the methods that the U.S. Army used to eliminate Japanese forces that hid within caves. - WWII
John Miller, U.S. Army, Auto Mechanic, 41st Inf. Div., 741st Ordnance Co. / 1:58

Mr. Watkinson shares a funny incident between he and a fellow shipmate involving heavily armed explosives. - WWII
Bill Watkinson, U.S. Navy, Fighter Pilot, VF-9, VF-88 Squadrons, USS Yorktown / 1:17

Mr. Couillard discusses facing horrific typhoons while aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown. - WWII
Ben Couillard, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Yorktown, V1-T Division / 3:16

In the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, Ivan Booke recalls being asked to help clean up dead bodies. Provided by Mike Coen, Veterans History Project. - WWII
Ivan Booke, USS Enterprise / 01:51

After surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ivan Booke remembers taking part in the first strike on Japanese forces in the Pacific. Provided by Mike Coen, Veterans History Project. - WWII
Ivan Booke, USS Enterprise / 03:07

Julius Guest describes the constant bombardment that London received during World War II. - WWII
Julius Guest, 369th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force / 01:41

Julius Guest talks about how the Air Corps lost more troops in World War II than any other branch. - WWII
Julius Guest, 369th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force / :47

Mr. Consolo discusses working on Incinerator Detail while aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown and witnessing a bomb come through the side of the ship. - WWII
Anthony Consolo, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Yorktown / 3:42

Mr. Cheatham describes his experiences during the invasion of Leyte Island in the Philippines. - WWII
Bill Cheatham, U.S. Army Air Corps, 866th Engineer Aviation Battalion / 3:31

Mr. Cheatham shares a funny incident involving fermented fruit while stationed on New Guinea. - WWII
Bill Cheatham, U.S. Army Air Corps, 866th Engineer Aviation Battalion / 3:51

Mr. Cheatham discusses being accidentally stabbed in the leg when he played a prank on a fellow soldier. - WWII
Bill Cheatham, U.S. Army Air Corps, 866th Engineer Aviation Battalion / 3:18

Jim Kiney recalls how German prisoners of war would get annoyed at how lighthearted some of the American troops acted. - WWII
Jim Kiney, 65th Infantry Division, Third Army / 01:11

Doug Embry recalls witnessing the Japanese Peace Delegation landing on Manila to meet with General MacArthur at the end of World War II. - WWII
Doug Embry, 341st Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force / 03:23

B.J. Miller shares his experiences during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. - WWII
B.J. Miller, U.S. Navy / 07:27

Mrs. Bacon discusses her duties as a U.S. Army nurse while serving in England. - WWII
Dorothy Bacon, U.S. Army Nurse Corp., 53rd General Hospital / 2:37

Mr. Morris describes his experiences upon his arrival to Korea. - WWII
Ben Morris, U.S. Army Air Force, 502nd Tactical Control, Group 607 Aircraft Control / 2:30

Mr. Davis discusses his assigned duties as a Bomber while stationed in Australia. - WWII
Roy Davis, U.S. Army Air Corps, 3rd Bomb Group, 5th Air Force / 3:50

Mr. Crews describes the duties and effectiveness of converted shrimp boats during WWII. - WWII
Cleon Crews, U.S. Navy, Blimp Service, Hedron Sqd., 2-USS LSM / 3:56

Mr. Kessler describes being five miles away from his men and completing a dangerous task commanded by his Colonel. - Korea
Bob Kessler, U.S. Army, 2nd Infantry Division, Forward Observer / 1:28

Mr. Kessler discusses playing a joke on a new Lieutenant while defending Washington. - Vietnam
Bob Kessler, U.S. Army, 2nd Infantry Division, Forward Observer / 1:26

Ken Jordan remembers uncovering German booby-traps in Aachen, Germany, in 1945. - WWII
Ken Jordan, 1253rd Engineer Combat Battalion / 01:50

Mr. Caddel discusses the funny incidents that led him to joining the U.S. Navy. - WWII
Jack Caddel, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown / 2:49

Frank Pomroy describes how the Battle of Savo Island was the Navy's greatest defeat during World War II due primarily to Japan's night-fighting superiority. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division / 01:43

Roland Glenn gives an example of how hard-pressed the Japanese troops were for supplies on the island of Saipan. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / :54

As a wartime photographer, Vaughan Pitman recalls a memorable image that was taken in St. Lo, France, in 1944. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Vaughan Pitman, Air Services Group, 36th Fighter Group / 03:12

Vaughan Pitman shows off two cameras, an aircraft-mounted combat camera and a 4” x 5” Speed Graphic press camera, which were commonly used during World War II. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Vaughan Pitman, Air Services Group, 36th Fighter Group / 05:02

Bernard Goodman explains how his unit was prepared to invade mainland Japan if the Japanese had not surrendered. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Bernard Goodman, 1892nd Engineer Aviation Battalion / :59

Frank Blanciforte recalls a conversation he had with a German prisoner of war who had been an American citizen. - WWII
Frank Blanciforte, Merchant Marines / 01:29

Demester Dunaway recalls the sights from marching through Nagasaki a month after the atomic bomb explosion. - WWII
Demester Dunaway, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division / 01:02

After being stationed in Hawaii, Frank Connolly recalls shipping out to Okinawa just in time for his minesweeper ship to come face to face with a typhoon. - WWII
Frank Connolly, USS YMS-422 / 02:58

Frank Connolly recalls one memorable crash aboard the USS Essex while supporting airstrikes in the Pacific. - WWII
Frank Connolly, USS Essex / 02:24

Fred Springs shares one particularly gory accident aboard the USS Yorktown flight deck. - WWII
Fred Springs, USS Yorktown (CV-10) / 01:07

Fred Springs talks about performing burials at sea aboard the USS Yorktown. - WWII
Fred Springs, USS Yorktown (CV-10) / :52

Fred Springs shares a funny moment regarding lunch on the rough seas. - WWII
Fred Springs, USS Yorktown (CV-10) / 01:21

Robert Rutledge describes a few of his responsibilities in helping secure landing aircraft aboard the USS Yorktown. - WWII
Robert Rutledge, USS Yorktown (CV-10) / 03:01

Robert Rutledge remarks at how his ship managed to survive the deadly typhoons in the Pacific. - WWII
Robert Rutledge, USS Yorktown (CV-10) / 01:31

Wallace Shipp, a hospital corpsman, recalls taking part in the invasion of Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in early 1944. - WWII
Wallace Shipp, USS Callaway, USCG / 02:47

Mr. Gaston describes a recon mission assigned by Major Eisenhower when his company happened to scare away Chinese forces. - Korea
James Gaston, U.S. Army, 3rd Infantry Div., 3rd Recon Company / 5:49

Mr. Goodwin discusses capturing and transporting Japanese prisoners from New Guinea to the United States. - WWII
Jim Goodwin, U.S. Navy, USS Republic, Troop Transport, AP33 / 2:51

Mr. Goodwin discusses experiencing head hunters selling pictures of decapitated Japanese soldiers on an island in the Pacific. - WWII
Jim Goodwin, U.S. Navy, USS Republic, Troop Transport, AP33 / :33

Mr. Goodwin describes a gambling ring that he and his fellow sailors used on their way back to the States. - WWII
Jim Goodwin, U.S. Navy, USS Republic, Troop Transport, AP33 / :54

Mr. Powell describes the circumstances of his rough trip from the U.S. to Europe on an English ship. - WWII
Charlie Powell, U.S. Army, 564th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion / 1:37

Mr. Powell discusses getting lost in France due to misdirection by his 2nd Lt. - WWII
Charlie Powell, U.S. Army, 564th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion / 1:14

Mr. Powell describes being badly wounded during a gasoline explosion and shares what he experienced while in the hospital. - WWII
Charlie Powell, U.S. Army, 564th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion / 1:52

Mr. Buffington describes guarding Japanese prisoners as his first job overseas. - WWII
Arthur Buffington, U.S. Army Air Force, 316th Bomber Wing / 2:17

Mr. Coleman shares a funny incident between he and his new captain when he boarded his ship for the first time. - WWII
Charles Coleman, U.S. Navy, USS Proserpine / 2:40

Mr. Coleman describes how a Japanese fighter pilot escaped a Kamikaze attack and was taken prisoner by American forces. - WWII
Charles Coleman, U.S. Navy, USS Achilles / :49

Stuart Meridan remembers one tactic used by soldiers to get off the frontlines. - WWII
Stuart Meridan, Company D, Medical Battalion, 91st Infantry Division / :40

Stuart Meridan describes his closest call with artillery fire in Northern Italy. - WWII
Stuart Meridan, Company D, Medical Battalion, 91st Infantry Division / 02:44

Jim Petrakos recalls taking part in Operation Market Garden in September of 1944. - WWII
Jim Petrakos, 79th Squadron, 436th Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force / 01:57

Jim Petrakos remembers taking part in an air assault across the Rhine River, a mission during which several fellow airmen were shot down. - WWII
Jim Petrakos, 79th Squadron, 436th Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force / 03:40

Jim Petrakos shares a mysterious memory of an unexpected visitor while flying over Europe during World War II. - WWII
Jim Petrakos, 79th Squadron, 436th Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force / 02:29

Mr. Tollman describes his worst experience while on Guadalcanal. - WWII
Robert Tollman, U.S. Marines, Marine Air Group 14 / 1:04

Mr. Tollman briefly describes the bizarre behavior of a soldier on Guadalcanal. - WWII
Robert Tollman, U.S. Marines, Marine Air Group 14 / :25

Mr. Daniel discusses a funny incident that occurred during his time training with the Army. - WWII
William Daniel, U.S. Army, Signal Group, 526th Signal Installation Company / :49

Mr. Daniel describes his rough trip to Europe aboard an older ship. - WWII
William Daniel, U.S. Army, Signal Group, 526th Signal Installation Company / 2:18

Mr. Daniel describes the struggles he and his men faced during a supply mission in southern France. - WWII
William Daniel, U.S. Army, Signal Group, 526th Signal Installation Company / 2:27

Mr. Virden discusses the difficult situation that he and his men experienced during the last several months of their tour. - Korea
Wiley Virden, U.S. Army, 45th Inf. Div., Co. I, Thunderbird / 1:41

While heading into the Marshall Islands, Ed Cope remembers his landing craft beaching on a reef resulting in him being declared MIA for a week, and saving a fellow sailor's life in the meantime. - WWII
Edward Cope, Navy, USS Callaway (U.S. Coast Guard-manned attack transport) / 03:57

Having served as a radioman aboard the USS Callaway, Ed Cope recalls one humorous mistake made by a fellow sailor. - WWII
Edward Cope, Navy, USS Callaway (U.S. Coast Guard-manned attack transport) / 01:46

Heyward Cox recalls being put in a dangerous situation by his own landing craft captain while landing at Omaha Beach. - WWII
Heyward Cox, 1st Military Railway Battalion / 06:45

Heyward Cox remembers the only casualty from his battalion during World War II. - WWII
Heyward Cox, 1st Military Railway Battalion / 01:30

Leland Kindred describes his first experience in the air while training to be a pilot during World War II. - WWII
Leland Kindred, 86th Combat Mapping Squadron, 7th Air Force / 01:38

Leland Kindred recalls buzzing his hometown during an aircraft training mission. - WWII
Leland Kindred, 86th Combat Mapping Squadron, 7th Air Force / 01:58

Jack Wheeler remembers his first patient while serving as the sole medical corpsman on the USS Dour. - WWII
Jack Wheeler, USS Dour (AM 223) / 02:42

While serving on a minesweeper ship, Jack Wheeler describes his first experience with an exploding mine. - WWII
Jack Wheeler, USS Dour (AM 223) / :30

Mr. Hanlein shares how a kind German family baked him a cake for his twenty-first birthday nearing the end of the war. - WWII
Bill Hanlein, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 328 Combat Eng. / 2:45

Mr. Motte briefly describes a rebellion he participated in at Davidson College during his time in training. - WWII
Elmer Motte, U.S. Air Force, 20th Air Force / :43

Mr. Motte describes how he and his crew found themselves lost during one of their missions and how they found their way back to base. - WWII
Elmer Motte, U.S. Air Force, 20th Air Force / 1:19

Dennis Daniel recalls witnessing an unfortunate accident while preparing for a bombing mission during World War II. - WWII
Dennis Daniel, 781st Bomb Squadron, 465th Heavy Bomb Group, 15th Air Force / 01:19

Mr. Barron describes the harsh living conditions he experienced while serving in England. - WWII
Ralph Barron, 8th Air Force, 44th Bomb Group, 68th Squadron / 1:12

Mr. Flanders describes how he and additional medics would treat shrapnel wounds during the war. - WWII
Edsel Flanders, U.S. Army, 7th Armored Division / 2:26

Mr. Flanders briefly discusses aiding British forces during Operation Market Garden. - WWII
Edsel Flanders, U.S. Army, 7th Armored Division / :49

Mr. Matthews discusses what it was like to be informed of his brother's death during the war. - WWII
Harold Matthews, U.S. Army, Quartermaster, 5th Army / 2:08

Mr. Matthews describes what daily life was like and the living conditions he experienced while serving in Africa. - WWII
Harold Matthews, U.S. Army, Quartermaster, 5th Army / 2:38

Mr. Walker briefly discusses how he became a pilot for the United States Army Air Corps. - WWII
Harold Walker, U.S. Army Air Corps, 505th Bombardment, 20th Air Force, 313th Wing / :43

Robert Vaucher shares the story of a widow taking a trip to visit the location of her husband's death during World War II. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Robert Vaucher, U.S. Army Air Corps / 03:55

Robert Vaucher recalls a woman's search for her missing brother who had crashed in the Himalayas during World War II. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Robert Vaucher, U.S. Army Air Corps / 02:40

Mr. Banister discusses what it was like to serve as a doctor's assistant and give penicillin to many patients. - WWII
Andy Banister, U.S. Army, Medical Dept., 129th General Hospital / 1:09

Ed Harrell makes the case that invading the island of Peleliu was a costly mistake on the Pacific front. - WWII
Ed Harrell, USS Indianapolis / 01:38

Ed Harrell recalls the bombardment of the island of Okinawa prior to the landing-force invasion. - WWII
Ed Harrell, USS Indianapolis / 01:24

Mr. Boyce discusses working with many Kurds and Iraqi civilians for about a year following the end of the first Gulf War. - Gulf War
Michael Boyce, USMC, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expedition Brigade, 1st-4th Air Wings / 1:09

After leaving the Solomon Islands, Mr. Pettersen recalls experiencing the mother of all storms while in route to Sydney, Australia. - WWII
John Pettersen, U.S. Navy, USS Fletcher / :36

After the end of World War II, Milton Glass describes the task of trying to get Japanese civilians out of China. - WWII
Milton Glass, 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 02:03

James Arsenault remembers the terrible scene he witnessed arriving in Naples, Italy, shortly after the Battle of Naples. - WWII
James Arsenault, Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / :38

Mr. Ingle describes joining the 10th army, building Quonset huts, and witnessing the aftermath of the battle on Okinawa. - WWII
Jim Ingle, U.S. Army, 10th Army, Signal Corps / 2:44

Bob Schmutzler remarks on why prostitution was legalized near military bases in Hawaii. - WWII
Bob Schmutzler, Battery F, 251st Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) / :60

Bob Schmutzler remembers his feeling of invincibility as a young man fighting in World War II. - WWII
Bob Schmutzler, Battery F, 251st Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) / 01:07

Bob Schmutzler gives a brief history lesson on how the Japanese became entrenched in so many of the islands in the Pacific. - WWII
Bob Schmutzler, Battery F, 251st Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) / :43

Mr. Coalson recalls accidentally dropping a grenade outside of a bunker and having to retrieve it in the middle of combat. - Vietnam
Tony Coalson , U.S. Army, 21st Aviation Company, First Field Force, Air America / 1:18

Mr. Applefield recalls coming in contact with German troops and nearly shooting an Ally. - WWII
Milton Applefield, U.S. Army, 1303rd Engineers, HQ Company / 1:12

Mr. Applefield describes the role he served in as an Army Engineer. - WWII
Milton Applefield, U.S. Army, 1303rd Engineers, HQ Company / :32

Mr. Murphy describes the fear that consumed him during his first flight experience. - WWII
Bob Murphy, U.S. Navy / 1:49

Mr. Fite describes the duties he served as a Reverend for two years during the Korean War on the USS Frontier and USS General Mitchell. - WWII
Mark Fite, U.S. Navy, USS Frontier, USS General Mitchell / 1:33

Mr. Murphy recalls practicing landing on carriers to qualify for combat. - WWII
Bob Murphy, U.S. Navy / 1:08

Mr. Dendy describes what his interactions with civilians in Algiers were like. - WWII
Milton Dendy, U.S. Army, 74th Coast Artillery Regt., 2nd Battalion, HQ Battery / :39

Mr. Denton discusses what led him to joining the Merchant Marines, and describes his rough experiences from traveling back and forth across the Pacific. - WWII
Bennie Denton, U.S. Merchant Marines, SS Henry Dodge / 1:40

Mr. Denton describes the supplies and the men that the SS Henry Dodge was composed of. - WWII
Bennie Denton, U.S. Merchant Marines, SS Henry Dodge / :56

Mr. Denton describes the rough waters he experienced while traveling to and from Iceland upon the MV Buntline Hitch and the Blue Ridge Victory. - WWII
Bennie Denton, U.S. Merchant Marines, MV Buntline Hitch, Blue Ridge Victory / 1:07

Mr. Tanga discusses the time he spent at Pearl Harbor before the war broke out. - WWII
Pat Tanga, U.S. Army / :55

Mr. Erving describes what the purposes and duties were for Team 51 during his second tour of Vietnam. - Vietnam
Lester Erving, U.S. Army, Team 51 / 1:40

Mr. Wilson recalls spending a lot of time in foxholes while being bombed by German forces in attempts to take Schmitt. - WWII
Emmett Wilson, U.S. Army, 630th Tank Destroyer Batt., 28th Infantry Division / 1:57

Col. Masters describes the minor casualties that his unit experienced during the war. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps, 3rd A.D. Scouting Force, 8th Air Force / :33

Mr. Scott recalls a man being caught sneaking into town early during basic training and having to dig up tree stumps as punishment. - WWII
Conolus Scott, U.S. Army, 724th Medical Sanitation Co. / :46

Mr. Scott describes dealing with accidents that occurred on LST's. - WWII
Conolus Scott, U.S. Army, 724th Medical Sanitation Co. / :47

After a battle at Chinju Hill, Sam Holliday recalls dealing with a fellow soldier who had sent prisoners off to their deaths. - Korea
Sam Holliday, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division / 02:28

Joe Noonan talks about the fear he experienced during World War II and shares his feeling about being labeled as a hero. - WWII
Joe Noonan, 9th Air Force / :46

While on a convoy of troop transports, Claude Miller recalls his ship being too late to receive a particular message. - WWII
Claude Miller, USS Callaway, USCG / 02:19

While serving as a helmsman, Claude Miller describes trying to keep his ship steady during a typhoon. - WWII
Claude Miller, USS Callaway, USCG / 01:28

Claude Miller recalls dealing with German submarines in the Mediterranean Sea. - WWII
Claude Miller, USS Callaway, USCG / 02:15

Ed Pepping describes how the Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth) would shoot at medics during World War II. - WWII
Ed Pepping, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, E Company / :34

Mr. Trapp describes the jet mechanic training he received in Texas prior to the war. - Vietnam
James Trapp, U.S. Air Force, F-105 D Crew Chief / 1:32

Mr. Corry describes the squadron he was assigned to after he completed basic training. - WWII
Bill Corry, U.S. Navy, Air Patrol Bomber Squadron / 4:01

Shortly after arriving in North Africa, Dutch Van Kirk describes the memorable sight of an invasion fleet steaming through the Strait of Gibraltar in 1942. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 340th Squadron, 97th Bomb Group, 12th Air Force / 01:04

Dutch Van Kirk remembers taking part in the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests after the end of World War II. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 509th Composite Group / 01:48

Gene Foley recalls his ship getting its first taste of what combat is really like shortly after leaving port in San Diego. - WWII
Gene Foley, USS El Dorado / 03:18

Mr. Cox shares how he ended up joining the Marine Corps. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Echo Battery, 2nd Batt., 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Div. / 2:30

Mr. Cox describes the time he spent in basic school for the Marines. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Echo Battery, 2nd Batt., 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Div. / 3:13

Before being deployed overseas during World War II, Newton Riess recalls having a run-in with a group of military police. - WWII
Newton Riess, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division / 04:37

Mr. Cox describes the effect that the lack of batteries had on the war. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 1:49

Mr. Cain describes how he was trained to operate landing boats. - WWII
Winton Cain, U.S. Army, 594th Engineer & Boat Shore Regiment, 4th Engineer Special Brigade / 1:10

Herman Goldman acknowledges the fallen American soldiers of the Italian campaigns still buried there and also recalls the pride of his first vote, marking his "X" at the front, and the misery of yellow jaundice in a foxhole. - WWII
Herman Goldman, Company C, 350th Regiment, 88th Division, 5th Army / 5:12

Herman Goldman became part of the post war political situation when he was transferred to the 88th Blue Devils and posted near the Yugoslavian border. Their mission was to discourage any Russian or Yugoslavian moves on Italy. - WWII
Herman Goldman, Company C, 350th Regiment, 88th Division, 5th Army / 7:14

Three days after the invasion of Okinawa, Warren Glen Bestwick recalls his fighter squadron being sent in to provide air support against Japanese aircraft in the area. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Warren Glen Bestwick, U.S. Marine Corps / 2:52

Stanley Mittleman, a Navy photographer, recalls witnessing the surrender of Japanese forces aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945. Provided by Sal Strom. - WWII
Stanley Mittleman, U.S. Navy / :57

After losing one of his men to German machine gun fire near Stuttgart, Ralph Thorne describes dealing with the letters and questions from the soldier's family members. - WWII
Ralph Thorne, 3rd Battalion, 397th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division / 3:27

Eberhard van der Vlugt shares his views on General Eisenhower's "pathological hatred of Germany" and his treatment of German prisoners, compared to Patton's more tolerant treatment. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Eberhard van der Vlugt, Hitler Youth/German Army / 3:55

Dave Andrews recalls witnessing a terrible training accident in England before ever entering combat during World War II. - WWII
Dave Andrews, 671st Bomb Squadron, 416th Bomb Group, 9th Bomber Command, 9th Air Force / 1:10

While stationed in England, Dave Andrews talks about his first encounter with the British de Havilland "Mosquito" aircraft. - WWII
Dave Andrews, 671st Bomb Squadron, 416th Bomb Group, 9th Bomber Command, 9th Air Force / :53

Dave Andrews remembers how a sudden change in altitude led to his bombardier-navigator falling out of their A-20 aircraft. - WWII
Dave Andrews, 671st Bomb Squadron, 416th Bomb Group, 9th Bomber Command, 9th Air Force / :54

Mr. Moss shares how he ended up with Air Sea Rescue. - WWII
Harold Moss, U.S. Army Air Corps, Air Sea Rescue, Air Transport Command / 4:17

After the invasion of Sicily, Terence Laing talks about beginning the "Italian Push" by delivering Patton's troops onto the Italian mainland at Salerno, during which there were many American casualties. Provided by John Hartrampf. - WWII
Terence Arthur Gordon Laing, LCT 5, Landing Craft Flotilla 11 / 2:38

Terence Laing talks frankly about how serving in the military during World War II was a "dark spot in life" and how difficult it was to transition from military life back to civilian life after the end of the war. Provided by John Hartrampf. - WWII
Terence Arthur Gordon Laing, LCT 5, Landing Craft Flotilla 11 / 5:25

Clifford Dunaway, a gun turret loader on the USS Atlanta, talks in detail about how his ship was sunk by friendly forces during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November of 1942, which resulted in one-third of the crew being injured or killed. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., USS Atlanta / 9:42

Clifford Dunaway, a gun turret loader on the USS Atlanta, describes the impact he experienced and what went through his mind when his ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., USS Atlanta / 2:07

As a replacement for soldiers killed in the "Battle of the Bulge," Edd Claunch headed for Germany at eighteen years old. Here he recalls his first life or death moments on the battlefield. - WWII
Edd Claunch, 70th Infantry Division / 2:37

Will Gehlen describes life in the Rhineland during the rise of the Third Reich and what it was like on the German home front and the attitude and feelings of the German civilians during the war and after the defeat. - WWII
Will Gehlen - German Home Front, Part 1, 64th Flak Abteilung Munster / 9:38

Will Gehlen describes life in the Rhineland during the rise of the Third Reich and what it was like on the German home front and the attitude and feelings of the German civilians during the war and after the defeat. - WWII
Will Gehlen - German Home Front, Part 2, 64th Flak Abteilung Munster / 7:48

Will Gehlen, a member of the Hitler Youth, relates the tale of Adolf Hitler visiting his school and explains why he was so admired by the German people. - WWII
Will Gehlen, 64th Flak Abteilung Munster / 6:30

Pressed into service on a flak gun crew, Will Gehlen, a boy at the time, describes the technology used to battle Allied planes and the routine of life on the crew. - WWII
Will Gehlen - The Flak Guns, Part 1, 64th Flak Abteilung Munster / 9:40

Pressed into service on a flak gun crew, Will Gehlen, a boy at the time, describes the technology used to battle Allied planes and the routine of life on the crew. - WWII
Will Gehlen - The Flak Guns, Part 2, 64th Flak Abteilung Munster / 8:41

Will Gehlen, a Hitler Youth member on a flak gun crew, describes the different types of Allied planes shot down by the flak and how the survivors were sometimes mistreated by the Hitler Youth, but not by the soldiers. - WWII
Will Gehlen, 64th Flak Abteilung Munster / 3:22

As the war was winding down, Will Gehlen crossed American and German lines to get to his grandfather's funeral in Luxumbourg. With the Americans fully in control, civilians began to know the GI's as friends and protectors rather than adversaries. - WWII
Will Gehlen - Postwar Interactions With Allied Soldiers, Part 1, 64th Flak Abteilung Munster / 12:32

As the war was winding down, Will Gehlen crossed American and German lines to get to his grandfather's funeral in Luxumbourg. With the Americans fully in control, civilians began to know the GI's as friends and protectors rather than adversaries. - WWII
Will Gehlen - Postwar Interactions With Allied Soldiers, Part 2, 64th Flak Abteilung Munster / 8:42

Will Gehlen, a Hitler Youth member, relates the tale of the capture of his older brother, who was a very enthusiastic Nazi. - WWII
Will Gehlen, 64th Flak Abteilung Munster / 4:11

Will Gehlen tells how and why he joined the French Foreign Legion after the end of World War II and why the Legion was so attractive to Germans in the wreckage of their homeland. - Vietnam
Will Gehlen, French Foreign Legion / 10:51

Will Gehlen remembers how he left the French Foreign Legion after the war in Indochina and why he still carries a grudge against the memory of Charles de Gaulle. - Vietnam
Will Gehlen, French Foreign Legion / 8:24

Recruit Herman Goldman got excited in Army basic training when he passed a test for the Air Corps. Instead he quickly shipped out as an infantry replacement. He watched the American shoreline fade away with no idea of his destination. - WWII
Herman Goldman, Company E, 337th Regiment, 85th Division, 5th Army / 5:32

Mary D'Amico discusses the changing attitudes of the German soldiers in Cassino, Italy once the Americans seized control of the region over the Germans. She explains how they had to escape to the hills and build their own shelter to survive. - WWII
Mary D'Amico, Italian Civilian / 6:50

Even after the Battle of Monte Cassino was over, the town was still a very dangerous place to live. Mary D'Amico was a young teenager at the time but remembers all of the post-war horrors and dangers of living in a recent combat zone. - WWII
Mary D'Amico, Italian Civilian / 1:19

Although he was just a boy when Nazis forced the Jews of Warsaw into a walled ghetto, Mathew Sikorski has vivid memories of this time, including the heroics of Irena Sendler and Maximilian Kolbe, who saved thousands of Jews from the death camps. - WWII
Mathew Sikorski, Polish Civilian / 9:11

Mathew Sikorski relates his family's odyssey during and after the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, which led to separation from his father and his exile to forced labor in Hameln, Germany. Part 2 of 2. - WWII
Mathew Sikorski - Warsaw Uprising and Exile Part 2, Polish Civilian / 10:37

Polish exile Mathew Sikorski recalls the joy of liberation when Allied troops entered the town of Hameln, Germany where he and his mother were assigned to work in a blanket factory. - WWII
Mathew Sikorski, Polish Civilian / 6:58

Mathew Sikorski tells how he attempted to find out the details of his father's death in a concentration camp and then opines on the greater moral issues regarding the Nazi and Soviet occupations of his Polish homeland. - WWII
Mathew Sikorski, Polish Civilian / 8:41

His first duty on Guadalcanal was to swim out and meet cargo ships. William Wilkerson then learned to keep a lizard under his mosquito net and got busted back to private. - WWII
William Wilkerson, HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Regiment, 3rd Marine Division / 9:40

The arrest and imprisonment of Tokyo Rose did not sit well with Marines who enjoyed her broadcasts. What other entertainment did they have? - WWII
William Wilkerson, HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Regiment, 3rd Marine Division / 2:29

In the chaotic aftermath of Iwo Jima, William Wilkerson and his unit hitched a ride back to Guam without any orders. There were no officers left in the outfit to give them. - WWII
William Wilkerson, A Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Regiment, 3rd Marine Division / 9:26

Sailor John Manning recalls serving with a drafted musician, who turned out to be a morphine addict. When he could no longer find any to steal from medical kits, he made good on a threat to jump overboard. - WWII
John Manning, USS Heerman DD-532 / 6:14

Charles Smith spent his first Christmas away from home in the snow and ice of the Battle of the Bulge. He "did not think of death. It was almost like going to work." He remembers a scary night left alone on guard duty next to a graveyard. - WWII
Charles Smith, Reconnaissance Company, 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division / 7:37

The points system that determined your discharge date was unfair in the eyes of recon company member Charles Smith, so he stayed on when he was eligible to be discharged. Looking back on his experiences, he urges all veterans to record their memories. - WWII
Charles Smith, Reconnaissance Company, 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division / 3:55

No one on LCI-425 had ever heard of Iwo Jima, but they could see on the map how strategic it was. Sailor Jim Kennedy remembers the landing as "mayhem" and, at one point, had to operate the helm with one hand and the engine order telegraph with the other. - WWII
Jim Kennedy, LCI-425 / 11:29

"Jawga Boy" John Laster enlisted in the Navy and was trained to be an armed guard, a member of a gunnery crew protecting vital war supplies on Liberty Ships. He "did not hate those people but they messed with my country." - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard / 6:12

A Liberty Ship carried 28 gunners on board. John Laster was a loader and served on all the different guns. With the 3 inch 50 AA gun, they could put out 6 shots in 9 1/2 seconds. "Not bad for a bunch of country boys!" - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard, SS Alcoa Patriot, SS Joseph McKenna, SS Arthur Dobbs, SS Glenn Curtiss / 5:07

John Laster recounts a humorous story of a drunk Merchant Marine officer trying to smuggle two bottles of whiskey aboard ship while in the Panama Canal. He wound up being shot and lightly wounded by a guard who was later billed $1.50 for the bullets. - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard, SS Alcoa Patriot / 4:24

His first ship assignment and voyage was memorable. Naval Armed Guard John Laster was knocked out by a loose firing lanyard and, later, had to help round up 500 monkeys, who were bound stateside for research, after their cage broke open. - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard, SS Alcoa Patriot / 11:45

As John Laster steamed into The Mediterranean aboard the SS Joseph McKenna, German soldiers tracked it through the Straits of Gibraltar from positions in the hills above. Just out of New York on the return, a ship ahead suffered a sub strike. - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard, SS Joseph McKenna / 10:20

The war in Europe ended while John Laster was aboard the SS Arthur Dobbs. Planning a night of drunken celebration in Calcutta, where he was docked, he wound up on Shore Patrol duty instead. Then, back in Egypt, he was assigned to the SS Glenn Curtiss. - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard, SS Arthur Dobbs, SS Glenn Curtiss / 9:13

The SS Arthur Dobbs had the toughest armed guards in the fleet, according to John Laster, so tough they were thrown out of Egypt after an epic bar fight with British soldiers. Assigned to the SS Glenn Curtiss, they finished war duty in Tinian. - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard, SS Arthur Dobbs, SS Glenn Curtiss / 8:11

Buford Cummings shares stories while aboard LST 177, including the dangers they faced and a casualty he witnessed during D-Day. His action was not in Normandy, but in the South end of France. - WWII
Buford Cummings, LST 177 / 3:14

Dick Bailey wanted to fly ever since childhood. He traded labor for flight instruction at a local airport and then became an aviation cadet, where he never mentioned his previous training for fear of being singled out. - WWII
Dick Bailey, 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Group, 9th Air Force / 6:19

In early 1944, B-26 pilot Dick Bailey headed to the war in Europe. Based in Braintree England, he recalls the dank conditions in the slit trenches where they sheltered during bomb raids. If he was going to die, he would just as soon be comfortable in bed. - WWII
Dick Bailey, 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Group, 9th Air Force / 3:22

John Laster never felt the enemy "had anything big enough or good enough to keep me from coming back...I am still here, some of them are not." He swears he is ready to go back and he urges vets to leave a history and a record as he has done. - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard, SS Glenn Curtiss / 2:13

Engineer Wilmer Roland saw his first combat when he was sent to build a bridge in a town which had not yet been captured. In another encounter, as German planes strafed his position, he dove for cover in what he thought was a haystack. It was not. - WWII
Wilmer Roland, 1306 Engineer Service Regiment / 5:03

After his regular tour, Dan Barr re-enlisted and went to Ranger school. The Rangers were trained in Arctic, jungle, desert and mountain terrains, all possibilities for Ranger operations. His first assignment was to return to Vietnam on a search team. - Vietnam
Dan Barr, 3rd Ranger Battalion / 4:39

After successfully mastering Ranger training, Dan Barr decided to go for elite Green Beret training. The Special Forces soldier was a new breed of soldier, trained to fight in new kinds of war. He became an Alpha Team medic. - Cold War
Dan Barr, 7th Special Forces Group / 5:14

In peacetime, Green Beret Dan Barr trained with allied troops from friendly forces. But sometimes there is a quiet job to do, like in Panama during the fall of Manuel Noriega. - Gulf War
Dan Barr, 7th Special Forces Group / 2:18

In 1990, Green Beret Dan Barr slipped into Iraq to pave the way for regular forces advancing during the Gulf War. The incursion was brief but effective, although he still cannot describe what he did. - Gulf War
Dan Barr, 7th Special Forces Group / 2:15

Eighteen days after the attack of the World Trade Center, Green Berets, including Dan Barr, went into Afghanistan to "make our presence known." Alongside him were men who had retired and come back to serve again after the attack. - Afghanistan
Dan Barr, 7th Special Forces Group / 2:11

Long serving Dan Barr saw action in the second war in Iraq. He had served in a pre-invasion operation in the first war and this time he found himself in Baghdad, with no clear battle lines and the biggest danger in the form of surprise bombings. - Iraq
Dan Barr, 7th Special Forces Group / 3:43

After a career spanning Vietnam and Iraq, Dan Barr became "chairborne instead of airborne." He was privileged to work at Central Command and for Olympic Games security. He can look back on a career with medals received from several presidents. - Gulf War
Dan Barr, 7th Special Forces Group / 2:48

Sam Pyle recalls a humorous event involving a jeep, a machine gun and a C-47 aircraft. Less humorous to him were the rules of engagement, which meant his Air Security unit had to get permission to fire on VC approaching the base. - Vietnam
Sam Pyle, 632 Security Police Squadron / 10:16

The different culture of Vietnam was puzzling to Sam Pyle when he arrived fresh from home. Men holding hands? Next to the Air Force base was a Navy base, where Sam was sorry he went on a ride-along out on patrol. - Vietnam
Sam Pyle, 632 Security Police Squadron / 4:27

Air Force recruit Sam Pyle was assigned to Air Security and guarded the smallest Air Force Base in Vietnam. Among the rice paddies and elephant grass, the prized aircraft were under his watchful eye. - Vietnam
Sam Pyle, 632 Security Police Squadron / 7:12

In a mountain village during the Battle of the Bulge, Tank Mechanic Cecil Gladney could look down and see German troops in their positions below. Following combat units into Germany, he noted that the German civilians treated him better than the French. - WWII
Cecil Gladney, 987 Field Artillery / 5:17

Harold Darden could not help noticing that Germany was the cleanest place he had ever seen, except for the war damage, of course. The sting of combat was lessened by the stores found in empty homes; bread, preserves and "the French champagne, oh Lord!" - WWII
Harold Darden, Company B, 1st Battalion, 345th Infantry, 87th Division, 3rd Army / 4:01

David Andrews stayed at Camp Eagle most of his time in Vietnam, but about 5 months in, he did get an unexpected opportunity for some R & R in Hong Kong. He explains the odd situation he was in when he departed and upon his return. - Vietnam
David Andrews, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division / 2:47

Navy Vet Fred Mills joined the Army Reserve and then the regular Army, which trained him as an aviator, fulfilling his original enlistment goal. His first stop was postwar Korea, where he had a mysterious mission that did not happen. - Cold War
Fred Mills, Air Ambulance Unit, 50th Medical Detachment / 11:53

As an Air Ambulance aviator, Fred Mills had skills in demand all over the world. While stationed in Germany, he flew a mission to Somalia for flood relief, where he was puzzled by tall Watusi in short dwellings. - Cold War
Fred Mills, Air Ambulance Unit, 50th Medical Detachment / 7:02

Returning to Germany after a mission in Somalia, Pilot Fred Mills was off to another important Air Ambulance operation, this time in Iran following an earthquake. Told to protect his passenger, Princess Pahlavi, he nervously felt the 45 on his hip. - Cold War
Fred Mills, Air Ambulance Unit, 50th Medical Detachment / 6:51

After flying relief missions in Iran, Fred Mills was soon back in the states in medical operations. But Vietnam was heating up and he went for his first tour, flying medical evacuations and even finding himself in command of a Special Forces camp. - Vietnam
Fred Mills, Air Ambulance Unit, 498th Medical Command / 8:51

Helicopter pilot Fred Mills was "really busy" flying medical evacuations in Vietnam. When trees prevented a landing, he dropped a chainsaw to troops and he used a map with no borders to evacuate from Cambodia. It was "the dirty part of the war." - Vietnam
Fred Mills, Air Ambulance Unit, 498th Medical Command / 8:04

Fred Mills had a rookie pilot on a evacuation mission who nearly hit the only tree in a rice paddy. Other stories include a refused Purple Heart, tracers through the cabin, and landing a replacement craft next to the still smoldering craft it replaced. - Vietnam
Fred Mills, 498th Medical Command, Air Ambulance / 7:29

While on his 2nd Vietnam tour, Fred Mills was picked to be the Aviation Officer for the Surgeon General. From there he moved to the Pentagon and a civilian outreach program that resulted in widespread use of civilian air ambulance operations. - Vietnam
Fred Mills, Air Ambulance Group, 57th Medical Detachment, 44th Medical Group. / 8:46

After a variety of Army medical jobs, Fred Mills had a final task. Planning operations for the Gulf War. After retiring, he recalls the harassment when he returned from his 2nd tour in Vietnam. Some sore bar patrons and scared Hare Krishnas also remember. - Gulf War
Fred Mills, / 6:53

John Durkin loved basketball and the local Guard unit had a team, so he joined. When war started, he was taken into the Army and found himself in Egypt, working alongside the Scottish Black Watch trying to break the Nazi Enigma code. - WWII
John Durkin, Intelligence Unit, 27th Division / 8:38

John Durkin lost his cushy intelligence assignment when his airborne training caused his transfer as the Army readied to invade Sicily. He was relieved that there was no German resistance but alarmed when he got stuck in a tree. - WWII
John Durkin, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne / 5:37

After seeing action in Italy, John Durkin thought he was headed home but the ship took him to Burma, where he worked with Merrill's Marauders training Chinese troops. Later, stateside, he worked with Ernest Hemingway on intelligence gathering. - WWII
John Durkin, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne / 4:49

Tasked with laying communication lines, Hanks Jones talks about the dangers his unit faced on the front lines in Europe during World War II. - WWII
Hanks Jones, HQ Company 399, 100th Infantry Division / 3:40

After his 65 combat missions, B-26 pilot Dick Bailey returned stateside, where excitement meant ferrying WACs to a baseball game. - WWII
Dick Bailey, 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Group, 9th Air Force / 4:45

In 1942, Army draftee Harold Powers volunteered for the paratroopers because he thought the training at Ft. Benning would keep him close to home in South Georgia and the war would be over before he was deployed. That plan did not work. - WWII
Harold Powers, 3rd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division / 3:12

Part 2 of 4: Newly captured POW Harold Powers noticed that his German captors were both confused and unconcerned about the D-Day invasion happening around them. - WWII
Harold Powers, 3rd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division / 7:46

Richard Hurd had a very important job in wartime, paying the troops. He details the tasks and problems facing the Financial Section of the 1st Army in Europe. He also describes the grim task of taking care of the effects and property of deceased soldiers. - WWII
Richard Hurd, 56th Financial Section, 1st Army / 4:01

Crossing on the Queen Elizabeth, Richard Hurd never noticed the effects of a large storm because of the size of the ship. He also had enough powdered eggs to last him a lifetime. - WWII
Richard Hurd, 56th Financial Section, 1st Army / 5:46

During his time in Vietnam, Sam Pyle had the occasion to laugh, like the time the tyrannical sergeant forgot to clear his gun. He also had the occasion to feel queasy when the ARVN interrogator started breaking fingers. - Vietnam
Sam Pyle, 632 Security Police Squadron / 7:29

Sam Pyle knew wasted effort when he saw it. As the C-47 Psy War planes dropped leaflets urging the Viet Cong to surrender, he knew exactly how they were going to use the paper. - Vietnam
Sam Pyle, 632 Security Police Squadron / 4:41

Richard Hurd was billeted in the home of a Belgian photographer as the Battle of the Bulge broke out. The man fled his home, fearing German reprisals for a large poster he had hung involving Hitler and a hog. - WWII
Richard Hurd, 56th Financial Section, 1st Army / 5:04

Richard Hurd describes the inner workings of the Invasion Money scrip that soldiers were issued in Europe. Since the men were supplied with all necessities, the "Funny Money" was often used for gambling and buying silk stockings to send home. - WWII
Richard Hurd, 56th Financial Section, 1st Army / 5:35

Finance Section soldier Richard Hurd found out that Russian soldiers had the same Invasion Money that the American soldiers were issued. In fact, they had received so much that their pockets were overflowing and they were buying anything and everything. - WWII
Richard Hurd, 56th Financial Section, 1st Army / 3:49

At the end of the war, Richard Hurd was in Weimar, very near to Buchenwald. Touring the site with his unit, Hurd saw for himself the horrors that many refuse to believe existed. - WWII
Richard Hurd, 56th Financial Section, 1st Army / 2:15

Despite having the names reversed, Richard Hurd has firsthand experience of the effects of the new German weaponry, the V1 Buzz Bomb and the V2 rocket. - WWII
Richard Hurd, 56th Financial Section, 1st Army / 2:14

Too experienced to be sent to the Pacific and not experienced enough to be discharged, Richard Hurd was assigned to keep working as troops shipped home. As everyone celebrated and took R&R, he had to work every day on the payroll. - WWII
Richard Hurd, 56th Financial Section, 1st Army / 7:20

Hugh Lee Young was working in Mobile when he decided it was "his time" to join the war effort. He enlisted in the Air Corps so he "would not have to walk" and started out as a waist gunner on a B-24. - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 4:45

On a bombing run, Hugh Lee Young and the B-24 crew saw a man on the targeted bridge waving at them. Hugh "always wondered where he went." He also wondered why they were told not to bomb a gas field. Later he found out it was English owned. - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 4:18

Florence Fattig, a nurse in the Army Nurse Corps, goes into detail about how front line field hospitals worked, what kinds of injuries they saw, and the role she played in treating injured soldiers in Europe during World War II. - WWII
Florence Fattig, 104th Evacuation Hospital, Third Army / 11:58

Brigadier General Harold Dye (retired) recounts an amazing story that all started with an artillery barrage at a Rhine crossing - WWII
Harold Dye, 569th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion / 9:00

Brigadier General Harold Dye (retired) recalls a prisoner exchange gone wrong near the Czechoslovakian border after the war - WWII
Harold Dye, 569th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion / 8:04

Artillery observer Arthur Crowe tells of his unusual experience targeting a single enemy soldier in Normandy - WWII
Arthur Crowe, 9th Infantry / 1:45

Francis Anderson shares the amazing story of how he was caught behind enemy lines as well as his journey back to base in North Africa - WWII
Francis Anderson, 1st Armored Division / 9:00

John Cunningham shares his tale of getting lost in the Casbah in Algiers - WWII
John Cunningham, 15th Air Force / 3:30

Thomas Fitzgibbons remembers the atrocities of war in Northern Italy - WWII
Thomas Fitzgibbons, 1st Armored / 1:30

Harold Souther shares his experiences with an officer's treatment of SS prisoners in Northern Europe - WWII
Harold Souther, 1st Infantry / 1:00

Raymond Murray recalls an incident between a Frenchman and an SS chaplain in Normandy - WWII
Raymond Murray, 3456 Ordinance Company / 1:30

Dale Barker tells of Japanese trickery on Guam - WWII
Dale Barker, 1st Armored Amphibian Battalion / :32

John Souther recalls firing on the leaning Tower of Pisa - WWII
John Souther, 1st Armored / 2:09

Burt Vardeman goes through the typical day of a member of a B-24 bomber crew during the war. - WWII
Burt Vardeman, 484th Bomber Group (Heavy) / 5:53

Pilot Denis Payne describes his experience during a German bombing raid in London (the Blitz) and of witnessing a sight that convinced him that England would win the war - WWII
Denis Payne, Royal Air Force / 1:20

Jim Paine stands guard over a hospital in France while being wounded - WWII
Jim Paine, 100th Division / 1:30

Infantryman Jim Paine recalls a consistent theme for those who died - WWII
Jim Paine, 100th Division / 1:17

Ray Rogers recalls the Germans' unfortunate choice of escape vehicles during an artillery attack in France - WWII
Ray Rogers, 1st Infantry / :52

Jason Sedam tells of a cease-fire to allow food drops to the Dutch - WWII
Jason Sedam, 8th Air Force / 3:01

John Dyer gives his impressions of the attack on Pearl Harbor - WWII
John Dyer, Naval Aviator, USS Sangamon / 8:19

Herbert Braselton remembers the time when a German sub surfaced in the middle of an Allied convoy on the way to North Africa - WWII
Herbert Braselton, USS Pennsylvania / 1:16

William Beazley recalls a baseball game interrupted on a seemingly deserted Pacific island - WWII
William Beazley, LCI 6 / 1:17

Joe Peoples talks about how he shot down a German fighter plane himself as his company took a German village. - WWII
Joe Peoples, 9th Armored Division / 2:27

Dave Williams recounts an attempt to get a photo of a Russian female officer. - WWII
Dave Williams, 78th Infantry / 1:51

Jim Fletcher goes from standard GI in the States to OSS operator in Burma, without knowing it. - WWII
Jim Fletcher, OSS Detachment 101 / 6:07

Jim Fletcher faced many dangers in Burma, but nothing quite like the Naga Headhunters. - WWII
Jim Fletcher, OSS Detachment 101 / 2:55

Jim Fletcher discovers the fate of refugees who fled the Japanese invasion. - WWII
Jim Fletcher, OSS Detachment 101 / 1:12

Jim Fletcher and the Kachin rebels get flushed out of their camp on Thanksgiving and take the long road home. - WWII
Jim Fletcher, OSS Detachment 101 / 7:54

Gordon Yeager repeats a story told to him by a Navy officer about the importance of keeping your pants on while on a boat. - WWII
Gordon Yeager, Intelligence Officer / 1:16

Gordon Yeager retells the story told to him of a dud shell hitting the U.S.S. Ludlow. - WWII
Gordon Yeager, Intelligence Officer / 1:33

Gordon Yeager describes some of the more bizarre weapons implemented at sea by the Germans during World War II. - WWII
Gordon Yeager, U.S.S. Woolsey / 5:10

Frank Long talks about the dangers involved in catapulting aircraft off of the U.S.S. Trenton. - WWII
Frank Long, U.S.S. Trenton / 3:46

Hughes Davault remembers serving as a fighter squadron medic and witnessing terrible plane crashes. (Interview contributed by Russell Gray) - WWII
Hughes Davault, 339th Fighter Squadron / 5:29

Hughes Davault talks about having to "toughen up" as a medic in the South Pacific. (Interview contributed by Russell Gray) - WWII
Hughes Davault, 339th Fighter Squadron / 2:54

Hughes Davault remembers delivering a brief message for a soldier on his deathbed. (Interview contributed by Russell Gray) - WWII
Hughes Davault, 339th Fighter Squadron / 1:59

Hughes Davault recalls the callous treatment of a Japanese airman's dead body. (Interview contributed by Russell Gray) - WWII
Hughes Davault, 339th Fighter Squadron / 1:10

Richard Eaton and other Airborne soldiers take a leisurely cruise across the Atlantic. - WWII
Richard Eaton, 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team / 1:06

John Davis recalls a run in with deadly chlorine gas in a submarine on the bottom of the ocean. - WWII
John Davis, USS Perch / 2:03

John Davis experiences, first hand, training with US Marines and their response to the cramped condition of a submarine. - WWII
John Davis, USS Perch / 2:26

William Bates digs himself in next to a bridge only to have other infantrymen covet his hole. - WWII
William Bates, DUKW Crew Member / 3:26

William Bates relates the speed of the war once the invasion of Italy was a success. - WWII
William Bates, DUKW Crew Member / 7:44

William Bates along with other infantrymen take over a house in Germany for a night, much to the protest of the German owner. - WWII
William Bates, DUKW Crew Member / 1:42

William Bates tries to make his way back to his unit after a month in a field hospital. - WWII
William Bates, DUKW Crew Member / 3:38

Phil Sligar and company invade Mexico during the height of WWII. - WWII
Phil Sligar, 497th Bomber Group / 2:09

Christa Petersen remembers coming upon the remains of a bomb shelter during the campaign in Germany when she was only a child. - WWII
Christa Petersen, German Civilian / 1:28

Stuart Jamison discusses the toll that casualties take on infantry units during combat. - Vietnam
Stuart Jamison, 9th Infantry Division (ARVN) / 1:10

Christa Petersen remembers an encounter with an American soldier that led to a Coke and a misunderstanding. - WWII
Christa Petersen, German Civilian / 2:08

Christa Petersen meets American soldiers for the first time, but they aren't the average unit. - WWII
Christa Petersen, German Civilian / 2:06

Christa Petersen speaks to the understanding and general knowledge German citizens had of the evils of the Third Reich. - WWII
Christa Petersen, German Civilian / 2:55

Christa Petersen recalls living in fear of Iron Henry, a deadly American war machine that lived in the skies over Germany. - WWII
Christa Petersen, German Civilian / 1:27

Christa Petersen's father finally returns from the war, but he is irrevocably different. - WWII
Christa Petersen, German Civilian / 1:28

Jack Brantley recalls the lack of rations in his battalion and what they ate to survive the Battle of Normandy. - WWII
Walter Jackson Brantley, 695th Armored Field Artillery Battalion / 1:41

Jack Brantley remembers crossing the Atlantic from New York to England and the drama in between. - WWII
Walter Jackson Brantley, 695th Armored Field Artillery Battalion / 3:22

Harold Barber recalls seeing a tank daringly and cleverly rescue wounded soldiers from a valley on the island of Peleliu. - WWII
Harold Barber, 7th Marine Regiment / 0:52

Harold Barber finds the overabundance of salt water in Guadacanal both a blessing and a hassle. - WWII
Harold Barber, 7th Marine Regiment / 1:04

Dick Arnold remembers his role in the Battle of the Bulge as a radio operator, and becoming the sole survivor of his 7-man spearhead group. - WWII
Dick Arnold, Temporarily detached to a heavy artillery FO Team / 16:48

Dick Arnold remembers the sights and smells of clearing out Buchenwald murder camp in Germany after thousands of prisoners had died there. - WWII
Dick Arnold, Unassigned Walking Wounded / 10:50

George Culpepper sits in the water of the Surigao Strait and watches as two Japanese naval task forces pass him by in the night. - WWII
George Culpepper, USS PC-1122 / 4:50

George Culpepper remembers picking up three Phillipine civilians who had been floating on the open sea in a small raft. - WWII
George Culpepper, USS PC-1122 / 2:25

Moran Helms describes his reaction to hearing about the first atomic bomb being dropped at Hiroshima during World War II. - WWII
Moran Helms, 97th Infantry Division / 1:21

Ben Griffith mans an LST in Admiral Thomas Kinkaid's 7th Fleet as it attacks Luzon, and then has to deal with the aerial fallout of the massive amount of flak in the air. - WWII
Ben Griffith, USS LST 1028 / 2:27

Ben Griffith recalls meeting a celebrity at a popular hotel in China. - WWII
Ben Griffith, USS LST 1028 / 1:25

Ben Griffith entertains a high ranking general in the Chinese resistance during a trip from Taiwan to mainland China. - WWII
Ben Griffith, USS LST 1028 / 2:02

Rocky Bleier remembers making use of his running back skills to retrieve a precious gift from home during a Vietnamese artillery attack. (4-time Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steeler. www.rockybleier.com) - Vietnam
Rocky Bleier, Americal Division (23rd Infantry Division) / 2:28

Ken Clark runs afoul of a stuck throttle assembly in the skies over his training field. - WWII
Ken Clark, 49th Fighter Group / 2:39

Ken Clark recalls how he came to land one of the first combat aircraft in Tokyo after the peace accords were signed. - WWII
Ken Clark, 49th Fighter Group / 2:54

Ken Clark runs into hostile Japanese officers and cultural differences in post-war Tokyo. - WWII
Ken Clark, 49th Fighter Group / 3:36

Martin Pfotenhauer recalls his movements from entry into Korea until his unit found a stable location for their field hospital. - Korea
Martin Pfotenhauer, 8063 M.A.S.H. / 4:21

Martin Pfotenhauer explains the duties, lifestyles, organization, work ethic, and success rate of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, or M.A.S.H., in Korea. - Korea
Martin Pfotenhauer, 8063 M.A.S.H. / 6:59

Martin Pfotenhauer recalls how the war changed when the Chinese entered the war in October, 1950. - Korea
Martin Pfotenhauer, 8063 M.A.S.H. / 1:27

Bernard Bentfeld, as a member of a mobile recon unit, recalls how sparse the combat was. - WWII
Bernard Bentfeld, 656th Tank Destroyer Battalion / 1:13

Bernard Bentfeld and his unit have to cross the bridge at Remagen but get caught out in the open during German attacks. - WWII
Bernard Bentfeld, 656th Tank Destroyer Battalion / 3:34

Herbert Hepworth remembers when his ship, the U.S.S. Vincennes, was sunk by Japanese forces at Guadalcanal in August of 1942. - WWII
Herbert Hepworth, U.S.S. Vincennes / 8:34

Herbert Hepworth describes being a gunner on the U.S.S. Santa Fe during the "Marianas Turkey Shoot", when over 300 Japanese aircraft were shot down off the coast of Saipan in June of 1944. - WWII
Herbert Hepworth, U.S.S. Santa Fe / 3:11

Herbert Hepworth talks about the marathon run of the U.S.S. Santa Fe during World War II and sinking a Japanese carrier in the Philippines. - WWII
Herbert Hepworth, U.S.S. Santa Fe / 3:58

Brigadier General Harold Dye (retired) recalls his first impressions of Korea and his job as an investigator for the United Nations Military Armistice Commission. - Korea
Harold Dye, UN Military Armistice Commission / 4:22

Brigadier General Harold Dye (retired) has to cross the Demarcation Line into North Korea to investigate a North Korean claim that a South Korean army unit had invaded North Korea and engaged in combat. - Korea
Harold Dye, UN Military Armistice Commission / 10:14

An encounter with a North Korean investigator for the United Nations Military Armistice Commission adds perspective to a past encounter with a German officer at Buchenwald for Brigadier General Harold Dye (retired). - Korea
Harold Dye, UN Military Armistice Commission / 2:27

Brigadier General Harold Dye (retired) is sent to investigate an incident where the North Koreans claim a South Korean military unit crossed the Demarcation Line illegally to steal North Korean property. - Korea
Harold Dye, UN Military Armistice Commission / 8:18

Brigadier General Harold Dye (retired) and others deal with a wayward American observation plane, that after crossing into North Korea and being shot down, almost became the spark that re-ignited the Korean War. - Korea
Harold Dye, UN Military Armistice Commission / 5:23

Ralph Turner and the other mechanics in his squad receive their first P38s, much to their delight. (Interview contributed by Dale Niesen) - WWII
Ralph Turner, 339th Fighter Squadron / 2:54

Neill "Jack" Cox discovers the irony of war when a German 88 round sends him running for cover. - WWII
Neill "Jack" Cox, 36th Infantry Division / 2:05

Ray Stein reveals the machinations that led to the Manhattan Project and his undercover assignment for the Army at the Oak Ridge facility. (LONG CLIP) - WWII
Ray Stein, Special Engineer Detachment, Manhattan Project / 19:02

H. Read Vaughn and his crew operate out of China during their early campaign and have to endure a 45 day boat ride to their next station when a superior officer pulls rank. - WWII
H. Read Vaughn, 444th Bomber Group / 2:39

H. Read Vaughn spends time on Iwo Jima after its capture by Marines, and tells of his discoveries in the caves, and his impressions of the island. - WWII
H. Read Vaughn, 444th Bomber Group / 3:37

Clayton Byrd remembers the danger of showering while in the field - WWII
Clayton Byrd, 94th Infantry / 1:53

Clayton Byrd explains a comical incident on the Brittany Peninsula - WWII
Clayton Byrd, 94th Infantry / 1:38

Clayton Byrd shares his favorite war story about his friend, Chet Markowski - WWII
Clayton Byrd, 94th Infantry / 4:10

Tom Parsons tells the story of how he created his own good luck charm: a bullet with a name on it. - WWII
Tom Parsons, 44th Bomber Group / 1:49

On July 4, 1944, while stationed in England, Tom Parsons gets a front row seat for an improvised Army Air Corps fireworks display. - WWII
Tom Parsons, 44th Bomber Group / 3:30

Seymour Lavine takes a patrol out into the jungles of New Guinea, but isn't prepared for what he and his men would face. - WWII
Seymour Lavine, 11th Airborne / 1:13

Mather Hyatt recalls how he traveled through Europe during his off days after the end of the war. - WWII
Mather Hyatt, 1651st Engineer Utility Detachment / 2:03

Mather Hyatt tells of his commanding officer during the early days of the occupation of Berlin. - WWII
Mather Hyatt, 1651st Engineer Utility Detachment / 2:46

Mather Hyatt loses a fellow soldier at a Russian Checkpoint during the early days of the occupation of Berlin. - WWII
Mather Hyatt, 1651st Engineer Utility Detachment / 1:33

William Lubbeck, author of At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North, recalls combat on the Russian front when the German Army surrounded the Russian Army under the command of General Andrey Andreyevich Vlasov. - WWII
William Lubbeck, 13th Infantry Company (German Army) / 5:26

William Lubbeck, author of At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North, tells of the nature of the treatment German soldiers received at the hands of the Red Army troops. - WWII
William Lubbeck, 13th Infantry Company (German Army) / 3:45

Henk Duinhoven remembers how the war seemed to sneak up on the Dutch people, and their cautious reaction. - WWII
Henk Duinhoven, Dutch Civilian / 3:10

When the Dutch people go on strike against the treatment of the Jews, the occupying Germans set out to prove a point. - WWII
Henk Duinhoven, Dutch Civilian / 2:28

Henk Duinhoven's brother refuses to defer to a German soldier on the train and shocks his fellow travelers. - WWII
Henk Duinhoven, Dutch Civilian / 1:01

Henk Duinhoven tells the story of how his brother found a way to leave Holland without running afoul of the German invaders. - WWII
Henk Duinhoven, Dutch Civilian / 3:17

Henk Duinhoven and two of his friends have a frightening encounter with a German Paratrooper. - WWII
Henk Duinhoven, Dutch Civilian / 1:57

Henk Duinhoven recalls the confusion that set in as Operation Market Garden began and the Germans and their collaborators scrambled to defend their occupied territory. - WWII
Henk Duinhoven, Dutch Civilian / 4:05

Henk Duinhoven tells the story of the first few weeks of Operation Market Garden through a child's eyes. - WWII
Henk Duinhoven, Dutch Civilian / 7:13

Henk Duinhoven, his family, and the Dutch people in general suffer with a lack of food and resources as the German's fight back against the Allied Forces as Operation Market Garden carried on. - WWII
Henk Duinhoven, Dutch Civilian / 4:05

While on a training mission in the Pacific, near San Diego, James Marion Arnold and his crew have a scare with a torpedo at night. (Audio Only) (Interview contributed by Jim Arnold) - WWII
James Marion Arnold, Gunnery Officer, USS McCook / 2:22

On their way back to New York for refits, James Marion Arnold and the USS McCook encounter a heavy storm in the Caribbean north of Bermuda. (Audio Only) (Interview contributed by Jim Arnold) - WWII
James Marion Arnold, Gunnery Officer, USS McCook / 3:24

Dr. Gary Hill explains the workings of the short-lived Portable Surgical Hospitals of the Army Medical Corps. - WWII
Dr. Gary Hill, Medical Service Corps - Portable Surgical Hospital / 3:31

Dr. Gary Hill reveals the crude and under-equipped nature of the Portable Surgical Hospitals. - WWII
Dr. Gary Hill, Medical Service Corps - Portable Surgical Hospital / 1:59

Arthur Crowe explains the working of the vehicles taken to Europe by the Allied Forces and how they differed from the Germans. - WWII
Arthur Crowe, 9th Infantry Division Artillery / 2:51

Arthur Crowe talks about how faith and a friendship with the company Chaplain gave him interesting memories. - WWII
Arthur Crowe, 9th Infantry Division Artillery / 2:01

Arthur Crowe explains the awarding of points and how he had just enough points to go home as his unit broke up following VE Day. - WWII
Arthur Crowe, 9th Infantry Division Artillery / 2:01

Arthur Crowe remembers how a fellow soldier had a deadly run in with a shallow river while laying cable for the company's communications. - WWII
Arthur Crowe, 9th Infantry Division Artillery / 3:07

Olin Plunkett explains the powerful fear that comes from knowing you could die at any moment in war, whether in combat or not. - WWII
Olin Plunkett, 4th Naval Beach Battalion / 1:21

Ed Morrison recalls the interesting, strange, and often grueling train ride across the Australian continent to Perth. - WWII
Edward Morrison, USS Chub (SS-329) / 4:11

Ed Morrison recalls the USS Chub using their conventional, non-torpedo, weapons to sink large supply ships. - WWII
Edward Morrison, USS Chub (SS-329) / 2:02

Ed Morrison tells the story of a Navy man who uses his R&R to fight with the Marines, only to alienate himself from the crew of the USS Chub. - WWII
Edward Morrison, USS Chub (SS-329) / 1:58

Reed Williams remembers an incident in the drop zone of Operation Market Garden, not long after the landings, involving a large quantity of rations and a downed General. - WWII
Reed Williams, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Pathfinders) / 2:38

Frank Pomroy recalls how a fellow Marine is seriously injured by friendly fire. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines / 1:50

H.T. Maclin remembers how the crew of the USS Anzio learned of the atomic attacks at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the immediate aftermath. - WWII
H.T. Maclin, Hospital Corpsman, USS Anzio (CVE-57) / 5:17

Lew Jenkins remembers a series of little events over the course of a night spent hunkering down in a WWI redoubt near the French/German border. - WWII
Lew Jenkins, 101st Field Artillery Regiment / 3:22

After sleeping among dead Japanese soldiers in the Philippines, 1st. Lt. Leo Goldner saves a life and is rewarded with a new place to live. - WWII
Leo Goldner, WESPAC Group / 2:51

Eli Silverman, a Navy corpsman in the 8th Beach Battalion, witnesses an explosion on a ship carrying Marines during the landing at enemy-held Saipan. The gruesome sites of this event are still with him to this day. - WWII
Eli Silverman, USS Knox / 2:11

Army candidate Leo Goldner is supposed to be getting hand-to-hand combat training from Brigadier General (then Colonel) Frank Merrill but ends up training him instead. - WWII
Leo Goldner, WESPAC Group / 2:14

Fred talks about a joke played on a fellow soldier during a brief break in the action. (Caution: Potentially inappropriate material for children) - WWII
Fred Bahlau, 101st Airborne Division, 506th PIR / 1:52

Fred talks about having to kill cows for food while in Holland. (Caution: Potentially inappropriate material for children) - WWII
Fred Bahlau, 101st Airborne Division, 506th PIR / 1:30

Fred talks about his visit to Hitler's mountain top retreat, Berchtesgaden (Eagles Nest). (Caution: Potentially innapropriate material for children) - WWII
Fred Bahlau, 101st Airborne Division, 506th PIR / 2:14

Fred visits a London bar while on leave. He finds a date but is forced to make a quick exit the following morning. (Caution: Potentially inappropriate material for children) - WWII
Fred Bahlau, 101st Airborne Division, 506th PIR / 2:17

Tom Kennedy discusses a terrible accident while conducting pillbox and mine training in England. - WWII
Tom Kennedy, 101st Airborne Division, 506th PIR, G Co. / 2:17

Tom Kennedy about holding a wounded German soldier's hand as he dies. - WWII
Tom Kennedy, 101st Airborne Division, 506th PIR, G Co. / 1:50

As a member of the OSS, Reed's Japanese interpretor meets a former childhood friend while in China. - WWII
Reed Pelfrey, 101st Airborne Division, 502 PIR, Company H / :41

Gary Campbell discusses the discovery of an abandoned NVA (North Vietnamese Army) tunnel system. - Vietnam
Gary Campbell, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Div. / 1:05

Gary Campbell witnesses a 2LT, standing only ten feet away from him, killed by a sniper. - Vietnam
Gary Campbell, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Div. / :47

Gary Campbell directs fire support on an enemy position, preventing a NVA (North Vietnamese Army) ambush. - Vietnam
Gary Campbell, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Div. / 1:32

During occupation duty in Germany, Bob experiences a light moment at a crossroad checkpoint. - WWII
Bob Belcher, 3rd Army, 99th Inf. Div., 395th Inf., 3rd Battalion, Co. L, 3rd Platoon / 1:04

Neil tells a funny story about having to get rid of a stowaway, a monkey the crew picked up while going through the Panama Canal. - WWII
Neil Ippolito, U.S. Navy, Boatswain's Mate, 7th Fleet, 7th Flotilla, LST 466 & 475 / 1:07

Neil tells about sipping cognac with a Frenchman and leaving the ship, only to be arrested later by military police (MP). - WWII
Neil Ippolito, U.S. Navy, Boatswain's Mate, 7th Fleet, 7th Flotilla, LST 466 & 475 / 2:12

Neil tells a funny story about having dinner aboard another ship by working his way into the officer's mess hall. - WWII
Neil Ippolito, U.S. Navy, Boatswain's Mate, 7th Fleet, 7th Flotilla, LST 466 & 475 / 2:41

Bill Couch and his B-17 crew lead a bombing run over a German Messerschmitt airplane factory, provide a big payback to the Germans. - WWII
Bill Couch, Bombardier, 8th Air Force, 100th Bomber Group, 349th Bomb Squad / 1:17

As a POW in a German prison camp, Bill's fellow airman entertains German officers by playing the piano. - WWII
Bill Couch, Bombardier, 8th Air Force, 100th Bomber Group, 349th Bomb Squad / 2:16

Bill Couch, who becomes a POW, discusses various escape attempt discussions by fellow airmen from the German prison camp. - WWII
Bill Couch, Bombardier, 8th Air Force, 100th Bomber Group, 349th Bomb Squad / 4:35

Rudy Grunfeld talks about having to become a United States citizen before he could become an officer in the United States Army. - WWII
Rudy Grunfeld, Captain, U.S.1st Army, G2 Intelligence under General Omar Bradley / 1:27

Bill Couch discusses leaving his German prison camp in Poland, to march for days in the winter of early 1945. - WWII
Bill Couch, Bombardier, 8th Air Force, 100th Bomber Group, 349th Bomb Squad / 5:27

Jesse discusses the extreme challenges of flying at high altitudes in a non-pressurized airplane. - WWII
Jesse Trevathan, 2nd Lt., 1st Pilot, Army Air Corps, Air Transport & Command / 1:58

Jesse discusses his goal of becoming a 1st Pilot, after concluding his role as a 2nd Pilot was probably going to get him killed. - WWII
Jesse Trevathan, 2nd Lt., 1st Pilot, Army Air Corps, Air Transport & Command / 2:57

Marshall discusses his company's walk through a northern Italian town they thought was clear of the enemy, and a deadly encounter with a sniper. - WWII
Marshall Bedol, 85th Inf. Reg. Co. F, 10th Mt. Div. / 1:00

Ken Adams reflects on his introduction to North Vietnam by taking a flight with a more senior pilot. As they flew each of their planes, they soon realized they had forgotten to turn on their advanced warning systems. - Vietnam
Ken Adams, Capt., U.S. Navy Pilot, AW16 USS Oriskany, VA-163 / 3:40

On January 7, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge, Bob's friend suffers an unfortunate fate while advancing. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private First Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Co. / 3:01

Bob Uhl explains the true benefits of a foxhole, when machine gun fire and shelling force his company to take cover. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private First Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Co. / 1:43

Bob discusses his first combat experience during World War II as his company moves east of Paris, France into German occupied territory. - WWII
Bob Uhl, Private First Class, 44th Infantry Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, K Co. / 2:24

John encounters a German soldier face to face, and John is forced to make a quick decision as the German soldier grabs John's bayonet. - WWII
John Rausch, Staff Sergeant, 9th Army, 102nd Inf. Div. 406th Reg. Co. L / 1:46

While in a borrowed German foxhole, John is caught underneath a U.S. Army tank destroyer as it fires all night. - WWII
John Rausch, Staff Sergeant, 9th Army, 102nd Inf. Div. 406th Reg. Co. L / 2:32

John is called an "angel" by a fellow soldier who John had rescued by pushing his head down during an intense machine gun exchange. - WWII
John Rausch, Staff Sergeant, 9th Army, 102nd Inf. Div. 406th Reg. Co. L / 2:51

John is strafed by two German fighter planes that are soon shot down by U.S. Army anti-aircraft fire. - WWII
John Rausch, Staff Sergeant, 9th Army, 102nd Inf. Div. 406th Reg. Co. L / 2:24

John crosses the Elbe River near the end of the war to secure a Russian pistol with the help of a Russian soldier. - WWII
John Rausch, Staff Sergeant, 9th Army, 102nd Inf. Div. 406th Reg. Co. L / 1:57

As a submarine officer in the East China Sea in 1944, Hugo Parkman remembers an airstrike on the islands of ChiChi Jima and Iwo Jima, and the grizzly fates of seven downed pilots. - WWII
Hugo Parkman, USS Finback / 01:39

Hugo Parkman retells the story of a fellow submarine crew on a clandestine mission into Japanese territory during World War II. - WWII
Hugo Parkman, USS Finback / :59

Jim Sanders talks about how one particularly poorly designed aircraft almost cost him his life during training over the Mohave Desert. - WWII
Jim Sanders, 8th Service Regiment / 02:11

Jim Sanders describes arriving for post-war occupation duty at Sasebo, Japan, and the condition of the surviving Japanese in the area. - WWII
Jim Sanders, 8th Service Regiment / 03:10

While aboard a landing craft tank (LCT), Jim Sanders describes surviving a typhoon at sea and the disastrous aftermath of the storm. - WWII
Jim Sanders, 8th Service Regiment / 03:08

Jim Sanders shares his feelings about going to war after the Pearl Harbor attack, as well as his feelings at the end of World War II. - WWII
Jim Sanders, 8th Service Regiment / 03:08

Jim Sanders talks about the friendship he made with a Japanese family while on occupation duty after World War II. - WWII
Jim Sanders, 8th Service Regiment / 04:05

Howard Green recalls witnessing an Allied air attack on German troops at St. Lo, France in 1944. - WWII
Howard Green, 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron - Mechanized / 02:12

Howard Green describes the aftermath of war he witnessed while making his way from Normandy into Germany in 1944, and the effect that it had on him. - WWII
Howard Green, 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron - Mechanized / 01:43

Howard Green recalls camping out within viewing distance of German troops in a small town, and how the German troops treated some of the townspeople. - WWII
Howard Green, 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron - Mechanized / 01:52

Lucy Cline (Huie) describes the reactions of patients and employees at her military hospital the day World War II ended. - WWII
Lucy Cline (Huie), Special Services / 01:56

Lucy Cline (Huie) describes the Camp Gordon military hospital in Augusta, Georgia, and the types of ailments with which service members were admitted. - WWII
Lucy Cline (Huie), Special Services / 02:00

Lucy Cline (Huie) talks about why she decided to work at a military hospital during World War II, and how injured and sick service members most enjoyed their time there. - WWII
Lucy Cline (Huie), Special Services / 02:36

Boyd McKeown describes the process by which American troops were sent home after World War II, and how German prisoners often came across information faster than the troops themselves. - WWII
Boyd McKeown, 589th Army Air Force Band / 03:33

Boyd McKeown remembers a poignant moment while headed home from deployment after World War II. - WWII
Boyd McKeown, 589th Army Air Force Band / :57

Boyd McKeown talks about how World War II differed from the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. - WWII
Boyd McKeown, 589th Army Air Force Band / :59

Robert H. Harris remembers trading his B-24 aircraft with another pilot, and the consequences that occured during their very next mission. - WWII
Robert H. Harris, Army Air Corps / 03:37

Robert H. Harris describes flying missions from Burma into China over "The Hump", the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains, and the difficult conditions there that took many pilots' lives. - WWII
Robert H. Harris, Army Air Corps / 04:24

Robert H. Harris recalls being mysteriously recruited to fly the United States' first jet aircraft, the Bell P-59 Airacomet. - WWII
Robert H. Harris, Army Air Corps / 03:58

During a return flight to England, after a long bombing run, another bomber in the formation forces Kirk's plane to make a sudden dive toward the English Channel. - WWII
Kirk Price, 8th Air Force, 303rd Bomb Group, 360th Bomb Squadron, B-17 Tail Gunner / 3:09

During a nine hour plus bombing mission, over ten bombers were lost as German fighter planes attacked the formation. Kirk describes witnessing planes falling from the sky. - WWII
Kirk Price, 8th Air Force, 303rd Bomb Group, 360th Bomb Squadron, B-17 Tail Gunner / 4:12

Charles talks about the "Carolina Maneuvers" in 1941, where his training took place with unusual equipment. - WWII
Charles Wollmer, Captain, U.S. Army, 3rd Armored Div., 83rd Armored Recon Bn. / 1:58

Charles goes to a dance on his Army Post during December 1941, meeting the woman of his dreams. - WWII
Charles Wollmer, Captain, U.S. Army, 3rd Armored Div., 83rd Armored Recon Bn. / 1:36

Charles makes $500 in a poker game, sending $400 home to his wife and using the other $100 to treat himself. - WWII
Charles Wollmer, Captain, U.S. Army, 3rd Armored Div., 83rd Armored Recon Bn. / 1:28

Charles sees his first dead body during the war, and to this day, he still remembers it vividly. - WWII
Charles Wollmer, Captain, U.S. Army, 3rd Armored Div., 83rd Armored Recon Bn. / 1:57

Charles' armored division crosses the Siegfried Line into Germany quickly encountering a German pillbox. - WWII
Charles Wollmer, Captain, U.S. Army, 3rd Armored Div., 83rd Armored Recon Bn. / 6:54

During John's service in North Africa, during WWII, he witnesses military mishaps. - WWII
John McDermott, U.S. Army, 1st Sgt. 1st Armored Division / 2:14

While still stationed stateside, Jonathan witnesses several military planes crash. - WWII
Dr. Jonathan Swift, 2nd Lt. Bombardier, 8th Air Force, 303rd Bomb Group, 358th Bomber Squadron / 3:10

Jonathan describes the outfit he wore at high altitudes, while his bomber flew over occupied Europe. - WWII
Dr. Jonathan Swift, 2nd Lt. Bombardier, 8th Air Force, 303rd Bomb Group, 358th Bomber Squadron / 2:02

Jonathan reunites with a fellow bomb crew member in London, who had previously bailed out of a burning bomber while over Germany. - WWII
Dr. Jonathan Swift, 2nd Lt. Bombardier, 8th Air Force, 303rd Bomb Group, 358th Bomber Squadron / 4:10

Richard Fiske describes a tragic mistake that took place during the pandemonium after the Japanese Pearl Harbor attack. Footage donated by Bill Shea. - WWII
Richard Fiske, USS West Virginia / 02:23

Richard Fiske recounts the incredible toll that was paid in human lives on the small island of Iwo Jima during World War II. Footage donated by Bill Shea. - WWII
Richard Fiske, USS West Virginia / 2:10

Richard Fiske describes an incredible feat of the "Scrap Iron Lady", a name lovingly given to the USS West Virginia after it sank and was rebuilt after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Footage donated by Bill Shea. - WWII
Richard Fiske, USS West Virginia / 01:28

Roger shares a funny story about being a Sgt. for three weeks. - WWII
Roger Sheridan, U.S. Army, 8th Armored Division, Corp. of Engineers / :46

Roger describes a unique explosion while serving overseas. - WWII
Roger Sheridan, U.S. Army, 8th Armored Division, Corp. of Engineers / 2:48

During a cold January in 1945 while traveling through Luxembourg, Roger encounters a checkpoint with unique passwords. - WWII
Roger Sheridan, U.S. Army, 8th Armored Division, Corp. of Engineers / 2:17

Roger and his platoon enter Germany and are forced to destroy a house in order to build a road. - WWII
Roger Sheridan, U.S. Army, 8th Armored Division, Corp. of Engineers / 2:31

As Roger and his platoon cross the Elbe River in Germany, a close bullet round forces a grenade to be thrown. - WWII
Roger Sheridan, U.S. Army, 8th Armored Division, Corp. of Engineers / 1:55

Roger experiences massive artillery rounds in Holland while at the same time seeing a P-47 pilot parachute down toward him. - WWII
Roger Sheridan, U.S. Army, 8th Armored Division, Corp. of Engineers / 2:54

Robert Walker, a bomb loader, describes a hair-raising incident with a temperamental bomb. - WWII
Robert Walker, 9th Air Force / 04:00

Robert Walker recollects an emotional encounter while making his way from the European to the Pacific fronts near the end of World War II. - WWII
Robert Walker, 9th Air Force / 1:51

After a German artillery shell exploded dangerously close to him, Sherburn Searl praises the speed at which his fellow soldiers treated his life-threatening injury. - WWII
Sherburn Searl, Jr., 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division / 02:37

Sherburn Searl tells a story of how quickly and arbitrarily tragedy could strike during wartime. - WWII
Sherburn Searl, Jr., 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division / 2:13

Bill's LSM (ship) is attacked by German fighter planes. Bill fights back using a 20mm anti-aircraft gun. - WWII
Bill York, 3rd Class Petty Officer, LCT Flotilla 20, LCT Group 60, USS LSMR 526/527 / 3:18

Sam Hunt talks about the logistics and bureaucracy of the U.S. Army during the war. - WWII
Sam Hunt, Major, U.S. Army, Ordinance, Tank Automotive Center / 4:01

Maria Hirschmann, author of several books about her life experiences during World War II, shares her perspective on the war and freedom, and expresses her incredible gratitude to the service members who saved her life. - WWII
Maria Hirschmann, Nazi Youth / 04:59

Roland, after crossing the Atlantic, has a unique encounter with Sir Winston Churchill. - WWII
Roland "Knob" Knobel, Jr., Commander, U.S.Navy, U.S.S. Kearsarge & U.S.S. Megara / 4:40

Roland's ship engages numerous Japanese ships near Iron Bottom Sound in the Pacific, forcing shots to be fired and ships sunk. - WWII
Roland "Knob" Knobel, Jr., Commander, U.S.Navy, U.S.S. Kearsarge & U.S.S. Megara / 4:07

Tom shares a quick story of loss during the invasion of Sicily. - WWII
Tom Goodman, Army Air Corps, 313th Troop Carrier Group, 47th Troop Carrier Squadron / :31

Robert Self, a tugboat captain, recalls rescuing dozens of crew members of the USS Maddox after it was hit by a German dive bomber during the invasion of Sicily on July 10, 1943. - WWII
Robert Self, U.S. Navy / 03:12

Robert Self remembers being blown into the water while trying to rescue sailors from a burning ship outside of Anzio, Italy, in 1943. - WWII
Robert Self, USS Intent / 03:43

Leading up to the D-Day invasion at Salerno, Italy, Robert Self describes surviving aircraft and machine gun fire after his tug boat was beached on a sand bar for 32 days. - WWII
Robert Self, U.S. Navy / 06:37

Joseph Butler recalls taking shots at passing German soldiers outside of Brest, France, and witnessing an unfortunate incident with a British dive bomber. - WWII
Joseph Butler, 111th Field Artillery, 29th Infantry Division / 04:41

Pete shares a story about the 100th Bomb Group who had developed a reputation that attracted enemy fighter planes. - WWII
Pete M. Ebersole, 1st Lt., B-17 Pilot, Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group / 1:33

During early January 1945 Pete's B-17 encounters severe problems on its first crossing of the English Channel, forcing Pete to have to return the plane to England. - WWII
Pete M. Ebersole, 1st Lt., B-17 Pilot, Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group / 2:29

Pete explains the proper protocol when faced with having to parachute or crash land in enemy territory. - WWII
Pete M. Ebersole, 1st Lt., B-17 Pilot, Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group / 2:16

While serving as a nurse in England during WWII, Geraldine treats a wounded ball turret gunner who had broken his leg. The wounded airman ultimately becomes her husband. - WWII
Geraldine Huls, 2nd Lt., Army Nurse Corps, 30th General Hospital / 1:24

Video donated by the Kenneth Huls family: While stationed in England Ken witnesses two planes near his base, crash after colliding into each other. - WWII
Kenneth Huls, Army Air Corps, Ball Turret Gunner / 4:17

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. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / :54

Arnold Whittaker recollects the difficulty, both emotionally and physically, of dealing with fallen soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 03:18

Elmer Foytan recollects both the heroism and poor judgement of one fellow Marine while stationed on Guadalcanal. - WWII
Elmer Foytan, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division / 01:26

After joining the OSS, Frank Gleason recalls becoming a "trained terrorist" and remarks about how many American saboteurs infiltrated the German ranks during the war. - WWII
Frank Gleason, Office of Strategic Services / 03:39

At the age of 22, Frank Gleason recalls being given the responsibility of transporting 87 civilians and service members to Bombay, India, for covert operations in 1943. - WWII
Frank Gleason, Office of Strategic Services / 04:57

Frank Gleason recalls a strange set of circumstances and coincidences during a covert sabotage mission in China. - WWII
Frank Gleason, Office of Strategic Services / 10:10

Frank Gleason describes his first mission to destroy vital bridges in China in order to stall Japanese movement in the area. - WWII
Frank Gleason, Office of Strategic Services / 04:18

Luke Huggins remembers how something as innocent as smoking led to a non-combat death. - WWII
Luke Huggins, 351st Battalion, A Battery, Cannon Company / 2:01

Alfred reveals how his ship would bombard the Pacific island beaches and defenses prior to the Marines landing. - WWII
Alfred Jackson, Steward's Mate, U.S. Navy, USS Portland CA-33 / 1:37

Alfred explains his various roles upon ship, that of a Steward's Mate and Heavy Gun Loader. - WWII
Alfred Jackson, Steward's Mate, U.S. Navy, USS Portland CA-33 / 1:03

Alfred's ship, the USS Portland, is delayed from returning home due to its sister ships, the USS Indianapolis and USS Louisville being hit. - WWII
Alfred Jackson, Steward's Mate, U.S. Navy, USS Portland CA-33 / 1:33

Alfred, while aboard ship, witnesses Marines attacking the beaches. Once an island was secured, he and other sailors were allowed to go ashore for recreation. - WWII
Alfred Jackson, Steward's Mate, U.S. Navy, USS Portland CA-33 / 3:52

Ralph Gher goes through his training process as he is taught to became a Navy aviator. - WWII
Ralph Gher, Navy Aviation Cadet / 4:32

Nade describes how he would know when to release his B-24's bombs when flying in formation over a target. - WWII
Nade Habshey, Nose Gunner, Army Air Corps, 15th Air Force, 449th Bomb Group, 717th Squadron / 4:00

Nade describes how he discovers how a B-24 bomber in his bomb group is lost. - WWII
Nade Habshey, Nose Gunner, Army Air Corps, 15th Air Force, 449th Bomb Group, 717th Squadron / 1:55

Nade tells a funny story about his first mission on a B-24 while overseas. - WWII
Nade Habshey, Nose Gunner, Army Air Corps, 15th Air Force, 449th Bomb Group, 717th Squadron / 1:25

James Benefield goes through his transfer from the US to Scotland in the month leading up to the invasion of France. - WWII
James Benefield, 207th Combat Engineers / 1:43

On February 1, 1943 Hank has a baptism in fire when he witness the USS DeHaven DD-469 hit by Japanese planes and sunk. - WWII
Albert "Hank" Sturgess, Jr., Lt. U.S. Navy, USS Radford DD-446 / 1:47

Ed Callahan ponders the psychological reasons behind why certain soldiers were more brazen than perhaps necessary on the battlefield. - WWII
Ed Callahan, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment / 01:54

Gordon Wilson begins his detailed account of his special troops unit, nicknamed the "Ghost Army", whose secret mission it was to deceive and misinform the enemy on the frontlines of Europe through 1944 and 1945. Part 1 of 3. - WWII
Gordon Wilson: The Ghost Army, Part 1, 23rd Headquarters Special Troops / 11:10

As a member of a secret unit, Gordon Wilson continues his story of frontlines trickery which aided Allied Forces in taking the city of Metz and in crossing the Rhine River into Germany. Part 2 of 3. - WWII
Gordon Wilson: The Ghost Army, Part 2, 23rd Headquarters Special Troops / 14:35

Gordon Wilson completes his recounting of the history and actions of his secret specialty unit, including their part in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and 1945. Part 3 of 3. - WWII
Gordon Wilson: The Ghost Army, Part 3, 23rd Headquarters Special Troops / 09:46

John Bullard is brought into a Parachute Infantry Regiment fresh out of OCS, and in no time becomes a Company Commander. - WWII
John Bullard, 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division / 3:23

John Bullard recalls the shock and disbelief that went through him and his men when news came out of the atomic attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. - WWII
John Bullard, 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division / 1:16

John Bullard goes through the pros and cons of soldiers getting their boots wet. - WWII
John Bullard, 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division / 2:50

While on patrol in the Philippines, John Bullard and the men of his unit encounter what one soldier can only describe as "tree gators." - WWII
John Bullard, 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division / 3:07

Hank tells a funny story about "borrowing" a boat from a Navy officer, in order to go to a dance. - WWII
Albert "Hank" Sturgess, Jr., Lt. U.S. Navy, USS Radford DD446, Destroyer Div. 21 / 2:17

Hank explains how the bartering system worked between ships when a downed pilot was rescued. - WWII
Albert "Hank" Sturgess, Jr., Lt. U.S. Navy, USS Radford DD446, Destroyer Div. 21 / 4:25

Hank's ship is involved in a search and rescue for a famous downed pilot. - WWII
Albert "Hank" Sturgess, Jr., Lt. U.S. Navy, USS Radford DD446, Destroyer Div. 21 / 5:56

While conducting shore bombardments near Hollandia, Hank's ship rescues an enemy pilot. - WWII
Albert "Hank" Sturgess, Jr., Lt. U.S. Navy, USS Radford DD446, Destroyer Div. 21 / 2:47

While loading up on supplies and ammunition in the Phillipines, Melvin Smith witnesses a terrible accident. - WWII
Melvin Smith, USS Peiffer (DE-588) / 1:54

Melvin Smith recalls how his disregard for the rules landed him in the brig, and how that time saved his life. - WWII
Melvin Smith, USS Peiffer (DE-588) / 3:00

Melvin Smith goes through his time in Luzon and his experiences during the battle. - WWII
Melvin Smith, USS Peiffer (DE-588) / 2:22

As a member of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's honor guard, Chris Nix recalls his involvement in the signing of the treaty ending the war with Japan in 1945. Clip provided by Chris Nix. - WWII
Chris Nix, 187th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division / 07:37

Kenneth shares his experience during an intense combat mission after his plane engines were heavily damaged due to flak. - WWII
Kenneth Powell, Pilot, 1st Lt., U.S. Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 401st Bomb Group / 11:23

Ray shares his experience of losing several fellow soldiers in combat while pinned down by artillery fire. - WWII
Ray Swaim, U.S. Army, 26th Inf. Div., 104th Inf., Co. K / 5:37

Ray discusses the end of his combat career after being wounded in battle. - WWII
Ray Swaim, U.S. Army, 26th Inf. Div., 104th Inf., Co. K / 7:29

Bob King, a Huey UH1 pilot, describes the time he crash-landed in the Vietnam jungle after taking enemy fire during a rescue mission. - Vietnam
Bob King, 199th Helicopter Unit / 04:59

Bob King recalls destroying a North Vietnamese building only to discover there were more than just Vietnamese there. - Vietnam
Bob King, 199th Helicopter Unit / 01:35

Nollie Carpenter remembers witnessing a heartbreaking event while his company headed towards Manila to free hostages held by the Japanese. - WWII
Nollie Carpenter, 1st Cavalry Division / 03:54

Nollie Carpenter tells the sad story of a fellow soldier as they neared the end of World War II. - WWII
Nollie Carpenter, 1st Cavalry Division / 3:03

Bo shares his experiences in combat and how he survived the brutal weather with the help of his mother's gifts. - Korea
Bo Callaway, U.S. Army, 17th Infantry / 5:33

Bo discusses his experiences while defending the Yalu River in China during his combat career. - Korea
Bo Callaway, U.S. Army, 17th Infantry / 7:13

Bo shares many different experiences during his career. Such as his first combat experience, living conditions, and a funny incident. - Korea
Bo Callaway, U.S. Army, 17th Infantry / 8:25

George Coy discusses the graphic landing experiences on Leyte during the initial Philippine Liberation in October 1944. - WWII
George Coy, U.S. Army, 96th Inf. Div., Co. E, 382 Inf. Reg. / 6:47

Greg discusses his very first experiences and emotions during his arrival to Vietnam. - Vietnam
Greg Camp, Co. Commander, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 4:04

Greg discusses his platoon's first enemy contact during a search and destroy mission. - Vietnam
Greg Camp, Co. Commander, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 4:26

Greg shares the struggles he faced during his first combat mission which led to him earning a bronze star. - Vietnam
Greg Camp, Co. Commander, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 2:44

Greg discusses his intense combat experience in Cambodia as a company commander. - Vietnam
Greg Camp, Co. Commander, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 6:23

Greg discusses a tragedy that took place during a battle in Cambodia that resulted in several fatalities. - Vietnam
Greg Camp, Co. Commander, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 2:08

Marvin Dyer talks about the damage he saw at Pearl Harbor when he arrived there a few days after the Japanese attack. - WWII
Marvin Dyer, USS Hammann / 02:17

Stationed on the destroyer USS Hammann, Marvin Dyer describes what life was like on a ship in the Pacific. - WWII
Marvin Dyer, USS Hammann / 03:54

After suffering casualties during the Battle of Midway, Marvin Dyer describes how fallen sailors were buried at sea on the way back to Pearl Harbor. - WWII
Marvin Dyer, USS Hammann / 04:04

During Operation Sandstone, Marvin Dyer talks about patrolling the test areas and witnessing nuclear explosions on the small island of Enewetak in 1948. - Cold War
Marvin Dyer, USS Marsh / 02:55

John Gannon describes a strategy that German U-boats would use to open up Allied convoy defenses in the Atlantic. - WWII
John Gannon, USS New York / 01:20

Not a fan of praise, Roland Marbaugh explains why he never accepted The Purple Heart, despite one doctor's insistence. - Korea
Roland Marbaugh, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines / 1:46

Rob describes a funny incident that took place in a Chicago bar before he left for Vietnam. - Vietnam
Robert Doll, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 2:33

Bo shares a funny incident that took place in his platoon between his medic and commander. - Korea
Bo Callaway, U.S. Army, 17th Infantry / 2:29

Bo shares the experiences his platoon faced in the field. - Korea
Bo Callaway, U.S. Army, 17th Infantry / 3:11

Rob describes the relationship he had with his father before the war, and how he took his fathers advice. - Vietnam
Robert Doll, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 1:58

Serving as a B-17 bombardier, Harvard Kniffen recalls the series of unlucky incidents that occurred during his first bombing mission over Europe. - WWII
Harvard Kniffen, 493rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force / 7:07

Harvard Kniffen remembers one bombing mission when his navigator fell prey to the dangers of low oxygen. - WWII
Harvard Kniffen, 493rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force / 01:24

Harvard Kniffen describes taking severe flak damage on a bombing run over Berlin. - WWII
Harvard Kniffen, 493rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force / 02:38

Harvard Kniffen describes the "mercy missions" his unit flew delivering supplies to the Dutch and a special thank you message for their efforts. - WWII
Harvard Kniffen, 493rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force / 01:13

A B-17 bombardier, Harvard Kniffen details the types of gear that his crew would wear for bombing missions. - WWII
Harvard Kniffen, 493rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force / 02:09

Robert Jordan recounts how his unit first landed in the Leyte Gulf and their time there. - WWII
Robert Jordan, 866th Aviation Engineers Battalion / 3:28

Bill Watson recounts how he came to understand how battle can make a man feel good. - WWII
Bill Watson, 100th Infantry Division / 1:16

Bill Watson and a fellow soldier take on the troubles of a small town in Germany after being released from German captivity after the end of the war. - WWII
Bill Watson, 100th Infantry Division / 1:42

While on the island of Leyte during World War II, Lewis Durant remembers watching Gen. Douglas MacArthur wading onto the beach to make his historical "I have returned" speech. - WWII
Lewis Durant, Headquarters Battery, 168th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion / 01:01

Ed Addison tells the story of how a hometown connection got him through Air Force flight school. - WWII
Ed Addison, 507th Fighter Group, 464th Fighter Squadron / 05:13

Ed Addison remembers how a particular sweet treat raised their standard of living immensely while deployed in the Pacific. - WWII
Ed Addison, 507th Fighter Group, 464th Fighter Squadron / 01:17

Ed Addison describes flying over Nagasaki the day after the atomic bomb blast. - WWII
Ed Addison, 507th Fighter Group, 464th Fighter Squadron / :40

Rob describes an intense firefight within a rice patty in Vietnam. - Vietnam
Rob Doll, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 4:30

Rob describes an intense firefight and the discovery of an incredible underground installation in Vietnam. - Vietnam
Rob Doll, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 6:11

Mr. Mobley describes a tragedy that took place during jungle school training in Vietnam. - Vietnam
Tarlon Mobley, U.S. Army, 173 Airborne Brigade / 0:58

Tarlon shares his first experiences with his unit on patrol in Vietnam. - Vietnam
Tarlon Mobley, U.S. Army, 173 Airborne Brigade / 1:37

Tarlon describes a close call with a trip wire during a patrol. - Vietnam
Tarlon Mobley, U.S. Army, 173 Airborne Brigade / 3:49

Tarlon shares an intense experience he had while defending a listening post. - Vietnam
Tarlon Mobley, U.S. Army, 173 Airborne Brigade / 3:49

Tarlon describes his first experience of being under direct fire. - Vietnam
Tarlon Mobley, U.S. Army, 173 Airborne Brigade / 3:41

Tarlon describes the humorous relief of fellow soldiers tumbling down hills in Vietnam. - Vietnam
Tarlon Mobley, U.S. Army, 173 Airborne Brigade / 1:23

Mr. Mobley describes a health mishap he faced on a patrol that almost put his team in crisis. - Vietnam
Tarlon Mobley, U.S. Army, 173 Airborne Brigade / 3:27

Tarlon describes an incident with a giant water leech during a patrol. - Vietnam
Tarlon Mobley, U.S. Army, 173 Airborne Brigade / 1:37

Herb Uthlaut recalls the variety of infantry training he received and the price he paid for his rank at the time. - WWII
Herb Uthlaut, U.S. Army Signal Corps / 1:24

Herb Uthlaut explains the unfortunate circumstances of his long journey across the Atlantic in a modified ocean liner. - WWII
Herb Uthlaut, U.S. Army Signal Corps / 1:16

Herb Uthlaut goes through the events that led him from a non-commissioned Staff Sgt. to a commissioned officer. - WWII
Herb Uthlaut, U.S. Army Signal Corps / 2:16

Ben Magzamin talks about what the fighting was like on the island of New Guinea in the Pacific. - WWII
Ben Magzamin, 3rd Battalion, 63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division / 01:57

Colin Monteith details the destruction that he witnessed, both to property and to persons, after arriving in Nagasaki shortly after the atomic bomb was dropped. - WWII
Colin Monteith III, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division / 02:55

Horace "Kip" Kippels describes being part of the second echelon of troops in the invasion of Okinawa, and his time in the area leading up to the anticipated invasion of Japan. - WWII
Horace Kippels, 3345th Signal Service Company, Army Signal Corps / 05:44

Fred Sealy tells his story of how he ended up in the Air Corps and the dangers involved in flying secret missions over "The Hump" from India into China during World War II. - WWII
Fred Sealy, 20th Ferrying Group, Air Transport Command / 05:16

Fred Sealy remembers his time in Tokyo after the end of World War II, including an amusing story of how he paid his respects at the Emperor's Palace. - WWII
Fred Sealy, 20th Ferrying Group, Air Transport Command / 02:47

After taking fire and eventually overcoming a German machine gun battery, Morton Chalef describes the surprising discovery of just who had been manning the guns. - WWII
Morton Chalef, 102nd Infantry Division / 01:27

After taking over a German position in Krefeld, Germany, Morton Chalef remembers capturing and escorting 11 German prisoners, but making a nearly fatal mistake in the process. - WWII
Morton Chalef, 102nd Infantry Division / 07:22

Philip Carney recalls a few of the events during the 76 straight days his company spent securing bridges in Holland during World War II. - WWII
Philip Carney, HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division / 13:38

Philip Carney describes fighting in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. - WWII
Philip Carney, HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division / 14:07

Judge Dan Winn talks about a few of the atrocities committed by the Japanese government before and during World War II. - WWII
Judge Dan Winn, U.S. Marine Air Corps / 01:50

Judge Dan Winn describes Japanese "Hell Ships" which they used to transport prisoners of war during World War II. - WWII
Judge Dan Winn, U.S. Marine Air Corps / 01:42

Judge Dan Winn discusses Japan's Unit 731, which conducted biological experiments on Chinese test subjects before and during World War II. - WWII
Judge Dan Winn, U.S. Marine Air Corps / 02:01

Judge Dan Winn goes over casualty statistics from specific Pacific island invasions leading up to the proposed invasion of mainland Japan, and argues for the justification of dropping the atomic bomb. - WWII
Judge Dan Winn, U.S. Marine Air Corps / 09:39

Judge Dan Winn comments on the ultimatum that was given to the Japanese during World War II, and where the inherent responsibility for the atomic bomb lies. - WWII
Judge Dan Winn, U.S. Marine Air Corps / 03:56

Orval Kitsmiller tells the childhood story of why he decided he wanted to join the Army as an adult. - WWII
Orval Kitsmiller, 1st Armored Division / 03:00

Orval Kitsmiller talks about how his troop ship was hit by a German dud torpedo, and speculates about how the torpedo became a dud. - WWII
Orval Kitsmiller, 1st Armored Division / 01:39

Deployed to Northern Africa during World War II, Orval Kitsmiller recalls an experience he had with Arabian French Foreign Legion members. - WWII
Orval Kitsmiller, 1st Armored Division / 02:28

Frank Thomas recalls the dangers his Merchant Marine ship encountered on one troop and supply delivery to Italy. - WWII
Frank Thomas, Merchant Marine / 04:38

Mr. Bowman describes an intense Captain he had during his training prior to his career. - Vietnam
Don Bowman, U.S. Army, Co. A, 1st ABG, 504th Infantry / 1:43

Don describes experiences he faced as a battalion executive, as well as the challenges that come along with it. - Vietnam
Don Bowman, U.S. Army, Co. A, 1st ABG, 504th Infantry / 3:37

Don discusses deciphering a Vietnamese map to discover enemy tactics. - Vietnam
Don Bowman, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Div. / 4:15

Don explains an intense battle with the NVA in Vietnam, and the casualties he faced. - Vietnam
Don Bowman, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Div. / 2:45

Part 1: Don describes the advances the NVA had over the Vietnamese enemy, and an intense battle scenario. - Vietnam
Don Bowman, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Div. / 10:02

Part 2: Mr. Bowman finishes his description of an intense battle with the NVA. - Vietnam
Don Bowman, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Div. / 9:28

Don describes a battle in Khe Sanh, Vietnam in graphic detail. - Vietnam
Don Bowman, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Div. / 6:18

Vincent Vivardo remembers a few incidents when New Guinea natives would help the Marines locate enemy Japanese locations. - WWII
Vincent Vivardo, 1st Marine Division / 04:39

Vincent Vivardo describes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, during which he shot down several aircraft and earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. - WWII
Vincent Vivardo, 1st Marine Division / 03:32

Vincent Vivardo comments on how the Marine Corps found out his real age, after he had already served three years and fought four battles in the Pacific. - WWII
Vincent Vivardo, 1st Marine Division / 04:35

Jim Sheehan talks about how the Allies would deal with the 12 and 13-year old children that were found fighting for Germany during World War II. - WWII
Jim Sheehan, 14th Armored Combat Infantry Division / 01:00

Jim McCabe describes the "worst thing" he saw during all of his combat experience. - WWII
Jim McCabe, 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion, 3rd Army / 01:16

Bill Small talks about trying to create smoke screens to hide Navy vessels from Japanese bombers while Marines were securing the island of Saipan in the Pacific. - WWII
Bill Small, SS Mormacport / 06:49

Charles Felner recalls a time one of his fellow soldiers was struck by friendly artillery fire. - WWII
Charles Felner, 171st Engineer Combat Battalion, 13th Corps, 9th Army / 02:07

Sally Harms recalls witnessing an emotional moment as the Pope met with troops in Rome during World War II. - WWII
Sally Harms, Red Cross / 02:42

Sally Harms tells the story behind receiving a thank you gift from one memorable officer that she spent time with in Italy during World War II. - WWII
Sally Harms, Red Cross / 01:44

Larry Gardner remembers the "most heartbreaking" thing he saw during World War II. - WWII
Larry Gardner, 44th Division, 71st Regiment, Company B / 01:04

Herb Schreibman talks about some of the circumstances that led to high rates of suicide among service members in the Pacific during World War II. - WWII
Herb Schreibman, U.S. Navy 20th Seabees / 01:36

Fred Simonini describes the role of his Portable Surgical Hospital as well as a few memorable events they experienced in the Pacific during World War II. - WWII
Fred Simonini, 57th Portable Surgical Hospital / 02:03

Peter DiFoggio shares his view of how the will of the American people was the driving force behind winning World War II. - WWII
Peter DiFoggio, 366th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force / 01:20

Peter DiFoggio describes the role his fighter group played in the Allied push across Europe during World War II. - WWII
Peter DiFoggio, 366th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force / 03:20

Peter DiFoggio describes the experience of coming across furnaces where German troops burned human bodies. - WWII
Peter DiFoggio, 366th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force / 01:08

While poised to take Berlin, Peter DiFoggio talks about why frustrated American troops had to sit tight for three weeks. - WWII
Peter DiFoggio, 366th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force / :57

Peter DiFoggio comments on President Truman's decision to drop the atomic bombs over Japan. - WWII
Peter DiFoggio, 366th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force / 01:10

Peter DiFoggio shares his respect for Gen. George S. Patton because of his accomplishments and leadership during World War II. - WWII
Peter DiFoggio, 366th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force / 02:09

Mr. Simpson explains his experience of being under rocket fire while stationed at his division base camp. - Vietnam
Bob Simpson, U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division / 3:49

Mr. Simpson describes an intense battle that took place on a hill between the north Vietnamese and the U.S. that resulted in multiple casualties. - Vietnam
Bob Simpson, U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division / 12:00

Mr. Gaddy describes his experience of being under shell fire while fighting the Japanese. - WWII
William Gaddy, U.S. Army, 612th FAB Pack, CBI Theater / :45

Mr. Gaddy explains an accident that took place during rifle training. - WWII
William Gaddy, U.S. Army, 612th FAB Pack, CBI Theater / 1:58

Mr. Carey discusses landing in Samoa for training and the insects he and his fellow soldiers faced that inflicted disease. - WWII
John Carey, U.S. Marine Corps, 3rd Marine Division / 2:20

Mr. Carey describes the excitement he and his fellow shipmates experienced when they saw topless Samoan women while harboring at Pago Pago. - WWII
John Carey, U.S. Marine Corps, 3rd Marine Division / 1:06

Mr. Carey explains the importance of collecting enemy intelligence. - WWII
John Carey, U.S. Marine Corps, 3rd Marine Division / 4:11

While serving as a Navy fireman, Frank Nilson talks about preparing for and observing the invasion of Okinawa in April of 1945. - WWII
Frank Nilson, ACORN 29 / 09:04

Frank Nilson recalls the disturbing story he was told regarding the numerous caves on Okinawa. - WWII
Frank Nilson, ACORN 29 / 09:48

While serving as a fireman at Yontan Airfield on Okinawa, Frank Nilson remembers a few of the numerous crashes that occurred there. - WWII
Frank Nilson, ACORN 29 / 07:15

Frank Nilson recalls the Japanese air raids he experienced while stationed in Okinawa during World War II. - WWII
Frank Nilson, ACORN 29 / 02:37

Mr. Brower describes fighting against German fighter planes while operating a B-17 under flak fire. - WWII
Arnold Brower, U.S. Army Air Corps, 390th Bomb Group, 8th AF 3rd Bomb Wing, 369th Bomb Squadron, / 3:46

Mr. Brower discusses fighting alongside Russian soldiers over an oil field in Romania. - WWII
Arnold Brower, U.S. Army Air Corps, 390th Bomb Group, 8th AF 3rd Bomb Wing, 369th Bomb Squadron, / 4:02

Mr. Brower describes a B-17 maintenance failure while flying through an immense thunder storm. - WWII
Arnold Brower, U.S. Army Air Corps, 390th Bomb Group, 8th AF 3rd Bomb Wing, 369th Bomb Squadron, / 3:55

Mr. Wilson shares his experience of supplying artillery fire during a battle against Korean forces. - Korea
Bob Wilson, U.S. Army Air Corps, Amphibians Transport, 159th Field Battalion. / 2:22

Harold Latham remembers the invasion of Iwo Jima and helping one fellow soldier make a final salute to the flag atop Mount Suribachi. - WWII
Harold Latham, USS Bayfield, Coast Guard / 02:24

Aboard the USS Bayfield, Harold Latham describes fighting off Japanese aircraft during the invasion of Okinawa. - WWII
Harold Latham, USS Bayfield, Coast Guard / 02:24

While making his way through France in the winter of 1944, Robert Fischle describes an eerie sight by the roadside. - WWII
Robert Fischle, 390th Anti-Aircraft Automatic Weapons Battalion / 01:08

Shortly after the end of World War II, Robert Fischle and a fellow soldier decide to investigate a large vacant warehouse in Germany, and make a surprising discovery. - WWII
Robert Fischle, 390th Anti-Aircraft Automatic Weapons Battalion / 01:09

Dexter Briggs describes serving as a Navy Armed Guard gunner aboard the Merchant Marine ship Franklin P. Mall, and witnessing a German torpedo attack. - WWII
Dexter Briggs, Navy Armed Guard / 01:57

Chaplain DeLoss Marken introduces a remarkable archive of film footage he recorded during his time in Europe during World War II, from his training in Northern Ireland, to North Africa and Italy. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Introduction, 34th Infantry Division / 08:39

Chaplain DeLoss Marken narrates film footage of both the soldiers' and the locals' day to day lives from his time training in Northern Ireland at the beginning of World War II. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 1-1, 34th Infantry Division / 13:24

Chaplain DeLoss Marken continues sharing his perspective of the sights he experienced while training in Northern Ireland in early 1942. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 1-2, 34th Infantry Division / 11:56

Chaplain DeLoss Marken narrates his film footage from when his unit was deployed to North Africa in late 1942, including footage of French and Arab soldiers. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 2-1, 34th Infantry Division / 11:54

Chaplain DeLoss Marken's time in North Africa continues, including footage of Winston Churchill visiting troops in the area. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 2-2, 34th Infantry Division / 10:35

Chaplain DeLoss Marken describes film footage he recorded in North Africa in late 1942, which includes scenes of local Arab life, soldiers taking time out for recreation, as well as soldiers preparing for battle. Provided by the family of Deloss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 2-3, 34th Infantry Division / 13:43

Chaplain DeLoss Marken concludes his footage of North Africa, including shots of German prisoners of war and General Eisenhower. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 2-4, 34th Infantry Division / 15:07

Chaplain DeLoss Marken remembers some of the daily life and sights his camera witnessed while he served in Italy in 1943. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 3-1, 34th Infantry Division / 11:30

Chaplain DeLoss Marken continues his description of his time in Italy, including shots of buildings in Naples, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and locals relaxing near the Naples harbor. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 3-2, 34th Infantry Division / 14:03

Chaplain DeLoss Marken shows some of the buildings destroyed by bombings over Italy, olive tree orchards stripped bare by artillery fire, and the cemetery for fallen soldiers established at Anzio. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 3-3, 34th Infantry Division / 15:31

Chaplain DeLoss Marken narrates footage he shot while stationed in Italy in 1944, including a visit to the Roman Forum and his voyage back to the U.S. after being deployed for 36 months. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 3-4, 34th Infantry Division / 14:50

After coming back from leave, Chaplain DeLoss Marken heads back to Italy in 1944 and shares this footage. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 4-1, 34th Infantry Division / 14:50

Chaplain DeLoss Marken continues narrating his film footage, including scenes from Pisa, Venice, Bologna and Milan, as well as some candid imagery of the troops in the field. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 4-2, 34th Infantry Division / 14:56

Chaplain DeLoss Marken describes his footage from the aftermath of the liberation of Milan, Italy, and a funeral for local Italian citizens. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 4-3, 34th Infantry Division / 11:38

Chaplain DeLoss Marken concludes his film archive with scenes of soldiers relaxing in the French Riviera and preparing to fly home after the end of the war. Provided by the family of DeLoss Marken. - WWII
DeLoss Marken: A Chaplain's View, Part 4-4, 34th Infantry Division / 13:15

Col. Rawlinson describes a funny incident that took place at a Navy recruiting station. - WWII
Col. William Rawlinson, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Reg., H Company / 1:17

Col. Rawlinson explains an emotional incident with his father as he left for war. - WWII
Col. William Rawlinson, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Reg., H Company / 2:27

Col. Rawlinson tells a funny story about a fellow soldier that was unable to read or write. - WWII
Col. William Rawlinson, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Reg., H Company / 4:34

Col. Rawlinson describes his graphic experience of landing on Iwo Jima. - WWII
Col. William Rawlinson, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Reg., H Company / 6:10

Col. Rawlinson describes his emotional breakdown during his first night on Iwo Jima. - WWII
Col. William Rawlinson, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Reg., H Company / 6:40

Col. Rawlinson gives a detailed description of destroying numerous Japanese fortifications. - WWII
Col. William Rawlinson, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Reg., H Company / 2:35

Col. Rawlinson discusses a difficult battle against Japanese forces on Nishi Ridge. - WWII
Col. William Rawlinson, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Reg., H Company / 3:34

Col. Rawlinson explains hearing Japanese soldiers fix a meal beneath a hill his platoon was stationed on. - WWII
Col. William Rawlinson, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Reg., H Company / 2:30

Col. Rawlinson discusses an accident that involved his first experience of operating a flame thrower. - WWII
Col. William Rawlinson, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Reg., H Company / 1:54

Col. Rawlinson discusses an incident with an enemy soldier while stationed at Bloody Nose Ridge. - WWII
Col. William Rawlinson, U.S. Marine Corps, 5th Marine Division, 26th Marine Reg., H Company / 3:52

Mr. Kitchens discusses his experience of being aboard a naval destroyer while it was hit by a German torpedo. - WWII
Leon Kitchens, U.S. Navy, USS Sarsfield / 1:20

Mr. Mouw explains a funny incident between him and his strict ship commander. - WWII
Andy Mouw, U.S. Navy, USS Bismark, CVE-95 / 4:56

Ernie Heaton shares his first-hand experiences with the "Four Chaplains", four officers who selflessly sacrificed their lives after the USAT Dorchester was hit by a German torpedo during World War II. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Ernie Heaton, USAT Dorchester / 01:52

Ernie Heaton recalls the tragedy that struck hundreds of service members aboard the USAT Dorchester after it was hit by a German torpedo in the North Atlantic in February of 1943. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Ernie Heaton, USAT Dorchester / 02:46

Jack Jones describes how he became paralyzed after being hit by enemy sniper fire in France during World War II. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Jack Jones, U.S. Army / 02:30

Mr. Cochran discusses preparing for, and landing on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. - WWII
David Cochran, U.S. Army, 81st Chemical Battalion / 5:51

Mr. Cochran describes the supplies that he and his squad received to attack a German occupied town in Normandy. - WWII
David Cochran, U.S. Army, 81st Chemical Battalion / 4:45

Mr. Savage discusses sinking a Japanese sub while en route to the Philippines. - WWII
Hoyt Savage, U.S. Army, 789th MP Battalion / 3:34

Mr. Savage discusses using cherry bombs against Japanese forces during a battle on a mountainside. - WWII
Hoyt Savage, U.S. Army, 789th MP Battalion / 1:43

Mr. Starnes describes his experiences of invading Sicily and facing the German air force. - WWII
Jim Starnes, U.S.Navy, U.S.S. Boise / 2:01

Mr. Starnes discusses his voyage on the U.S.S. Boise when it served as a decoy from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo. - WWII
Jim Starnes, U.S.Navy, U.S.S. Boise / 3:30

Mr. Starnes discusses opening fire upon a Japanese fleet in Guadalcanal, as well as the outcome of the attack. - WWII
Jim Starnes, U.S.Navy, U.S.S. Missouri / 3:50

Mr. Starnes describes his first assignment as a part of the U.S.S. Missouri in Iwo Jima. - WWII
Jim Starnes, U.S.Navy, U.S.S. Missouri / 2:10

Mr. Starnes describes an intense firefight in Okinawa and a military funeral his crew held for a fallen enemy. - WWII
Jim Starnes, U.S.Navy, U.S.S. Missouri / 3:16

Bob Argo recalls his first experience with Japanese bombers in the Pacific, shortly followed by a mysterious encounter with an unidentified aircraft. - WWII
Bob Argo, USS Machias / 03:25

Bob Argo describes the living conditions on his ship in the Pacific during World War II. - WWII
Bob Argo, USS Machias / 04:50

Bill Cruickshank tells the story of how he first met Rupert von Trapp, the eldest of the Trapp Family Singers, from whom he coincidentally later received medical care after being wounded in battle. - WWII
Bill Cruickshank, 10th Mountain Division, 86th Mountain Regiment, C Company, Ski Mountain Troop / 07:25

Bill Cruickshank explains why his ski unit was created and describes the training process they went through preparing for mountain warfare in World War II. - WWII
Bill Cruickshank, 10th Mountain Division, 86th Mountain Regiment, C Company, Ski Mountain Troop / 05:36

Bill Cruickshank remembers his first combat experience capturing German troops on the Riva Ridge in Northern Italy, February of 1945, and how he came face to face with one of his German prisoners fifty years later. - WWII
Bill Cruickshank, 10th Mountain Division, 86th Mountain Regiment, C Company, Ski Mountain Troop / 07:15

Harvey Greenhaw describes the bombing of the caves at Corregidor in February of 1945, and receiving useful information from one captured Japanese officer. - WWII
Harvey Greenhaw, USS Thatcher / 02:25

Harvey Greenhaw recalls a run-in with a Japanese kamikaze plane near Okinawa in February of 1945. - WWII
Harvey Greenhaw, USS Thatcher / 04:32

Dan Greenberg describes his time repairing and upgrading aircraft while stationed on the island of Biak in the Dutch East Indies during World War II. - WWII
Dan Greenberg, 6th Engine Overhaul, U.S. Army Air Corps / 04:06

After being sent to Tokyo after the end of World War II for occupation duty, Dan Greenberg describes the contrast between the Japanese warriors during the war and the Japanese civilians after the war. - WWII
Dan Greenberg, 6th Engine Overhaul, U.S. Army Air Corps / 03:01

Mr. LaBonte describes an intense battle in the Philippines and taking Japanese prisoners. - WWII
Warren LaBonte, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Raymond, DE 341 / 4:03

Mr. Winters is on board the troopship Queen Mary when it collided with another ship near Scotland. - WWII
Robert Winters, U.S. Air Corps, 320th Bomb Group / 3:10

Mr. Childs discusses the difficulty of dealing with racist troops that he fought along side while serving with the U.S. Army. - WWII
Ishmael Childs, U.S. Army, 369th Anti-Aircraft, Artillery Battalion / 6:31

Doug Huggins walks us through his experiences during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. - WWII
Doug Huggins, USS St. Louis / 11:42

Doug Huggins shares the stories behind a few of the luxuries he and his fellow sailors "acquired" while serving in the Pacific. - WWII
Doug Huggins, USS St. Louis / 07:38

Doug Huggins describes a few instances of sailors who could not handle the stress of being under surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. - WWII
Doug Huggins, USS St. Louis / 03:14

Waldo Myers recalls the terrible destruction he witnessed while surveying Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the dropping of the atomic bombs. Provided by Bob Stevens, the Veterans' Forum. - WWII
Waldo Myers, U.S. Army Air Corps / 02:22

Mr. Miller describes his horrific experiences on the D-Day of Zamboanga and the results that followed. - WWII
John Miller, U.S. Army, Auto Mechanic, 41st Inf. Div., 741st Ordnance Co. / 6:53

Mr. Watkinson discusses taking damage while operating a Hellcat fighter plane and successfully landing it. - WWII
Bill Watkinson, U.S. Navy, Fighter Pilot, VF-9, VF-88 Squadrons, USS Yorktown / 2:06

Mr. Watkinson discusses the fatal loss of four fellow fighter pilots during a dogfight over Japan. - WWII
Bill Watkinson, U.S. Navy, Fighter Pilot, VF-9, VF-88 Squadrons, USS Yorktown / 3:21

Mr. Couillard shares his experiences of the battle at Tarawa. - WWII
Ben Couillard, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Yorktown, V1-T Division / 3:30

Mr. Couillard discusses the events that took place while sinking the Japanese battleship called the Yomato. - WWII
Ben Couillard, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Yorktown, V1-T Division / 4:52

Mr. Couillard describes the tragic loss of the U.S.S. Franklin carrying over five hundred men. - WWII
Ben Couillard, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Yorktown, V1-T Division / 8:08

Mr. Whitaker discusses the graphic details of his first assignment on Okinawa. - WWII
Richard Whitaker, U.S. Marine Corps, 6th Marine Division, 29th Regiment, 2nd Battalion / 4:27

Mr. Whitaker describes his brutal experience of assaulting Sugarloaf Hill on Okinawa. - WWII
Richard Whitaker, U.S. Marine Corps, 6th Marine Division, 29th Regiment, 2nd Battalion / 4:36

Mr. Whitaker describes the intense battle that followed the landing on Oroku Peninsula. - WWII
Richard Whitaker, U.S. Marine Corps, 6th Marine Division, 29th Regiment, 2nd Battalion / 7:57

Aboard the USS Enterprise, Ivan Booke describes taking Japanese aircraft fire while supporting troops raiding Guadalcanal in August of 1942. Provided by Mike Coen, Veterans History Project. - WWII
Ivan Booke, USS Enterprise / 05:25

Ivan Booke talks about taking part in the Doolittle raid on Tokyo in April of 1942. Provided by Mike Coen, Veterans History Project. - WWII
Ivan Booke, USS Enterprise / 02:56

Mr. Grassey discusses the difficulty of flying in formation and fighting Nazi forces during an intense thunderstorm. - WWII
Paul Grassey, U.S. Army Air Corps, 8th AF, 704th Sqd., 446th BG / 7:18

Mr. Grassey describes an intense mission against Nazi forces and the structure of his flight formation. - WWII
Paul Grassey, U.S. Army Air Corps, 8th AF, 704th Sqd., 446th BG / 6:49

Mr. Grassey discusses training accidents and a forced landing in an open field. - WWII
Paul Grassey, U.S. Army Air Corps, 8th AF, 704th Sqd., 446th BG / 4:30

Just at the end of World War II, Jim Kiney describes how he began suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and his resulting experiences. - WWII
Jim Kiney, 65th Infantry Division, Third Army / 02:57

Allen Josey describes how his minesweeper ship went about finding and disabling mines in the sea. - WWII
Allen Josey, USS Requisite / 02:04

Irwin Roblin recalls one of the most stirring moments of his military career shortly after the end of World War II. - WWII
Irwin Roblin, Far East Air Force / 01:57

Mr. Morris graphically describes witnessing a fellow soldier being incinerated. - WWII
Ben Morris, U.S. Army Air Force, 502nd Tactical Control, Group 607 Aircraft Control / 1:19

Mr. Lowry discusses his experiences during Marine boot camp with his intimidating platoon sergeant. - WWII
Wendell Lowry, U.S. Marines, VMSB-235, Bombing Squad / 3:24

Mr. Lowry describes crossing paths with a close friend overseas. - WWII
Wendell Lowry, U.S. Marines, VMSB-235, Bombing Squad / 1:16

Mr. Davis describes witnessing a fellow soldier getting fatally wounded while under an attack by the Japanese. - WWII
Roy Davis, U.S. Army Air Corps, 3rd Bomb Group, 5th Air Force / 1:41

Mr. Davis graphically describes losing multiple planes due to Japanese Zeros. - WWII
Roy Davis, U.S. Army Air Corps, 3rd Bomb Group, 5th Air Force / 2:06

Mr. Gibbs discusses destroying two Japanese subs while serving as a commanding officer. - WWII
Bob Gibbs, U.S. Navy, Destroyer-USS Barry, Commanding Officer / 2:07

Mr. Gibbs describes his experiences of being being trapped with his crew in ice and fog for three days. - WWII
Bob Gibbs, U.S. Navy, Destroyer-USS Barry, Commanding Officer / 2:13

Mr. Rodriguez describes the power and proficiency of the men that piloted U.S. Hellcats. - WWII
Jesse Rodriguez, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown, CV-10 / 2:47

Mr. Rodriguez describes horrific typhoons that he and his crew faced while aboard the USS Yorktown. - WWII
Jesse Rodriguez, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown, CV-10 / 3:04

Mr. Kessler describes the difficulties of taking Bloody Ridge and Heartbreak Ridge in Korea. - Korea
Bob Kessler, U.S. Army, 2nd Infantry Division, Forward Observer / 3:01

Mr. Kessler describes extinguishing two Vietnamese divisions with artillery fire while defending an Air Force base. - Vietnam
Bob Kessler, U.S. Army, 2nd Infantry Division, Forward Observer / 2:36

Ken Jordan recalls getting pulled into a surprise celebration while on a reconnaissance mission in Brunswick, Germany, in 1945. - WWII
Ken Jordan, 1253rd Engineer Combat Battalion / 01:21

Shortly after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Artie Curtis describes becoming part of the occupation force and witnessing the aftermath of the destruction. - WWII
Artie Curtis, USS St. Paul / 03:29

Artie Curtis describes the armament on his ship, the USS St. Paul, and the role it played in the Pacific during World War II. - WWII
Artie Curtis, USS St. Paul / 04:11

Artie Curtis remembers watching a fellow ship capsize and sink after passing through a violent typhoon in the Pacific. - WWII
Artie Curtis, USS St. Paul / 01:11

Mr. Caddel discusses his duties aboard the Yorktown, his first training accident, and the results that followed. - WWII
Jack Caddel, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown / 4:44

Mr. Caddel describes operating a tail gunner's position and being shot in the back. - WWII
Jack Caddel, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown / 2:03

Mr. Caddel describes personal emotions he experienced during grueling flying missions. - WWII
Jack Caddel, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown / 2:00

Mr. Caddel discusses serving as a Spanish translator in the Philippines during a search and rescue mission. - WWII
Jack Caddel, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown / 2:10

Mr. Huff discusses the time he served in Da Nang and a funny incident. - Vietnam
Bill Huff, 3rd Marine Division, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines / 2:57

Mr. Huff explains his numerous opportunities to eat with General Kyle due to the help from a close friend. - Vietnam
Bill Huff, 5th Marine Div. HQ / 1:45

Mr. Huff describes having his entire face nearly incinerated due to a kettle of hot water exploding. - Vietnam
Bill Huff, 3rd Marine Division, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines / 3:38

Mr. Anderson discusses the difficulties of the raid of Tarawa and numerous injuries of fellow soldiers. - WWII
Rivers Anderson, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown CV-10, Bombing Squad 5 / 4:41

Mr. Anderson explains his duties during the brutal invasion of a pacific island controlled by Japanese forces. - WWII
Rivers Anderson, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown CV-10, Bombing Squad 5 / 3:45

Part 1: Mr. Anderson gives an in depth description of his violent experiences during the invasion of New Guinea. - WWII
Rivers Anderson, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown CV-10, Bombing Squad 5 / 4:07

Part 2: Mr. Anderson concludes his description of the invasion of New Guinea. - WWII
Rivers Anderson, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown CV-10, Bombing Squad 5 / 3:05

Part 1: Mr. Anderson describes the fear and challenges he faced during his final flying mission. - WWII
Rivers Anderson, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown CV-10, Bombing Squad 5 / 4:21

Part 2: Mr. Anderson concludes his description of his final flying mission. - WWII
Rivers Anderson, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown CV-10, Bombing Squad 5 / 4:00

Mr. Mickelboro describes witnessing a training accident while disarming booby traps. - WWII
Harry Mickelboro, U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers / 1:59

Mr. Mickelboro describes his first assignment as a Junior Officer and having to sort through the corpses of fallen Marines. - WWII
Harry Mickelboro, USMC, 2nd Engineer Battalion / 2:00

Mr. Mickelboro discusses the strategy used to land on Okinawa and liberating a bulldozer. - WWII
Harry Mickelboro, USMC, 2nd Engineer Battalion / 4:07

Mr. Mickelboro discusses his objectives while serving in Japan and describes the aftermath of the atomic bombs. - WWII
Harry Mickelboro, USMC, 2nd Engineer Battalion / 4:32

Col. Masters recalls his rough experiences from his first mission over Berlin. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps, 551st Bomb Squadron, 385th Bomb Group, 3rd Division, 8th Air Force / 1:27

Col. Masters shares his experiences from his second combat mission over Schweinfurt. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps, 551st Bomb Squadron, 385th Bomb Group, 3rd Division, 8th Air Force / 1:15

Col. Masters describes spending twenty hours stranded at sea with his flight crew after bailing out of their plane, due to an intense mission over Bordeaux. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps, 551st Bomb Squadron, 385th Bomb Group, 3rd Division, 8th Air Force / 3:36

Col. Masters shares the scariest experience from his basic training. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps / :49

Col. Masters recalls having a peaceful mission over Amsterdam, then facing great difficulty during a combat mission over Warnemunde. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps / 2:52

(Part 2/2) Mr. Burton concludes sharing his experiences from his rough trip to France. - WWII
Bill Burton, U.S. Navy, Armed Guard, SS McCormick / 4:05

(Part 1/2) Due to many obstacles at sea, Mr. Burton's ship is detached from its convoy and arrives at the coast of France hours early, forcing him and his men to deal with German forces alone. - WWII
Bill Burton, U.S. Navy, Armed Guard, SS McCormick / 4:28

Frank Pomroy tells the "sinful little story" about how he joined the Marine Corps in 1941. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division / 05:09

Frank Pomroy recalls a memorable experience with legendary Marine officer Chesty Puller on the island of Pelelieu. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division / 02:22

While fighting Japanese forces on the island of Pelelieu, Frank Pomroy remembers trying to save a fellow soldier who had been hit by friendly artillery. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division / 05:55

Ed Joyeusaz describes his responsibilities as a Navy signalman aboard the USS Yorktown during World War II. - WWII
Ed Joyeusaz, KS Division, USS Yorktown / 04:18

Ed Joyeusaz recalls the moment that stands out the most for him as a signalman aboard the USS Yorktown. - WWII
Ed Joyeusaz, KS Division, USS Yorktown / 04:11

Ed Joyeusaz talks about how the signal bridge became a popular spot among sailors trying to contact each other at sea during World War II. - WWII
Ed Joyeusaz, KS Division, USS Yorktown / 01:39

Ed Joyeusaz remembers watching from aboard the USS Yorktown as the USS Franklin was hit by a kamikaze aircraft and underwent several explosions and heavy casualties in March of 1945. - WWII
Ed Joyeusaz, KS Division, USS Yorktown / 01:39

While unknowingly headed towards the invasion of Okinawa, Roland Glenn remembers how he and a fellow officer attempted to raise troop morale after the death of President Roosevelt. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 06:37

After the surrender of Japan, Roland Glenn remembers his unit being converted to "storybook soldiers" in order to occupy Korea after World War II, only to experience a few very non-storybook events while stationed there. Conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 06:12

While on occupation duty on the Korean peninsula, Roland Glenn recalls being asked to describe American life to a group of local leaders, and learning much about their culture in the process. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 06:12

Vaughan Pitman describes his first encounter with German V-1 flying bombs while preparing for war in England in early 1943. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Vaughan Pitman, Air Services Group, 36th Fighter Group / 03:37

Vaughan Pitman talks about how British Spitfires and American industry helped keep England out of German hands during World War II. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Vaughan Pitman, Air Services Group, 36th Fighter Group / 04:39

Vaughan Pitman shares his experiences visiting Buchenwald concentration camp shortly after it had been liberated in early 1945. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Vaughan Pitman, Air Services Group, 36th Fighter Group / 03:34

Bernard Goodman recalls his first trip across the Pacific to aid in airbase construction in New Guinea. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Bernard Goodman, 1892nd Engineer Aviation Battalion / 03:49

Bernard Goodman remembers facing constant combat threats from Japanese forces while his unit was tasked with building runways and roads on the islands of Ie Shima and Okinawa. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Bernard Goodman, 1892nd Engineer Aviation Battalion / 05:02

Bernard Goodman reflects on his time in the military and how World War II affected him. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Bernard Goodman, 1892nd Engineer Aviation Battalion / 02:14

After taking over Okinawa, Henry Keene recalls moving on to the island of Ie Shima and preparing for the mainland invasion of Japan. - WWII
Henry Keene, 132nd Combat Engineers, 77th Infantry Division / 03:24

After the attack at Pearl Harbor, Frank Connolly recalls being tasked with clearing dead bodies out of the water. - WWII
Frank Connolly, USS St. Louis / 02:05

Shortly after the attack at Pearl Harbor, Frank Connolly remembers the series of bombardment missions his ship took part in, including the Aleutian Islands off the Alaskan coast. - WWII
Frank Connolly, USS St. Louis / 05:43

After the war's end, Frank Connolly remembers going overboard while his ship was on a de-mining mission in the Sea of Japan. - WWII
Frank Connolly, USS YMS-422 / 02:59

While anchored at Okinawa in 1945, Jack Wall describes a Japanese kamikaze attack which killed over a dozen of his fellow crewmembers, including a close friend. - WWII
Jack Wall, USS Pinkney / 05:44

A barrier operator aboard the USS Yorktown, Fred Springs describes how the landing cables stopped incoming planes and how dangerous the cables could be. - WWII
Fred Springs, USS Yorktown (CV-10) / 03:48

Near the island of Iwo Jima, Fred Springs remembers taking part in emergency aircraft landings after a nearby battle. - WWII
Fred Springs, USS Yorktown (CV-10) / 02:36

Robert Rutledge recalls taking a few bomb blasts from Japanese aircraft near Okinawa, and witnessing the destruction of the USS Franklin. - WWII
Robert Rutledge, USS Yorktown (CV-10) / 03:30

Will Crawford tells the story behing the formation of Foxy 29, an armed medical corps. - WWII
Will Crawford, Foxy 29 Armed Medical Corps / 02:26

Mr. Lemonds describes his experiences during his first bombing mission on D-Day. - WWII
Jack Lemonds, U.S. Army Air Corps, 567th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group / 5:39

Mr. Lemonds discusses witnessing a close friend's plane getting shot down over Berlin, and later finding out the results of the crash. - WWII
Jack Lemonds, U.S. Army Air Corps, 567th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group / 2:32

Mr. Lemonds graphically describes his experiences when his plane was shot down over Germany. - WWII
Jack Lemonds, U.S. Army Air Corps, 567th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group / 6:07

Mr. Tsimpides describes being brutally wounded in combat, mistakenly declared dead, and the results that followed. - WWII
Andy Tsimpides, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Division / 3:15

Mr. Tsimpides describes the challenges of landing in New Britain and fighting Japanese forces leading up to his career ending injury. - WWII
Andy Tsimpides, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Division / 4:35

Mr. Gaston discusses his first combat experience during the Korean War. - Korea
James Gaston, U.S. Army, 3rd Infantry Div., 3rd Recon Company / 3:56

Mr. Gaston discusses how he referred to his Korean interpreter as "Bird Dog," due to his ability to sniff out Kimji while searching for Chinese forces. - Korea
James Gaston, U.S. Army, 3rd Infantry Div., 3rd Recon Company / 1:29

Mr. Cushman shares his experiences of his first combat mission in Europe and discusses the tragic loss of his company commander. - WWII
John Cushman, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 409th Inf. Regt., Co. E / 4:04

Mr. Cushman describes the way he felt when he came across the corpses of fallen German soldiers. - WWII
John Cushman, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 409th Inf. Regt., Co. E / 1:33

Mr. Cushman describes overcoming difficult objectives during a brutal battle with German soldiers upon a mountain. - WWII
John Cushman, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 409th Inf. Regt., Co. E / 2:15

Mr. Cushman discusses being knocked unconscious by artillery fire and shares a funny incident that followed. - WWII
John Cushman, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 409th Inf. Regt., Co. E / 2:15

Mr. Cushman shares how he was one of five original soldiers from his platoon that survived their entire tour of Europe, and, in turn, earned a Bronze Star. - WWII
John Cushman, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 409th Inf. Regt., Co. E / 1:19

Mr. Cushman discusses his survival methods and experiences during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
John Cushman, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 409th Inf. Regt., Co. E / 3:33

Mr. Goodwin describes witnessing U.S. Coast Guard-manned cargo ship USS Etamin sink near the harbor of New Guinea. - WWII
Jim Goodwin, U.S. Navy, USS Republic, Troop Transport, AP33 / 1:25

Mr. Goodwin describes crossing paths with a Japanese submarine while in route to Hollandia and explains how one of the soldiers boarded an American ship. - WWII
Jim Goodwin, U.S. Navy, USS Republic, Troop Transport, AP33 / 1:44

Mr. Goodwin discusses the tragic loss of a sailor who committed suicide on the way back home. - WWII
Jim Goodwin, U.S. Navy, USS Republic, Troop Transport, AP33 / 1:48

Mr. Peters discusses the events leading up to his brutal first jump on D-Day. - WWII
Harold Peters, U.S. Army, 101st Airborne / 2:51

Mr. Peters describes visiting and capturing Hitler's home in Germany. - WWII
Harold Peters, U.S. Army, 101st Airborne / 2:09

Mr. Peters describes capturing a German gold train and discovering the mystery that surrounded it. - WWII
Harold Peters, U.S. Army, 101st Airborne / 6:00

Mr. Peters discusses the struggles his company faced while crossing the Rhine River and the injury he received in the process. - WWII
Harold Peters, U.S. Army, 101st Airborne / 4:42

Mr. Powell shares the details of his intense first combat experience in France. - WWII
Charlie Powell, U.S. Army, 564th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion / 1:39

Mr. Powell discusses the characteristics of German soldiers after the war had ended and coming into contact with many of them. - WWII
Charlie Powell, U.S. Army, 564th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion / 1:28

Mr. Powell briefly describes the aftermath he experienced after the Battle of Bastogne. - WWII
Charlie Powell, U.S. Army, 564th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion / :57

Mr. Coleman discusses the events that took place during the invasion of Borneo Island. - WWII
Charles Coleman, U.S. Navy, USS Achilles / 1:49

Mr. Coleman describes a funny incident involving monkeys during his time with the National Guard aboard LST 880. - WWII
Charles Coleman, National Guard / 1:49

Ms. Nelms describes how her husband, Charles, was in the engine room of the USS Terror when a Japanese plane hit the ship, resulting in the tragic loss of his closest friend. - WWII
Elizabeth Nelms, U.S. Navy, USS Terror / 1:38

Mr. Pitts describes what he experienced and how he reacted when a Japanese plane crashed into the USS Biloxi. - WWII
Roy Pitts, U.S. Navy, USS Biloxi, 7th Division, Radar / 4:20

Mr. Pitts discusses the process of transporting over two hundred Japanese prisoners from Japan to Okinawa and what he experienced after both the atomic bombs had been dropped. - WWII
Roy Pitts, U.S. Navy, USS Biloxi, 7th Division, Radar / 7:37

Mr. Pitts describes the funny process of being initiated into the U.S. Navy. - WWII
Roy Pitts, U.S. Navy, USS Biloxi, 7th Division, Radar / 2:31

Mr. Williams discusses entering a combat zone in France without a weapon. - WWII
Claude Williams, U.S. Army, 254th Regiment, 63rd Inf. Division, Co. L / 3:12

Mr. Williams shares an incident he experienced during his time at the Siegfried line involving a mysterious G.I. - WWII
Claude Williams, U.S. Army, 254th Regiment, 63rd Inf. Division, Co. L / 3:43

Mr. Williams discusses his company's struggles and duties they faced throughout the last three months of the war. - WWII
Claude Williams, U.S. Army, 254th Regiment, 63rd Inf. Division, Co. L / 1:32

Mr. Williams describes an intense combat scenario and his heroic acts that resulted in earning him a Silver Star. - WWII
Claude Williams, U.S. Army, 254th Regiment, 63rd Inf. Division, Co. L / 3:44

Mr. Williams describes an intense struggle with a German sniper that resulted in the loss of a soldier from his company. - WWII
Claude Williams, U.S. Army, 254th Regiment, 63rd Inf. Division, Co. L / 1:38

Mr. Williams shares a funny incident involving a minor injury he received that led to a surprising outcome. - WWII
Claude Williams, U.S. Army, 254th Regiment, 63rd Inf. Division, Co. L / 2:15

Mr. Williams describes riding as a passenger when his Jeep crashed, resulting in a close call nearing the end of the war. - WWII
Claude Williams, U.S. Army, 254th Regiment, 63rd Inf. Division, Co. L / 1:23

Mr. Williams discusses being diagnosed with Yellow Jaundice, the toll it took on his body, and what he experienced while hospitalized. - WWII
Claude Williams, U.S. Army, 254th Regiment, 63rd Inf. Division, Co. L / 1:23

Stuart Meridan talks about the role he played supporting aid stations near the frontlines in Italy. - WWII
Stuart Meridan, Company D, Medical Battalion, 91st Infantry Division / 07:30

After delivering supplies from England to France, Marion Mills recalls his ship striking a mine, throwing him into the water and killing 58 crewmembers. - WWII
Marion Mills, USS Miantonomah / 03:57

During the Battle of the Bulge, Jim Petrakos remembers being tasked with dropping essential supplies to troops on the ground who were surrounded by German forces. - WWII
Jim Petrakos, 79th Squadron, 436th Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force / 02:08

John Yates shares one initiative he took during the Battle of the Bulge to deal with an enemy tank. - WWII
John Yates, 127th Field Artillery Battalion, 35th Infantry Division / 03:18

John Yates remembers two dangerous mistakes he made while flying his artillery scout aircraft along enemy lines. - WWII
John Yates, 127th Field Artillery Battalion, 35th Infantry Division / 01:15

John Yates talks about a few of the psychological tricks German forces would play during World War II. - WWII
John Yates, 127th Field Artillery Battalion, 35th Infantry Division / 02:24

John Yates describes how his aircraft would support tank destroyers on the ground, and comments on the arbitary awarding of combat medals. - WWII
John Yates, 127th Field Artillery Battalion, 35th Infantry Division / 04:18

Dr. Littlejohn describes what he experienced during his first recon mission in Europe. - WWII
Oliver Littlejohn, U.S. Army, 75th Inf. Division / 3:01

Dr. Littlejohn describes the weather and tragedies that occurred during his first intense combat assignment. - WWII
Oliver Littlejohn, U.S. Army, 75th Inf. Division / 3:14

Dr. Littlejohn discusses being promoted to platoon sgt. and the effects that the harrowing weather had on him and his men. - WWII
Oliver Littlejohn, U.S. Army, 75th Inf. Division / 2:16

Dr. Littlejohn describes the struggles and injuries his platoon faced while taking a town in Belgium. - WWII
Oliver Littlejohn, U.S. Army, 75th Inf. Division / 3:13

Dr. Littlejohn describes the biggest disaster in his platoon's history that occurred on a booby trapped island near Holland. - WWII
Oliver Littlejohn, U.S. Army, 75th Inf. Division / 3:36

Dr. Littlejohn discusses some funny incidents he experienced with another soldier while on the Rhine River. - WWII
Oliver Littlejohn, U.S. Army, 75th Inf. Division / 4:49

Dr. Littlejohn describes a funny, yet minor injury he received while taking a town in Germany. - WWII
Oliver Littlejohn, U.S. Army, 75th Inf. Division / 2:22

Dr. Littlejohn shares an intriguing story of coming into contact with his brother's company and learning of his whereabouts. - WWII
Oliver Littlejohn, U.S. Army, 75th Inf. Division / 2:48

Mr. Tollman describes landing on Guadalcanal and witnessing an enemy shell instantly kill three of his officers. - WWII
Robert Tollman, U.S. Marines, Marine Air Group 14 / 1:21

Mr. Tollman describes witnessing an incredible dogfight from below while on Guadalcanal. - WWII
Robert Tollman, U.S. Marines, Marine Air Group 14 / 1:13

Mr. Tollman discusses the duties he was responsible for while he flew around Guadalcanal. - WWII
Robert Tollman, U.S. Marines, Marine Air Group 14 / 1:03

Mr. McCurry discusses how he was drafted into the Navy and describes the popular drafting system that was utilized in 1970. - Vietnam
Jim McCurry, U.S. Navy, USS Newport / 2:05

Mr. McCurry describes witnessing a few OCS students break the honor code during their final test and explains how the code has personally impacted him as an individual. - Vietnam
Jim McCurry, U.S. Navy, USS Newport / 3:10

Mr. McCurry shares the details of his first bombing mission in Vietnam and describes the devastating damage inflicted by an eight inch shell. - Vietnam
Jim McCurry, U.S. Navy, USS Newport / 5:43

Mr. McCurry describes what it was like to be a part of the intensity of "Operation Linebacker." - Vietnam
Jim McCurry, U.S. Navy, USS Newport / 2:39

Mr. McCurry discusses coming into contact with three torpedo boats in Haiphong Harbor and describes the tactics his ship used to destroy them. - Vietnam
Jim McCurry, U.S. Navy, USS Newport / 2:31

Mr. McCurry describes what it feels like to be shot at on a daily basis and the toll that war takes on an individual. - Vietnam
Jim McCurry, U.S. Navy, USS Newport / 3:07

Mr. McCurry shares a tragic casualty he witnessed on the Fourth of July during his time in Vietnam. - Vietnam
Jim McCurry, U.S. Navy, USS Newport / 2:09

Mr. McCurry discusses the stresses that come along with being aboard ship and describes a tragedy that resulted in the death of over twenty men. - Vietnam
Jim McCurry, U.S. Navy, USS Newport / 2:56

After being ordered to set up a radio outpost miles away from base, Mr. Daniel failed to follow a specific order that resulted in a funny incident. - WWII
William Daniel, U.S. Army, Signal Group, 526th Signal Installation Company / 4:19

Mr. Daniel discusses the events that took place and what he experienced when German forces surrendered in France. - WWII
William Daniel, U.S. Army, Signal Group, 526th Signal Installation Company / 2:58

Mr. Daniel briefly describes the only tragedy he witnessed during the war. - WWII
William Daniel, U.S. Army, Signal Group, 526th Signal Installation Company / :30

Mr. Virden describes what he experienced during his first brutal combat mission on the frontlines of the Korean War. - Korea
Wiley Virden, U.S. Army, 45th Inf. Div., Co. I, Thunderbird / 3:05

Mr. Virden describes what it was like to reside in trenches on a daily basis during the Korean war. - Korea
Wiley Virden, U.S. Army, 45th Inf. Div., Co. I, Thunderbird / 1:59

Mr. Virden describes a memorable patrol involving a Korean spy. - Korea
Wiley Virden, U.S. Army, 45th Inf. Div., Co. I, Thunderbird / :57

Part 1: Mr. Virden shares the incidents he experienced during the battle at T-Bone Hill, and describes the actions that led him to earning a Silver Star. - Korea
Wiley Virden, U.S. Army, 45th Inf. Div., Co. I, Thunderbird / 5:22

Part 2: Mr. Virden concludes sharing the incidents he experienced during the battle at T-Bone Hill. - Korea
Wiley Virden, U.S. Army, 45th Inf. Div., Co. I, Thunderbird / 6:01

After his first night on Kwajalein Atoll, Ed Cope recalls waking up to an unpleasant surprise. - WWII
Edward Cope, Navy, USS Callaway (U.S. Coast Guard-manned attack transport) / :43

Ed Cope, a radioman, recalls his first landing on Saipan and being abandoned a mile behind enemy lines. - WWII
Edward Cope, Navy, USS Callaway (U.S. Coast Guard-manned attack transport) / 02:57

Heyward Cox describes the vital role his railway battalion played in delivering supplies to troops on the frontlines in Europe during World War II. - WWII
Heyward Cox, 1st Military Railway Battalion / 05:07

Heyward Cox compares the destruction he witnessed in St. Lo in 1944 and the state of the city 56 years later. - WWII
Heyward Cox, 1st Military Railway Battalion / 01:50

While stationed on Iwo Jima, Leland Kindred describes how many and how often B-29s flew over on fire bombing missions into Japan. - WWII
Leland Kindred, 86th Combat Mapping Squadron, 7th Air Force / 01:29

Leland Kindred recalls his closest call during an air raid on the island of Saipan. - WWII
Leland Kindred, 86th Combat Mapping Squadron, 7th Air Force / 03:03

Mr. Hanlein describes meeting opposition during his first march in France. - WWII
Bill Hanlein, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 328 Combat Eng. / :55

Mr. Hanlein describes a brief firefight he experienced upon entering the town of Selestat in France. - WWII
Bill Hanlein, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 328 Combat Eng. / 1:30

Mr. Hanlein describes how a few of his men were strafed by German forces while combating the icy Vosges Mountains in France. - WWII
Bill Hanlein, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 328 Combat Eng. / :44

Mr. Hanlein shares a story involving a pilot who faced a near death experience after being shot down. - WWII
Bill Hanlein, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 328 Combat Eng. / 1:15

Mr. Hanlein shares a funny incident he experienced at a shotgun house located in a small German town. - WWII
Bill Hanlein, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 328 Combat Eng. / :53

Mr. Hanlein describes the skill and dedication shown by a full Japanese-American unit that he fought alongside throughout the war. - WWII
Bill Hanlein, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 328 Combat Eng. / 1:04

Mr. Motte shares a funny incident involving his co-pilot who wanted to fly underneath the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to Guam. - WWII
Elmer Motte, U.S. Air Force, 20th Air Force / :34

Mr. Motte describes having his plane hit by flak while flying at a low altitude during a mission over Tokyo. - WWII
Elmer Motte, U.S. Air Force, 20th Air Force / :31

Mr. Motte describes having his plane critically damaged during a mission and being forced to land on Iwo Jima without landing gear. - WWII
Elmer Motte, U.S. Air Force, 20th Air Force / :21

Mr. Motte discusses what it was like having a famous Hollywood actor serve as a bombardier on his plane during the war. - WWII
Elmer Motte, U.S. Air Force, 20th Air Force / :30

Mr. Motte describes witnessing a magnificent sunset while flying over Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima. - WWII
Elmer Motte, U.S. Air Force, 20th Air Force / :29

Dennis Daniel talks about the vital role the U.S. Army Air Corps played in Europe during World War II. - WWII
Dennis Daniel, 781st Bomb Squadron, 465th Heavy Bomb Group, 15th Air Force / 01:57

Dennis Daniel recalls seeing a German jet for the first time, and talks about what Hitler's plans had been for jet technology. - WWII
Dennis Daniel, 781st Bomb Squadron, 465th Heavy Bomb Group, 15th Air Force / 01:25

Dennis Daniel tells the story of one airman who was too afraid to fly his bombing missions over Europe. - WWII
Dennis Daniel, 781st Bomb Squadron, 465th Heavy Bomb Group, 15th Air Force / 01:58

Mr. Barron describes the actions that were taken during air raids, and explains how Buzz Bombs were utilized. - WWII
Ralph Barron, 8th Air Force, 44th Bomb Group, 68th Squadron / 1:30

From Georgia Tech student to gunnery officer in WWII, 1st Lt. Harold Hardin describes his transition into the Navy, his ship's convoy and the weapons he learned to operate. - WWII
1st Lt. Harold Hardin, USS Saturn AF40 / 3:53

In this uplifting account, 1st Lt. Hardin confronted General Patton while in France, which led to a religious epiphany for the General. - WWII
1st Lt. Harold Hardin, USS Saturn AF40 / 1:26

As part of a 300 ship convoy, 1st Lt. Harold Hardin recalls delivering supplies to Air, Naval, and Marine bases and what happened when German submarines attacked. - WWII
1st Lt. Harold Hardin, USS Saturn AF40 / 3:05

As a Naval officer, 1st Lt. Harold Hardin describes what it was like to live aboard ship as America battled the Germans at sea. - WWII
1st Lt. Harold Hardin, USS Saturn AF40 / 1:03

Mr. Flanders describes aiding an engineer who had nearly been blown to pieces due to a mine explosion. - WWII
Edsel Flanders, U.S. Army, 7th Armored Division / :58

Mr. Flanders describes the casualties that resulted from the immense damage caused by a German Brigade. - WWII
Edsel Flanders, U.S. Army, 7th Armored Division / :50

Mr. Flanders discusses the armor that belonged to the 7th Armored Division, and describes the devastating effects inflicted by 88mm guns. - WWII
Edsel Flanders, U.S. Army, 7th Armored Division / 6:05

As a result of the destruction of an American ambulance, Mr. Flanders briefly describes the tragic loss of several troops. - WWII
Edsel Flanders, U.S. Army, 7th Armored Division / :39

Mr. Freshley shares what he first experienced when he arrived in England, and describes repeatedly combating pneumonia. - WWII
Dwight Freshley, U.S. Army, 7th Traffic Regulating Transportation Corps / 1:16

Mr. Walker describes a plane malfunction he experienced during takeoff on a supply drop mission. - WWII
Harold Walker, U.S. Army Air Corps, 505th Bombardment, 20th Air Force, 313th Wing / 3:08

Part 1: Mr. Walker describes the intensity he experienced when he and his crew were forced to bail out of a B-29 during a mission that took place after the war. - WWII
Harold Walker, U.S. Army Air Corps, 505th Bombardment, 20th Air Force, 313th Wing / 3:46

Part 2: Mr. Walker concludes describing his harrowing bail out, and shares the results that followed. - WWII
Harold Walker, U.S. Army Air Corps, 505th Bombardment, 20th Air Force, 313th Wing / 3:55

Frank Brim shares his story of how he managed to join the Navy at age 16 and get placed in an enviable position with the Navy Air Corps. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Frank Brim, VPB-21, USS Chandeleur / 07:08

Ben DeLuca describes the systematic process by which the Marine mentality is developed. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Ben DeLuca, U.S. Marine Corps / 02:41

Robert Johnson, an LST captain, recalls landing at Guadalcanal and in the Philippines during World War II. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Robert Johnson, U.S. Navy / 05:52

Mr. Banister shares how a soldier spent four nights sleeping in a bathtub while crossing the North Atlantic. - WWII
Andy Banister, U.S. Army, Medical Dept., 129th General Hospital / :50

Part 1: Mr. Rosen describes facing an SS Panzer Unit upon entering the town of Ottweiler, Germany. - WWII
Sy Rosen, U.S. Army, 3rd Inf. Div., G Co., 7th Inf. Regt., 2nd Battalion / 4:05

Part 2: Mr. Rosen concludes describing his efforts for survival during the Panzer attack in Ottweiler. - WWII
Sy Rosen, U.S. Army, 3rd Inf. Div., G Co., 7th Inf. Regt., 2nd Battalion / 2:28

Mr. Rosen describes liberating a work camp while in route to the Rhine River. - WWII
Sy Rosen, U.S. Army, 3rd Inf. Div., G Co., 7th Inf. Regt., 2nd Battalion / 1:18

Mr. Rosen describes the difficulties he experienced while crossing the Rhine River. - WWII
Sy Rosen, U.S. Army, 3rd Inf. Div., G Co., 7th Inf. Regt., 2nd Battalion / 1:20

Mr. Rosen describes being strafed by German soldiers in Nuremburg and losing several truck drivers in the process. - WWII
Sy Rosen, U.S. Army, 3rd Inf. Div., G Co., 7th Inf. Regt., 2nd Battalion / 1:02

Mr. Rosen describes capturing many German soldiers and witnessing an entire German unit surrender. - WWII
Sy Rosen, U.S. Army, 3rd Inf. Div., G Co., 7th Inf. Regt., 2nd Battalion / 2:47

Mr. Rosen describes the personality of his Captain, and witnessing him get shot in the shoulder by a German sniper. - WWII
Sy Rosen, U.S. Army, 3rd Inf. Div., G Co., 7th Inf. Regt., 2nd Battalion / 1:37

Ed Harrell remembers his first impression of the USS Indianapolis and his first experience being at sea headed into combat during World War II. - WWII
Ed Harrell, USS Indianapolis / 03:27

Ed Harrell recalls the bombardment and successive invasion of Saipan during World War II. - WWII
Ed Harrell, USS Indianapolis / 02:32

Ed Harrell describes the events leading up to the Battle of the Philippine Sea and the threat that kamikaze aircraft posed to U.S. ships during that battle. - WWII
Ed Harrell, USS Indianapolis / 03:48

Ed Harrell describes the injuries he suffered after surviving the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and floating in the Pacific Ocean for four days, for which he received a Purple Heart. - WWII
Ed Harrell, USS Indianapolis / 01:49

Ed Harrell shares the efforts he and other former crewmembers went through to clear Rear Admiral Charles McVay's name after the admiral was court-martialed for his accused role in the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. - WWII
Ed Harrell, USS Indianapolis / 10:30

Mr. Hannaford shares how he dug foxholes in a frozen climate, and describes the clothes he wore to combat the harsh winter months of the war. - WWII
Cecil Hannaford, U.S. Army, 28th Inf. Div., 116th Inf. Regt., Co. A, / 1:20

Part 1: After taking many casualties over a period of three days, Mr. Hannaford describes being rescued by the 112th Infantry Regiment while defending a roadblock. - WWII
Cecil Hannaford, U.S. Army, 28th Inf. Div., 116th Inf. Regt., Co. A, / 4:18

Part 2: After joining forces with the 112th Infantry Regiment, Mr. Hannaford describes having to walk all night long and eventually being spotted by a group of German tanks. - WWII
Cecil Hannaford, U.S. Army, 28th Inf. Div., 116th Inf. Regt., Co. A, / 3:16

Part 1: After moving into the Colmar Pocket, Mr. Hannaford describes being pinned down on a mountainside by German forces. - WWII
Cecil Hannaford, U.S. Army, 28th Inf. Div., 116th Inf. Regt., Co. A, / 4:36

Part 2: As the battle on the mountain continued for three days, Mr. Hannaford describes getting frostbite on his feet, and being relieved by the French Army. - WWII
Cecil Hannaford, U.S. Army, 28th Inf. Div., 116th Inf. Regt., Co. A, / 4:28

Part 3: Mr. Hannaford concludes describing the events that took place during the battle on "Black Mountain," and shares what he experienced when he revisited the site in 1995. - WWII
Cecil Hannaford, U.S. Army, 28th Inf. Div., 116th Inf. Regt., Co. A, / 5:23

Mr. Boyce discusses the duties he was responsible for, and describes what he experienced during his time in Bahrain. - Gulf War
Michael Boyce, USMC, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expedition Brigade, 1st-4th Air Wings / 3:59

Harville Shepard recalls a memorable July 4th artillery barrage against German troops in France in 1944. - WWII
Harville Shepard, 174th Field Artillery Battalion / 02:16

A few weeks after landing at Normandy, Harville Shepard remembers the sensations of witnessing 3500 Allied aircraft making their way overhead to bomb the German lines. - WWII
Harville Shepard, 174th Field Artillery Battalion / 01:27

Just before shipping out to fight on the front lines during World War II, John Buchanan remembers receiving good news from a fortune teller; however, his best friend and fellow soldier receives a terrible omen. - WWII
John Buchanan, 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division / 2:16

Mr. Spratling discusses protecting American convoys while traveling to and from North African ports, and sinking a multitude of enemy submarines in the process. - WWII
Bill Spratling, U.S. Navy, USS Eberle / 1:06

Mr. Spratling describes what it was like to be attacked by German submarines and aircraft, and recalls witnessing an allied ship get hit. - WWII
Bill Spratling, U.S. Navy, USS Eberle / 2:43

After moving into the Mediterranean, Mr. Spratling describes spotting and sinking multiple E-Boats. - WWII
Bill Spratling, U.S. Navy, USS Eberle / 3:30

Mr. Spratling describes shelling Naples in the Mediterranean. - WWII
Bill Spratling, U.S. Navy, USS Eberle / 1:01

Mr. Spratling describes sinking an enemy mine and recalls the horrid stench emitted by a German corpse floating in the Mediterranean. - WWII
Bill Spratling, U.S. Navy, USS Eberle / 2:08

Mr. Spratling describes bombarding the French and capturing an island off of the southern coast of France. - WWII
Bill Spratling, U.S. Navy, USS Eberle / 5:07

Mr. Spratling discusses being a witness at a court-martial for three other officers after their ship ran aground in Pearl Harbor. - WWII
Bill Spratling, U.S. Navy, USS Eberle / 4:09

Mr. Pettersen describes the utter beauty he witnessed when his ship docked at Sydney Harbor for the first time, and discusses what he and his men accomplished and experienced while stationed there. - WWII
John Pettersen, U.S. Navy, USS Fletcher / 1:31

Mr. Pettersen recalls the effects that intense weather had on pilots that attempted to land on aircraft carriers. - WWII
John Pettersen, U.S. Navy,Takanis Bay / :30

Mr. Roan describes the intense landing he experienced at Casablanca. - WWII
Jack Roan, U.S. Army, 2nd Armored Division / 1:32

Mr. Roan recalls joining the Army Rangers and being injured by a sword during a patrol. - WWII
Jack Roan, U.S. Army, 3rd Btn. Rangers / 3:40

After landing at Utah Beach, Mr. Brooks takes part in his first intense combat experience in the Brittany section of France. - WWII
Emory Brooks, U.S. Army, 94th Infantry Division / :58

Mr. Brooks describes the difficulty of facing German forces during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Emory Brooks, U.S. Army, 94th Infantry Division / 3:56

After firing artillery, Mr. Brooks comes across a multitude of dead German soldiers. - WWII
Emory Brooks, U.S. Army, 94th Infantry Division / 2:01

After being spotted by German forces, Mr. Brooks runs for his life as he dodges mortar fire during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Emory Brooks, U.S. Army, 94th Infantry Division / 1:41

Mr. Teague describes building Quonset huts and additional facilities during the time he spent serving in the Philippines. - WWII
Charles Teague, U.S. Navy, 3rd Special Seabees, 5th U.S.N.C.B., 29th Battalion / :39

Mr. Davis recalls facing resistance after landing on Iwo Jima and describes locating Japanese headquarters within a cave. - WWII
Gilmer Davis, U.S. Army, 147th Infantry, Co. B / 2:09

Mr. Davis describes how his company set up ambushes to use against Japanese forces. - WWII
Gilmer Davis, U.S. Army, 147th Infantry, Co. B / 1:27

Mr. Davis describes finding a multitude of fallen Marines after being sent to a hill on guard duty. - WWII
Gilmer Davis, U.S. Army, 147th Infantry, Co. B / :30

After a machine gun failed to operate during guard duty, Mr. Davis risked his life to retrieve another, earning him a Bronze Star. - WWII
Gilmer Davis, U.S. Army, 147th Infantry, Co. B / 1:13

Bob Schmutzler compares the attack on Pearl Harbor to the September 11th terrorist attacks, and compares the military of today to the military of World War II. - WWII
Bob Schmutzler, Battery F, 251st Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) / 05:08

While stationed on Bougainville, Bob Schmutzler tells the real story behind how his friend and fellow soldier became a "victim of Japanese gunfire." - WWII
Bob Schmutzler, Battery F, 251st Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) / 01:14

Mr. May describes nearly going down after losing two engines during flight training. - WWII
Robert May, U.S. Air Force, 3rd Wing, 490th Bomb Group, 851st Squadron / 2:52

Mr. May describes what he experienced during his first mission over D-Day, and discusses the unfortunate events that occurred due to inclimate weather. - WWII
Robert May, U.S. Air Force, 3rd Wing, 490th Bomb Group, 851st Squadron / 1:54

Mr. May describes the functions of the flight suit he wore during missions and shares a funny incident that turned out to be a valuable lesson learned. - WWII
Robert May, U.S. Air Force, 3rd Wing, 490th Bomb Group, 851st Squadron / 1:32

Mr. May recalls the fear he experienced flying while being under a heavy amount of flak. - WWII
Robert May, U.S. Air Force, 3rd Wing, 490th Bomb Group, 851st Squadron / 1:58

Mr. May describes what it was like to drop bombs from 8,000 feet during a "Milk Run." - WWII
Robert May, U.S. Air Force, 3rd Wing, 490th Bomb Group, 851st Squadron / 2:27

Mr. Coalson describes accidents he witnessed during flight training. - Vietnam
Tony Coalson , U.S. Army, 21st Aviation Company, First Field Force, Air America / 2:56

Mr. Coalson recalls the rough circumstances he faced and brutal storms he experienced while in route to Vietnam. - Vietnam
Tony Coalson , U.S. Army, 21st Aviation Company, First Field Force, Air America / 3:02

(Part 1/2) After arriving at Hill 875 in "Dak To," Mr. Coalson and his men begin taking mortar fire and witness the amount of dead bodies quickly multiply. - Vietnam
Tony Coalson , U.S. Army, 21st Aviation Company, First Field Force, Air America / 6:09

(Part 2/2) Following the battle at Hill 875, Mr. Coalson takes it all in and witnesses a C-130 nearly crash during takeoff. - Vietnam
Tony Coalson , U.S. Army, 21st Aviation Company, First Field Force, Air America / 6:25

(Part 1/2) Mr. Coalson describes the utter chaos he experienced when he was assigned to rescue a special forces unit. - Vietnam
Tony Coalson , U.S. Army, 21st Aviation Company, First Field Force, Air America / 4:36

(Part 2/2) Mr. Coalson concludes sharing his experiences from the rescue mission and explains the causes and effects of the situation. - Vietnam
Tony Coalson , U.S. Army, 21st Aviation Company, First Field Force, Air America / 5:27

Mr. Applefield describes personally witnessing the effects that concentration camps had on freed Jewish people. - WWII
Milton Applefield, U.S. Army, 1303rd Engineers, HQ Company / 1:01

Mr. Applefield describes what the situation and weather were like during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Milton Applefield, U.S. Army, 1303rd Engineers, HQ Company / :41

Due to an accident that occurred on a train headed towards the Pacific, many of Mr. Applefield's men died by jumping from their cars in attempts to survive. - WWII
Milton Applefield, U.S. Army, 1303rd Engineers, HQ Company / 1:12

Mr. Applefield shares a funny incident he experienced while in Luxembourg involving mines. - WWII
Milton Applefield, U.S. Army, 1303rd Engineers, HQ Company / 2:41

Mr. Applefield discusses the great times that he and his men spent with German nuns. - WWII
Milton Applefield, U.S. Army, 1303rd Engineers, HQ Company / 2:17

Mr. Victor describes how a piece of shrapnel got stuck in his knee and how it has remained there since the day it occurred. - WWII
Walter Victor, U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division / 2:29

Mr. Victor describes witnessing a man sell his twelve year old daughter while in Africa. - WWII
Walter Victor, U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division / :31

During the intensity of the landing on D-Day, Mr. Victor witnesses his close friend slip and sink into the ocean. - WWII
Walter Victor, U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division / 1:49

Mr. Victor recalls being pulled off of the front lines to help translate for Polish workers in a factory in Belgium. - WWII
Walter Victor, U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division / 3:24

Mr. Victor describes saving a Polish man's life after discovering Dachau prison camp in Germany. - WWII
Walter Victor, U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division / 1:32

Mr. Victor recalls eating a surprising and disturbing dish when he had lunch with a group of factory workers in Belgium. - WWII
Walter Victor, U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division / :31

Mr. Victor describes retrieving dynamite and helping a group of Polish men blow down a bridge in Belgium. - WWII
Walter Victor, U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division / 1:39

Mr. Fite discusses the time he spent at the Naval hospital in San Diego and describes the difficulty of delivering death notices. - WWII
Mark Fite, U.S. Navy, USS Frontier, USS General Mitchell / :42

Due to the harsh, wet environment, Mr. Montillo and his men struggled with "Immersion Foot." - Vietnam
Albert Montillo, U.S. Army, 3rd Battalion, 60th Inf. Reg., Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, 9th Inf. Div. / 2:07

Mr. Montillo describes the peaceful first patrol he experienced in Vietnam. - Vietnam
Albert Montillo, U.S. Army, 3rd Battalion, 60th Inf. Reg., Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, 9th Inf. Div. / 1:04

Mr. Montillo describes what it was like for him to consistently run point during patrols. - Vietnam
Albert Montillo, U.S. Army, 3rd Battalion, 60th Inf. Reg., Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, 9th Inf. Div. / 3:06

Mr. Montillo describes his surreal experiences from numerous boat patrols. - Vietnam
Albert Montillo, U.S. Army, 3rd Battalion, 60th Inf. Reg., Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, 9th Inf. Div. / 3:20

Mr. Montillo recalls nearly being hit by a large piece of shrapnel during an engagement. - Vietnam
Albert Montillo, U.S. Army, 3rd Battalion, 60th Inf. Reg., Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, 9th Inf. Div. / 1:47

Mr. Montillo shares what it was like to fire artillery and describes a harrowing engagement that Bravo Company experienced. - Vietnam
Albert Montillo, U.S. Army, 3rd Battalion, 60th Inf. Reg., Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, 9th Inf. Div. / 2:05

Mr. Montillo describes the ridiculous rules and duties that he and his men shared and followed during patrols. - Vietnam
Albert Montillo, U.S. Army, 3rd Battalion, 60th Inf. Reg., Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, 9th Inf. Div. / 3:00

Mr. Murphy describes his first few bombing missions over the Marianas. - WWII
Bob Murphy, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown / 2:35

Mr. Murphy describes an entertaining incident he experienced with his friend Gus under the Yorktown's ship deck. - WWII
Bob Murphy, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown / :51

Mr. Murphy shares the tragic loss of his friend Gus. - WWII
Bob Murphy, U.S. Navy, USS Yorktown / :58

Mr. Murphy discusses the hardest mission he experienced during the war. - WWII
Bob Murphy, U.S. Navy, USS Bennington / 1:29

Mr. Dendy recalls experiencing a submarine attack while in route to Algeria. - WWII
Milton Dendy, U.S. Army, 74th Coast Artillery Regt., 2nd Battalion, HQ Battery / :57

Mr. Dendy describes the role he played during a three hour air raid over Algeria. - WWII
Milton Dendy, U.S. Army, 74th Coast Artillery Regt., 2nd Battalion, HQ Battery / 2:02

Mr. Dendy describes witnessing an explosion kill and injure several sailors while stationed at an airfield. - WWII
Milton Dendy, U.S. Army, 74th Coast Artillery Regt., 2nd Battalion, HQ Battery / 2:08

Mr. Dendy describes the incidents he experienced while guarding a prison camp near Marseilles. - WWII
Milton Dendy, U.S. Army, 74th Coast Artillery Regt., 2nd Battalion, HQ Battery / 2:55

Mr. Dendy describes witnessing a plane crash on to the beach at the air base he was stationed at. - WWII
Milton Dendy, U.S. Army, 74th Coast Artillery Regt., 2nd Battalion, HQ Battery / :32

Mr. Dendy recalls witnessing a sabotage train from Libya explode within a town East of Algiers. - WWII
Milton Dendy, U.S. Army, 74th Coast Artillery Regt., 2nd Battalion, HQ Battery / 1:05

Mr. Gordon shares his experiences from the two years he spent in Hawaii flying P-47's. - Korea
Mose Gordon, U.S. Air Force, 81st Fighter Group / 1:35

Mr. Gordon describes his first intense combat mission over Korea. - Korea
Mose Gordon, U.S. Air Force, 81st Fighter Group / 3:30

Mr. Gordon describes witnessing the poverty and pain that the North Korean civilians lived through during the war. - Korea
Mose Gordon, U.S. Air Force, 81st Fighter Group / 1:47

Mr. Gordon discusses what it was like to eject from a jet during combat. - Korea
Mose Gordon, U.S. Air Force, 81st Fighter Group / 3:53

Mr. Gordon describes a narrow escape he had while flying with the minister. - Korea
Mose Gordon, U.S. Air Force, 81st Fighter Group / 5:57

Mr. Denton describes the the training he received in order to become a Merchant Marine. - WWII
Bennie Denton, U.S. Merchant Marines / 1:41

While in Shanghai, Mr. Tanga recalls witnessing Chinese troops execute a Chinese prisoner. - WWII
Pat Tanga, U.S. Navy, USS Ebert / :48

Mr. Tanga recalls having a deceased Japanese soldier float into the water pipe of the Ebert while at sea. - WWII
Pat Tanga, U.S. Navy, USS Ebert / :32

Mr. Erving describes what it was like to be a part of "Operation Junction City" in Vietnam. - Vietnam
Lester Erving, U.S. Army, 1st Inf. Div., B Company / 2:51

Mr. Erving describes how he was mysteriously wounded while at base camp and sent to recover in the hospital for eighteen months. - Vietnam
Lester Erving, U.S. Army, 1st Inf. Div., B Company / 1:13

Mr. Wilson describes being bombed and strafed by German forces while stationed on Omaha Beach after the events of D-Day. - WWII
Emmett Wilson, U.S. Army, 630th Tank Destroyer Batt., 28th Infantry Division / 1:31

Mr. Wilson describes how he and his division dealt with snipers in France. - WWII
Emmett Wilson, U.S. Army, 630th Tank Destroyer Batt., 28th Infantry Division / 1:00

Mr. Wilson describes moving into Hurtgen Forest in an attempt to take the town of Schmitt, and losing a significant amount of men in the process. - WWII
Emmett Wilson, U.S. Army, 630th Tank Destroyer Batt., 28th Infantry Division / 1:22

(Part 1/4) Mr. Wilson describes the chaotic series of events that unraveled when he was separated from his unit, due to a brigade of German tanks. - WWII
Emmett Wilson, U.S. Army, 630th Tank Destroyer Batt., 28th Infantry Division / 5:07

(Part 2/4) Mr. Wilson discusses traveling many miles in search for shelter and supplies. - WWII
Emmett Wilson, U.S. Army, 630th Tank Destroyer Batt., 28th Infantry Division / 6:06

(Part 3/4) Mr. Wilson continues sharing his story of survival when separated from his unit. - WWII
Emmett Wilson, U.S. Army, 630th Tank Destroyer Batt., 28th Infantry Division / 5:58

(Part 4/4) Mr. Wilson concludes sharing his epic story of survival and perseverance. - WWII
Emmett Wilson, U.S. Army, 630th Tank Destroyer Batt., 28th Infantry Division / 9:03

Col. Masters describes getting lost during a mission over Berlin due to a radar failure. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps, 551st Bomb Squadron, 385th Bomb Group, 3rd Division, 8th Air Force / 2:41

Col. Masters shares his disappointing experiences from D-Day. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps, 551st Bomb Squadron, 385th Bomb Group, 3rd Division, 8th Air Force / :56

Following D-Day, Col. Masters discusses flying over Munich and achieving air supremacy. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps, 551st Bomb Squadron, 385th Bomb Group, 3rd Division, 8th Air Force / :37

Col. Masters describes the thrill of firing upon enemies while flying a P-51. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps, 3rd A.D. Scouting Force, 8th Air Force / :44

Col. Masters describes what it was like to fly through contrails during a mission over Braunschweig. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps, 3rd A.D. Scouting Force, 8th Air Force / 1:30

Col. Masters shares his experiences from an early combat mission he had over Prussia. - WWII
Vince Masters, U.S. Army Air Corps / 1:37

Mr. Scott describes facing German submarines and dropping depth charges during his trip overseas. - WWII
Conolus Scott, U.S. Army, 724th Medical Sanitation Co. / 2:55

Mr. Scott describes having to help transport over eight hundred deceased soldiers during an air raid. - WWII
Conolus Scott, U.S. Army, 724th Medical Sanitation Co. / :55

Mr. Scott recalls what it was like to prepare for the invasion of France. - WWII
Conolus Scott, U.S. Army, 724th Medical Sanitation Co. / 1:15

While serving as a camera operator on one bombing run, Joe Noonan recalls having to bail out of his B-26 over Belgium and being mistaken for a German soldier after making his way back to safety. - WWII
Joe Noonan, 9th Air Force / 10:17

Having served aboard the USS Callaway in the Pacific, Ted Dunbar recalls how dead bodies were temporarily held on the ship. - WWII
Ted Dunbar, USS Callaway, USCG / 01:39

Ted Dunbar describes the uncomfortable conditions and his duties serving in the boiler room on the USS Callaway. - WWII
Ted Dunbar, USS Callaway, USCG / 03:35

Claude Miller talks about how living near a naval base kept him informed on what was going on before and during World War II, and how many people were outspoken against involvment in the war. - WWII
Claude Miller, USS Callaway, USCG / 05:04

Claude Miller discusses the great naval advancements the United States made from 1942-1944. - WWII
Claude Miller, USS Callaway, USCG / :48

Ed Pepping talks about a particularly nasty type of mine used by German troops called the "castrator." - WWII
Ed Pepping, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, E Company / :50

While serving as a combat artist on Peleliu, Omer Dawson recalls a near miss from a Japanese sniper. - WWII
Omer Dawson, USS Callaway, USCG / 01:54

Omer Dawson talks about how much friendly fire occured on the island of Peleliu. - WWII
Omer Dawson, USS Callaway, USCG / 01:27

Mr. Trapp discusses his incredible experiences from the three months he spent on Okinawa. - Vietnam
James Trapp, U.S. Air Force, F-105 D Crew Chief / 1:53

Mr. Trapp describes the environment of Da Nang and shares his experiences from a mission that took place there. - Vietnam
James Trapp, U.S. Air Force, F-105 D Crew Chief / 2:06

Mr. Trapp recalls witnessing an intense Navy aircraft landing accident. - Vietnam
James Trapp, U.S. Air Force, F-105 D Crew Chief / 1:29

Mr. Trapp describes an interesting fishing trip he was a part of in Da Nang. - Vietnam
James Trapp, U.S. Air Force, F-105 D Crew Chief / 1:49

Mr. Trapp describes what the situation was like in Thailand and shares his experiences from the air base in Korat. - Vietnam
James Trapp, U.S. Air Force, F-105 D Crew Chief / 5:06

(Part 1/2) Mr. Trapp shares the reasons for his return to Takhli and describes his experiences from the time he spent stationed there. - Vietnam
James Trapp, U.S. Air Force, F-105 D Crew Chief / 8:39

(Part 2/2) Mr. Trapp concludes sharing his experiences from his time in Takhli. - Vietnam
James Trapp, U.S. Air Force, F-105 D Crew Chief / 7:28

Mr. Trapp describes the challenge modifying planes during the war and dealing with enemy insurgents during Operation Rolling Thunder. - Vietnam
James Trapp, U.S. Air Force, F-105 D Crew Chief / 7:07

Mr. Corry describes the duties of a Navy Patrol plane and shares details of assignments he participated in over the Aleutians. - WWII
Bill Corry, U.S. Navy, Air Patrol Bomber Squadron / 3:34

Mr. Corry discusses his return to Bremerton after the war with Japan had ended. - WWII
Bill Corry, U.S. Navy, Air Patrol Bomber Squadron / 3:14

After having served with Paul Tibbets in Europe and North Africa, Dutch Van Kirk gets contacted by Tibbets for a very special and secretive mission in late 1944. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 509th Composite Group / 02:02

Dutch Van Kirk describes why Hiroshima was chosen as an atomic bomb target by the United States. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 509th Composite Group / :59

Dutch Van Kirk talks about why he thinks the atomic bombs were necessary to help end the war with Japan. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 509th Composite Group / :58

Gene Foley remembers learning about the atomic bomb while preparing to invade the Japanese mainland. - WWII
Gene Foley, USS El Dorado / 01:55

Mr. Head shares his first experiences from moving into Guam. - WWII
Bill Head, U.S. Marines, 3rd Marine Div., 21st Reg., 3rd Batt., K Company / 3:17

Mr. Head shares the details of a Banzai attack he faced following his arrival to Guam. - WWII
Bill Head, U.S. Marines, 3rd Marine Div., 21st Reg., 3rd Batt., K Company / 1:06

Mr. Head recalls his experiences from traveling across Guam. - WWII
Bill Head, U.S. Marines, 3rd Marine Div., 21st Reg., 3rd Batt., K Company / 2:23

Mr. Head recalls the training he went through in order to prepare for the invasion of Iwo Jima. - WWII
Bill Head, U.S. Marines, 3rd Marine Div., 21st Reg., 3rd Batt., K Company / 3:24

(Part 1/2) Mr. Head describes his personal experiences from the invasion of Iwo Jima. - WWII
Bill Head, U.S. Marines, 3rd Marine Div., 21st Reg., 3rd Batt., K Company / 6:11

(Part 2/2) Mr. Head concludes sharing his experiences from the invasion of Iwo Jima. - WWII
Bill Head, U.S. Marines, 3rd Marine Div., 21st Reg., 3rd Batt., K Company / 6:17

Mr. Cox describes the training he went through in order to become a Marine. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Echo Battery, 2nd Batt., 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Div. / 1:56

Mr. Cox recalls having senior Marine officers trying to force him to give up during training. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Echo Battery, 2nd Batt., 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Div. / 1:50

Mr. Cox describes the time he spent on his ship while in route to Da Nang. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Echo Battery, 2nd Batt., 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Div. / 2:07

Mr. Cox shares his experiences from landing on Red Beach in Da Nang. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Echo Battery, 2nd Batt., 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Div. / 4:58

Mr. Cox describes getting around the chain of command that delayed artillery strikes. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Echo Battery, 2nd Batt., 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Div. / 2:58

Mr. Cox shares the tragic story of Felix Lincoln. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Echo Battery, 2nd Batt., 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Div. / 3:22

Mr. Cox describes a chaotic artillery mission that caused mass media scrutiny in America. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Echo Battery, 2nd Batt., 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Div. / 7:37

Mr. Cox shares some of his experiences from being a Forward Observer. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 4:34

Mr. Cox recalls how he reacted to being ambushed during a patrol. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 3:34

Mr. Cox describes a small mishap he experienced during Operation New York. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 6:32

Mr. Cox shares a funny story involving a Swedish journalist during Operation Kings. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 1:02

Mr. Cox describes his experiences from Operation Double Eagle. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 6:26

Jesse Brown remembers how the United States avoided conflict during World War II until the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and where he was when he heard that tragic news. Provided by Jay Newman. - WWII
Jesse R. Brown, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 02:02

Jesse Brown recalls one regrettable bombing mission he took part in over Germany, and the mysterious event that occurred on that mission. Provided by Jay Newman. - WWII
Jesse R. Brown, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 01:45

Even after being liberated from a prisoner of war camp, Jesse Brown shares his humility after seeing the poor shape of wounded troops on his hospital ship back to the United States. Provided by Jay Newman. - WWII
Jesse R. Brown, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 02:03

After a typhoon disaster, Arthur Leach recalls spending over seven hours in the air looking for survivors. - WWII
Arthur Leach, Fighter Squadron 3, Air Group 3, USS Yorktown / 02:21

Mr. Cox shares the tragic story of James Egan. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 1st Cavalry Div. / 4:39

Mr. Cox recalls being informed of an attack on his battery while he participated in Operation Double Eagle. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 3:25

Mr. Cox describes his interesting experiences from New Years Eve, 1965. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 5:04

Mr. Cox describes what the mortars were like during the Vietnam War and discusses facing the struggles of jungle boot. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 2:19

Mr. Cox shares how a friend of his accidentally called in his own coordinates during a mortar strike. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 1:52

Mr. Cox explains why his Naval Gun Fire Officer tracked the mistakes of other Marines during the war. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 2:07

Mr. Cox describes the interactions he had with the Vietnamese people. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 1:06

Mr. Cox describes the anger that began to set in as the War in Vietnam continued. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 1:48

Mr. Cox gives a detailed description of the Anti-Aircraft weapon known as "HAWK." - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 2:09

Mr. Cox describes how he accidentally injured himself near the end of his first tour of duty. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 3:25

Mr. Cain discusses completing his training and shares his experiences from New Guinea. - WWII
Winton Cain, U.S. Army, 594th Engineer & Boat Shore Regiment, 4th Engineer Special Brigade / 3:36

Mr. Cain describes moving to New Britain and discusses what he was responsible for, including his preparation for the invasion of the Island of Luzon. - WWII
Winton Cain, U.S. Army, 594th Engineer & Boat Shore Regiment, 4th Engineer Special Brigade / 3:21

Mr. Cain recalls getting into boats and wading ashore during the invasion of the Lingayen Gulf. - WWII
Winton Cain, U.S. Army, 594th Engineer & Boat Shore Regiment, 4th Engineer Special Brigade / 4:48

Mr. Cain discusses preparing for Japan and describes the time he spent there. - WWII
Winton Cain, U.S. Army, 594th Engineer & Boat Shore Regiment, 4th Engineer Special Brigade / 5:14

After being loaded onto a troop ship and not told where he and his fellow soldiers were headed, Peter Chopping, a British Army doctor, describes how he created a rudimentary sextant to deduce their destination. Interview provided by Deborah Ellinger. - WWII
Dr. Peter Chopping, Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army / 02:14

Peter Chopping talks about how a potential Russian invasion of Japan figured into the United States' plan to drop the atomic bombs. Interview provided by Deborah Ellinger. - WWII
Dr. Peter Chopping, Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army / 01:55

Warren Glen Bestwick, a Marine fighter pilot, remembers a couple of dangerous accidents that occurred on his aircraft carrier near Korea. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - Korea
Warren Glen Bestwick, U.S. Marine Corps / 3:09

Arthur Hicks remembers the hardships black service members faced after World War II, and praises the steps President Truman took towards desegregating the armed forces. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Arthur Hicks, Tuskegee Airman, U.S. Army Air Corps / 5:49

Harry Baxter describes watching dogfights in the air above his ship, and how some Japanese aircraft would try to land on the USS Bunker Hill out of desperation. - WWII
Harry Baxter, Torpedo Squadron 8, USS Bunker Hill / 1:47

Eberhard van der Vlugt, having been indoctrinated into the Hitler Youth at a young age, talks about why he began to dislike Adolf Hitler, and recalls an event when he saw Hitler in person. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Eberhard van der Vlugt, Hitler Youth / 5:12

After surviving the Battle of the Bulge, Lou Zoghby talks about the brand new set of dangers he experienced from being delivered into Germany in a glider. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 2:27

After the end of World War II, Lou Zoghby remembers preparing for and taking part in the V-Day celebrations in New York City. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, 82nd Airborne Division / 3:47

While serving occupation duty in Berlin after the end of fighting in Germany, Lou Zoghby talks about some of the clever ways soldiers made money and sent money home to their families. Provided by LifeCairn, Inc. - WWII
Louis Zoghby, Company F, 194th Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 6:03

While working for General Eisenhower's staff in London, Helen Denton shares her experiences meeting members of the British royal family and Winston Churchill. - WWII
Helen Denton, Women's Army Corps / 2:40

As an A-20 pilot, Dave Andrews describes how closely his bombers would fly in formation. - WWII
Dave Andrews, 671st Bomb Squadron, 416th Bomb Group, 9th Bomber Command, 9th Air Force / 1:30

While training in the United States, Dave Andrews remembers making the terrible mistake of flying his A-20 bomber into a thunderhead. - WWII
Dave Andrews, 671st Bomb Squadron, 416th Bomb Group, 9th Bomber Command, 9th Air Force / 2:31

After taking damage to his brakes during a bombing raid, Dave Andrews describes his dangerous attempt to stop his aircraft upon landing. - WWII
Dave Andrews, 671st Bomb Squadron, 416th Bomb Group, 9th Bomber Command, 9th Air Force / 3:45

Mr. Moss gives a detailed description of the purposes and functions of Air Sea Rescue. - WWII
Harold Moss, U.S. Army Air Corps, Air Sea Rescue, Air Transport Command / 3:07

Mr. Moss discusses the purposes for flying to Newfoundland and explains his duties and the history of Gander. - WWII
Harold Moss, U.S. Army Air Corps, Air Sea Rescue, Air Transport Command / 5:35

Mr. Moss describes how Air Sea Rescue would spot downed crews from high altitudes. - WWII
Harold Moss, U.S. Army Air Corps, Air Sea Rescue, Air Transport Command / :47

Tasked with delivering supplies into Burma, Arthur Sutton talks about how the often terrible weather made no difference in their flight plans and how he learned to trust his instruments over his own body. - WWII
Arthur Sutton, Air Transport Command / 4:25

Arthur Sutton, a C-46 pilot, describes the various and sometimes surprising types of cargo that he delivered and hauled back over the "Hump" during World War II. - WWII
Arthur Sutton, Air Transport Command / 2:12

Arthur Sutton tells the funny story behind his favorite load that he delivered across the "Hump" into China during World War II. - WWII
Arthur Sutton, Air Transport Command / 4:35

During the invasion of Sicily, Terence Laing remembers American airborne troops taking friendly fire, and his Navy landing craft being met with heavy strafing from German fighter aircraft at Gela. Provided by John Hartrampf. - WWII
Terence Arthur Gordon Laing, LCT 5, Landing Craft Flotilla 11 / 2:17

During the Battle of Midway, Clifford Dunaway remembers how the USS Yorktown became the primary target for Japanese forces while his ship remained relatively unscathed. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., USS Atlanta / 3:58

Clifford Dunaway recalls how he became a gun turret loader on the USS Atlanta, and gives some details about naval gun turrets and the role his ship served in their naval fleet. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., USS Atlanta / 5:30

During the sinking and evacuation of the USS Atlanta, Clifford Dunaway recalls how several sailors were nearly left for dead. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., USS Atlanta / 1:49

Clifford Dunaway describes the gruesome scenes of death he witnessed after re-boarding the damaged and sinking USS Atlanta after the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., USS Atlanta / 3:01

Joan Praet, an Army nurse on the home front, recalls her enlistment and training in 1944. - WWII
Joan Praet, WAC Medical / 7:51

Joan Praet, an Army Nurse on the home front, relates how it was growing up in FDR's home town and how he would attend church there during the war. - WWII
Joan Praet, WAC Medical / 2:48

Joan Praet, an Army nurse on the home front, describes her experience treating wounded paratroopers in Jackson, Mississippi - WWII
Joan Praet, WAC Medical / 8:18

Tank commander Jack Van Keuren relates some humorous experiences from his training in The States and his crossing to England to enter the fray in WWII. Apparently, the Yanks' solution to dealing with roundabouts was to drive straight through them. - WWII
Jack Van Keuren, 36th Tank Battalion / 14:25

Jack Van Keuren jokes about the test drive of an ill-fated experimental jeep that was designed to operate in water as well as on land. - WWII
Jack Van Keuren, 36th Tank Battalion / 3:00

As his tank crew moved inland following D-Day, Jack Van Keuren had some unusual experiences including finding a bank full of German money and liberating a Mercedes convertible from a garage. - WWII
Jack Van Keuren, 36th Tank Battalion / 7:05

Randall Johnson talks about his arrival at Peleliu after being on Cape Gloucester and Guadalcanal. In this incident, he relates a short story about a lone Japanese plane making an unwise flyby over heavy fortified allied troops. - WWII
Randall Johnson, 2nd Battalion, 17th Marines, 1st Marine Division / 01:05

Mary D'Amico recalls the attitudes of the German soldiers in Cassino, Italy immediately after they surrendered to the Allies. She recalls a particular deadly incident. - WWII
Mary D'Amico, Italian Civilian / 1:00

Mary D'Amico reflects on times she and her family were hiding in the hills near Cassino, Italy when the Americans were bombing German troops during the Battle of Monte Cassino. She reacts to an encounter she and her English speaking father had. - WWII
Mary D'Amico, Italian Civilian / 3:52

Civilian Mary D'Amico talks about what the town of Cassino, Italy was like after the bombing was over and the Americans had successfully cut off the German supply road between Rome and Naples. - WWII
Mary D'Amico, Italian Civilian / 1:19

Mary D'Amico shares a memory during Christmas time in Cassino, Italy. Mary and her family had been hiding out in the woods to stay clear of German soldiers after the surrender to the Allies. - WWII
Mary D'Amico, Italian Civilian / 1:44

Mary D'Amico who was 10 and 11 years old during the end of the war remembers the mental strength of her father during the difficult time during and after the Battle of Monte Cassino. Her sister was also suffering from typhoid fever for several weeks. - WWII
Mary D'Amico, Italian Civilian / 1:10

Army Engineer Reyno Petree was an ace machinist who volunteered for the Army and applied his skills to a "D-handled shovel" as a bridge building engineer. Across Europe, his outfit built 85 bridges so the Army could "get the tanks across." - WWII
Reyno Petree, Company A, 1306 Engineer General Service Regiment, 3rd Army / 8:19

Reyno Petree describes the delicate task of mine disposal and how the Army engineers were expected by French civilians to pluck them from the mine fields. - WWII
Reyno Petree, Company A, 1306 Engineer General Service Regiment, 3rd Army / 4:34

During the Battle Of The Bulge, Army engineer Reyno Petree made contact with his brother, who was in an infantry unit. And what was that incident with Patton and the Rhine River? - WWII
Reyno Petree, Company A, 1306 Engineer General Service Regiment, 3rd Army / 6:21

Unlike nearly every other recruit, William Wilkerson says he enjoyed boot camp. "Healthy enough to take the abuse and smart enough to take the orders." He was among the first trained at brand new Camp Pendleton. - WWII
William Wilkerson, HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Regiment, 3rd Marine Division / 5:09

Even in a war, William Wilkerson was able to appreciate beauty around him. Intricate spider webs, jungle orchids and old Lutheran churches caught his eye. - WWII
William Wilkerson, HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Regiment, 3rd Marine Division / 3:13

Besides getting shot, there were serious hazards in the jungles of the South Pacific. William Wilkerson tells of elephantiasis and malaria that struck troops and of the curious lack of snakes. - WWII
William Wilkerson, HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Regiment, 3rd Marine Division / 4:36

Jack Brady discusses training as a Naval Motor Machinist Mate and heading off to war aboard the St. Mary's, launching just south of San Diego. They were given interesting transport missions and began training for the invasion of Okinawa. - WWII
Jack Brady, USS St. Mary's APA 126 / 2:19

En route to Okinawa, Naval Motor Machinist Mate Jack Brady remembers a particular call an officer made in enemy waters. He explains what he and his fellow mates thought of these particular officers he dubbed as "90 day wonders". - WWII
Jack Brady, USS St. Mary's APA 126 / 1:44

Naval Motor Machinist Jack Brady shares the importance of getting sleep, and a particular occurrence where getting good sleep overcame anything else going on. - WWII
Jack Brady, USS St. Mary's APA 126 / 1:25

Stationed aboard the St. Mary's in Okinawa, Motor Machinist Jack Brady discusses a few of the serious assignments and humorous side stories they experienced during wartime while transporting supplies and patrolling the beaches. - WWII
Jack Brady, USS St. Mary's APA 126 / 3:22

Stationed aboard the St. Mary's in Okinawa, Motor Machinist Jack Brady explains the diversionary tactics of the Japanese during the invasion and a humorous response to a plan to identify enemy boats in the cover of darkness. - WWII
Jack Brady, USS St. Mary's APA 126 / 3:23

Naval Motor Machinist Jack Brady remembers a particular officer who was to blame for a horrible incident while aboard the St. Mary's in the Pacific. This ship was used for transporting medical supplies, gasoline, ammunition and jeeps among other items. - WWII
Jack Brady, USS St. Mary's APA 126 / 1:55

Sailor John Manning describes his duties and life aboard the destroyer USS Heerman. He remembers how the depth charges they dropped to combat enemy submarines caused the metal walls next to his bunk to visibly ripple with the power of the blasts. - WWII
John Manning, USS Heerman DD-532 / 7:34

Poised to invade Japan, sailor John Manning recalls the abrupt ending of the war after the atomic bombs were dropped. He still marvels at the acceptance and friendliness extended to him by the Japanese people. - WWII
John Manning, USS Heerman DD-532 / 6:43

Ralph Pannell of the Army Air Corps goes over his daily duties while stationed at Gowen Field in Idaho. He also mentions some famous names who were stationed there between August 1943 & November 1944. - WWII
Ralph Pannell, 12th Bomber Group, 434th Bomb Squadron, 10th Air Force / 1:53

Ralph Pannell explains the difficult boat trip to India for him and the other members of the Army Air Corps. They departed November 1944 and even though they made several stops, they were not allowed off the ship during the journey. - WWII
Ralph Pannell, 12th Bomber Group, 434th Bomb Squadron, 10th Air Force / 3:00

After Ralph Pannell and the Army Air Corps docked in Bombay, they had specific instructions when it came to dealing with the locals . He recalls the rustic living quarters within that region and how his records were lost upon arrival. - WWII
Ralph Pannell, 12th Bomber Group, 434th Bomb Squadron, 10th Air Force / 6:56

Ralph Pannell explains the planes that were flown by the Army Air Corps while stationed in Feni, India and one gruesome experience in that region due to the aftermath of a battle. - WWII
Ralph Pannell, 12th Bomber Group, 434th Bomb Squadron, 10th Air Force / 2:26

Ralph Pannell of the Army Air Corps recalls two harrowing experiences during his time in India. One while flying back from Bangalore during a storm and another that was an explosion on land. - WWII
Ralph Pannell, 12th Bomber Group, 434th Bomb Squadron, 10th Air Force / 3:08

Ralph Pannell of the Army Air Corps describes the living conditions while stationed in India. They lived in old Bamboo Shacks and had to adapt to the conditions. They often hired locals for certain small janitorial duties. - WWII
Ralph Pannell, 12th Bomber Group, 434th Bomb Squadron, 10th Air Force / 3:00

After the war was over, Ralph Pannell of the Army Air Corps recalls the long journey home, station by station, including a flight over the Taj Mahal and other activities along the way. - WWII
Ralph Pannell, 12th Bomber Group, 434th Bomb Squadron, 10th Air Force / 5:45

Just a farm boy from Tennessee, Charles Smith thought his basic training was a great experience. As a lefty, he was switched from a carbine to a machine gun because the spent shells kept hitting him in the face. Then, he "did not have to do much aiming." - WWII
Charles Smith, Reconnaissance Company, 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division / 5:15

After the Battle of the Bulge, Charles Smith had a pleasant interlude quartered with a Belgian family in the village of Trooz. Then, as he neared Berlin, he befriended a Russian soldier only fourteen years old, whose rifle was as long as he was tall. - WWII
Charles Smith, Reconnaissance Company, 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division / 4:24

When sailor Jim Kennedy first saw his ship, LCI-425, he was disappointed. "It was not a handsome ship." After a trip through the Panama Canal, the crew had liberty in San Diego, split into two shifts. What would happen if you took both shifts? - WWII
Jim Kennedy, LCI-425 / 8:49

On leave in Manila after the landing at Iwo Jima, sailor Jim Kennedy thought the back of a jeep looked inviting for a nap, but he woke up outside of town and had to hitchhike back to base. Then it was back to the war and the Okinawa and Iejima landings. - WWII
Jim Kennedy, LCI-425 / 7:40

As the entire Pacific fleet readied for the invasion of Japan, the A-Bombs ended the war. Assigned to the occupation force, sailor Jim Kennedy found the Japanese civilians to be gracious and friendly, and war souvenirs too tempting to pass up. - WWII
Jim Kennedy, LCI-425 / 9:07

The training continued after deployment for Naval Armed Guard John Laster. He recalls gunnery training in a tent in the Iranian desert, firing mocked up guns at projected combat films. - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard, SS Alcoa Patriot / 2:58

When the Liberty Ships he was guarding rode the really big waves, the entire ship would tremble, according to John Laster. He remembers being more afraid of storms than the enemy. - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard, SS Alcoa Patriot, SS Joseph McKenna, SS Arthur Dobbs, SS Glenn Curtiss / 1:59

Naval Armed Guard John Laster was proud of his proficiency at his task of loading the deck guns on Liberty Ships. He describes the procedure and details the guns and different shells. - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard, SS Joseph McKenna / 3:04

In the port of Naples, there was a system of warning lights to signal gun crews whether they should fire at enemy planes or let the port gunners take care of them. Unfortunately, recalls John Laster, the crew of a French ship did not heed the lights. - WWII
John Laster, US Naval Armed Guard, SS Joseph McKenna / 10:33

Moving from from high school to Navy radio school, that is where 17 year old Jack Toole found himself. Then on to Military Intelligence at Cheltenham where he was trained to record enemy Morse code communications. - WWII
Jack Toole, Naval Communications Intelligence Corps / 6:07

Buford Cummings talks about how Navy officers were stationed aboard oil tankers, traveling dangerous waters in the North Atlantic Ocean. He explains the guns they had on board the LST 177 and the constant threat of submarine attack. - WWII
Buford Cummings, LST 177 / 1:44

Buford Cummings talks about the intense physical training for Amphibious Forces while at Little Creek and then Panama City. - WWII
Buford Cummings, Armed Guard / 1:18

Engineer Wilmer Roland was trained to build bridges and destroy mines, but before he followed the Army onto Omaha beach he managed to lose some stripes in England and nearly freeze in a dive from a ship. - WWII
Wilmer Roland, 1306 Engineer Service Regiment / 5:29

Naval Intelligence Corpsman Jack Toole trained with Marines while at Pearl Harbor, then shipped out on the USS Cape Johnson in the largest convoy of the war, all steaming toward the enemy. - WWII
Jack Toole, Naval Communications Intelligence Corps / 6:36

Jack Toole finally learned the destination of his Pacific journey, it was Guam. His job was to operate a radio listening post and intercept coded messages. First Problem? They need the high ground where the enemy fled. - WWII
Jack Toole, Naval Communications Intelligence Corps / 8:35

With only a few enemy stragglers on Guam, Intelligence Corpsman Jack Toole could concentrate on the task at hand. One radio intercept led to the targeting of an enemy admiral. And there was a tense moment when Jack was sure he heard a grenade land. - WWII
Jack Toole, Naval Communications Intelligence Corps / 8:09

From his outpost on Guam, Jack Toole could watch bombers return from long missions, the damaged ones leading the way with special lights. Then, thankfully, the war ended and the dreaded invasion of the Japanese homeland was averted. - WWII
Jack Toole, Naval Communications Intelligence Corps / 8:49

During the Battle of the Bulge, Engineer Wilmer Roland was used as a recon driver and recalls dodging cows on the roads. He also remembers the hospitality of the people of Luxembourg and the novelty of hearing a Buzz Bomb. - WWII
Wilmer Roland, 1306 Engineer Service Regiment / 3:40

A surrendering German officer supplied a new sidearm for Wilmer Roland, a Luger. A town where the scorched earth technique had been used by the enemy still amazes him. And what was that password? - WWII
Wilmer Roland, 1306 Engineer Service Regiment / 5:20

Wilmer Roland encountered Russian troops while camped in Czechoslovakia and marveled that they had women soldiers. After the European hostilities ceased, he nearly was seen fraternizing with a civilian by Gen. Patton, who was riding by on a Jeep. - WWII
Wilmer Roland, 1306 Engineer Service Regiment / 4:20

When he did not have enough points to be discharged after the Europe campaign, Wilmer Roland found himself on a ship to the Pacific. There was nearly a riot when troops found out the destination - Manila. - WWII
Wilmer Roland, 1306 Engineer Service Regiment / 7:19

As the ship left Japan to carry Wilmer Roland home to America, the troops took up a collection for the captain of the ship, who was fined for leaving port too early. Back home, the Army engineer reflected that he was "just another soldier." - WWII
Wilmer Roland, 1306 Engineer Service Regiment / 3:07

William Stafford joined the Navy while a student at Emory University. After Midshipman school, he was deployed as a new Ensign on an LST. By the end of the war he had served on 3 of them and he gives an idea of what life was like aboard the unusual ship. - WWII
William Stafford, LST 491 / 7:41

William Stafford was relieved that the war ended soon after he deployed. He saw the unforgettable sight of the devastation at Nagasaki, and was treated to a stay at a luxurious Mt. Fuji resort, where neutral European non-combatants had been interned. - WWII
William Stafford, LSTs 491, 722, 985 / 4:08

Harold Darden, along with 3 fellow students, decided to enlist in order to "whip up on them Germans." After an unusual problem involving a urine sample, they were sent back to Auburn for pre-radar school. As it turned out, this training was never used. - WWII
Harold Darden, Company B, 1st Battalion, 345th Infantry, 87th Division, 3rd Army / 7:46

Harold Darden served in the German occupation for 2 months and then was sent stateside to prepare for Pacific action, which was then made unnecessary. Not really the "Greatest Generation," he says. They just had a job to do and they did it. - WWII
Harold Darden, Company B, 1st Battalion, 345th Infantry, 87th Division, 3rd Army / 1:58

Despite assurances that fathers would not be drafted, Richard Hurd found himself inducted and in training. When it became known that he worked in a bank, he was considered perfect for Financial services in the US Army effort. - WWII
Richard Hurd, 56th Financial Section, 1st Army / 2:46

In the heat of battle, Jim Vidal and his platoon came across a few abandoned German horses that were rather shell-shocked by the gunfire, however his training back in the states actually prepared him to use the horses effectively. - WWII
Jim Vidal, 103rd Infantry Division / 2:45

David Andrews discusses what it was like to be on the receiving end of an ambush. He tells the story of how they successfully turned the tide on one major ambush. - Vietnam
David Andrews, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division / 2:34

David Andrews explains how they prepared for the heat of the jungle, and describes all of the diseases and other dangers of the region. - Vietnam
David Andrews, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division / 1:36

David Andrews explains the feeling that overcame him when he departed Vietnam and a funny story about what occurred between him and another passenger that almost led to a fight. - Vietnam
David Andrews, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division / 1:43

David Andrews reflects on the entire Vietnam experience and the few things he remembers from his year in the jungle. He puts that time period in perspective with the war going on presently in the Middle East. - Vietnam
David Andrews, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division / 1:59

College student Fred Mills "ran out of money and experience" and had to leave school just as the Korean War started. A Navy recruiter promised him aviation training but he wound up a Corpsman, which started a long medical career. - Korea
Fred Mills, USS Columbus / 4:53

Despite his training, Hanks Jones recalls an alarming sight that quickly made him lose his "John Wayne syndrome" on his first day in Europe during World War II. - WWII
Hanks Jones, HQ Company 399, 100th Infantry Division / 1:32

Hanks Jones shares his story of how he ended up surrounded by 200 German soldiers in Alsace-Lorraine who, luckily for him, had no interest in fighting. - WWII
Hanks Jones, HQ Company 399, 100th Infantry Division / 3:07

Harold Shreiner did not mind basic. They took breaks, after all. Designated a turret gunner and sent to China, he flew alongside the Flying Tigers. A simple code in his letters kept his wife aware of where he was. - WWII
Harold Shreiner, 22nd Bomb Squadron, 14th Air Force / 7:05

Turret Gunner Harold Shreiner says he had a "good view" from his position while flying in China and "over the Hump." On one flight, though, an unending cloud bank had the crew ready to bail out. - WWII
Harold Shreiner, 22nd Bomb Squadron, 14th Air Force / 6:21

Al Quern, a steam and diesel engineer in the Merchant Marine, recalls in detail the series of events after his ship was hit by two German torpedoes in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in 1943. - WWII
Al Quern, SS Santa Catalina, Merchant Marine / 14:26

Duard Baxter recalls arrival on Okinawa at Yontan airfield. They were expecting heavy resistance but surprisingly didn’t have much confrontation. He shares a story of one Japanese pilot who was at the wrong place at the wrong time when they arrived. - WWII
Duard Baxter, Company G, 4th Regiment, Fighting 6th Marine Division / :54

Duard Baxter discusses the minute food rations and horrible living conditions during his three-month trek through Okinawa. This includes a horrific story about not keeping watch when sleeping in a foxhole. - WWII
Duard Baxter, Company G, 4th Regiment, Fighting 6th Marine Division / 1:37

Duard Baxter remembers the devastating scene in Okinawa soon after the Atomic bomb dropped and the unusual reaction from the people living there. - WWII
Duard Baxter, Company G, 4th Regiment, Fighting 6th Marine Division / 1:02

Turner Davis, a Navy signalman, talks about what life was like on a Merchant Marine ship during World War II, and the role these ships played in the war. - WWII
Turner Davis, S.S. Pan Maine / 5:08

Turner Davis discusses his duties as a Navy signalman stationed aboard a Merchant Marine cargo ship during World War II. - WWII
Turner Davis, S.S. Pan Maine / 3:19

At the end of World War II, Turner David recalls visiting one of the sites where an atomic bomb had been dropped in Japan, and describes what he saw. - WWII
Turner Davis, U.S.S. Millicoma / 1:02

Florence Fattig talks about the difficulties that amputee patients faced both during their physical therapy treatment and after the war had ended. - WWII
Florence Fattig, 104th Evacuation Hospital, Third Army / 1:35

Florence Fattig, an Army nurse, remembers two amputee patients she treated in one night during World War II, each of which had a very different take on their unfortunate situations. - WWII
Florence Fattig, 104th Evacuation Hospital, Third Army / 1:38

Florence Fattig talks about how difficult, but rewarding, it was to treat severe head injuries during World War II. - WWII
Florence Fattig, 104th Evacuation Hospital, Third Army / 2:03

Carl Beck has his first encounter with prisoners in Northern Europe - WWII
Carl Beck, 101st Airborne Division / :23

Lewis Fern shares his experience during the landing at Anzio - WWII
Lewis Fern, 82nd Airborne Division / :40

Raymond Smith tells of the fate of a German prisoner in Italy - WWII
Raymond Smith, 10th Armored / 1:00

Paul Compton tells of capturing Italians while they were still eating breakfast - WWII
Paul Compton, 1st Armored / 1:15

Paul Compton describes the heroic death of his unit's first casualty during a strafing attack by Messershmitts in North Africa - WWII
Paul Compton, 1st Armored / 1:40

Marion Holmes remembers the desperate actions of a starving village in France - WWII
Marion Holmes, 95th Infantry / 1:00

Dale Barker recalls the gruesome nature of war on Okinawa - WWII
Dale Barker, 1st Armored Amphibian Battalion / :23

Bob Adams finds a mysterious dead German in Italy - WWII
Bob Adams, 345th Engineers / 1:36

Ralph Hempel remembers a replacement in Italy who received an unusual injury. - WWII
Ralph Hempel, 13th Armored Regiment / :45

Mack Abbott shares his impressions of the attack on Pearl Harbor - WWII
Mack Abbott, Marines / :50

Mack Abbott recalls the fighting on Tinian in the Pacific - WWII
Mack Abbott, Marines / 1:17

Hap Chandler retells a story of tragedy on Okinawa as told to him by his friend, Captain Jim "Hoss" Williams who was in the 77th Infantry Division. - WWII
Lt. Col. Hap Chandler (ret.), 8th Air Force, 491st Bomb Group / :25

Ray Stein shares his experience of working on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. - WWII
Ray Stein, Special Engineer Detachment, Manhattan Project / 6:37

Andy Kiddey tells the story of being a passenger on a hospital plane dreadfully close to running out of fuel over Japan. - WWII
Andy Kiddey, 1st Armored / 2:31

Joe Peoples tells the story of an unexpected visit from his Vietnamese barber. - Vietnam
Joe Peoples, Air Cavalry / 1:06

Hap Chandler recalls a story told to him by Captain Jim "Hoss" Williams (77th Infantry Division) who tried to get rid of an annoying subordinate in an unconventional way in Japan. - WWII
Lt. Col. Hap Chandler (ret.), 8th Air Force, 491st Bomb Group / :55

Hap Chandler retells the story of his friend, Captain Jim "Hoss" Williams (77th Infantry Division), meeting Ernie Pyle, a famous war correspondent, before being attacked by the Japanese. - WWII
Lt. Col. Hap Chandler (ret.), 8th Air Force, 491st Bomb Group / 1:16

John Souther recalls how he came into political office in Italy. - WWII
John Souther, 1st Armored / 2:32

The pressure and anticipation break good men, including Dave Williams, during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Dave Williams, 78th Infantry / 3:27

Don Ogden is taken to a camp for rescued POWs and awaits the long trip home. - WWII
Don Ogden, 15th Air Force, 304th Bomb Wing, 456th Bomb Group, 745th Squadron / 4:22

Don Ogden watches a saboteur get his just desserts on an American airfield. - WWII
Don Ogden, 15th Air Force, 304th Bomb Wing, 456th Bomb Group, 745th Squadron / 0:55

Hughes Davault talks about the dangers of flying home after World War II was over, after the aircraft mechanics had already left. (Interview contributed by Russell Gray) - WWII
Hughes Davault, 339th Fighter Squadron / 2:57

John Davis describes the design of the USS Perch, a recon and rescue submarine. - WWII
John Davis, USS Perch / 2:00

Earl Williams takes shrapnel in the arm and hip during a bombing raid on the airfield at Mariveles, Bataan. - WWII
Earl Williams, Philippine Division / 1:31

Ralph Stinson describes passing a concentration camp as his unit made its way across Europe with Gen. Patton. - WWII
Ralph Stinson, Third Army / 1:14

Henk Duinhoven remembers the treatment of Jewish people as the occupation of Holland progressed. - WWII
Henk Duinhoven, Dutch Civilian / 1:34

Arthur Crowe recalls two memorable events on his transport ship in the waters off the French coast. - WWII
Arthur Crowe, 9th Infantry Division Artillery / 2:04

1st Lt. Leo Goldner, who is Jewish, has an amazing encounter in the jungles of the Philippines. - WWII
Leo Goldner, WESPAC Group / 3:37

Eli Silverman, a Navy corpsman in the 8th Beach Battalion, comes across a wounded Marine on Saipan yelling for help. He quickly realizes that the wounds are worse than he originally thought, and has never been able to forget the man’s face. - WWII
Eli Silverman, USS Knox / 0:45

Drenched in the enemy's blood and chemically burned, Paratrooper Mario Patruno tells his chilling tale of surviving German attacks. - WWII
Mario Patruno, 101st Airborne Division, 506 PIR, Company F / 6:05

Anxious to fight the Germans, Paratrooper Mario Patruno tells how he survived heavy gunfire, a rough landing in France, and an incident with a French traitor. - WWII
Mario Patruno, 101st Airborne Division, 506 PIR, Company F / 5:42

Paratrooper Mario Patruno, recalls the hard work and humor of basic training at Camp Toccoa in Georgia, including how a friend lost all of his teeth. - WWII
Mario Patruno, 101st Airborne Division, 506 PIR, Company F / 3:13

Lost Paratrooper Mario Patruno recalls outshooting a German soldier, and how learning to ride horses helped him find his company during a fierce firefight. - WWII
Mario Patruno, 101st Airborne Division, 506 PIR, Company F / 6:53

Corporal Westell relives being unexpectedly summoned by the General and what happened after they met face to face on the Isle of Guam. - WWII
Eugene Westell, Corporal, USMC / 4:50

Eugene Westell shares why he is still grateful to President Harry Truman and describes his life after the war. - WWII
Eugene Westell, Corporal, USMC / 1:08

After getting fast-tracked into on-the-job training aboard the USS Finback submarine in the East China Sea, Hugo Parkman recalls rescuing downed aircraft pilots, including one future president, in September of 1944. - WWII
Hugo Parkman, USS Finback / 03:15

Jim Sanders describes the aftermath of the atomic bomb destruction of Nagasaki, Japan. - WWII
Jim Sanders, 8th Service Regiment / :55

Lucy Cline (Huie) talks about her two brothers, who survived combat in Europe during World War II only to experience tragedy after the war's end. - WWII
Lucy Cline (Huie), Special Services / 02:20

Nimrod "Mac" McNair relives a mission to retrieve a P-38 aircraft during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. - WWII
Nimrod McNair, Army Air Corps / 05:26

John's Company, shortly after entering Germany, comes upon the bodies of over 1,000 Jewish people who have suffered a horrific fate at the hands of German soldiers. - WWII
John Rausch, Staff Sergeant, 9th Army, 102nd Inf. Div. 406th Reg. Co. L / 6:10

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Richard Fiske recalls the many attempts to rescue trapped sailors from overturned and capsized vessels. Footage donated by Bill Shea. - WWII
Richard Fiske, USS West Virginia / 7:24

After their ship was hit by Japanese bombers at Pearl Harbor, Richard Fiske tells the emotional story of an attempt to rescue two trapped sailors as the ship filled with seawater. Footage donated by Bill Shea. - WWII
Richard Fiske, USS West Virginia / 04:23

Richard Fiske recalls the honorable request asked of him by a Japanese veteran who took part in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Footage donated by Bill Shea. - WWII
Richard Fiske, USS West Virginia / 3:14

Bill's brother, Johnnie York, a member of the 101st PIR-506th Airborne, is killed while Bill was serving in southern France. - WWII
Bill York, 3rd Class Petty Officer, LCT Flotilla 20, LCT Group 60, USS LSMR 526/527 / 5:59

As a young Czechoslovakian girl in the late 1930s, Maria Hirschmann recounts the sweeping admiration for Adolf Hitler at the time, and the circumstances under which she began training as a Nazi Youth leader. - WWII
Maria Hirschmann, Nazi Youth / 08:39

During a bomb run over Germany, Pete's B-17 develops major problems in its #2 engine. The plane is forced to drop out of formation on its return to England. - WWII
Pete M. Ebersole, 1st Lt., B-17 Pilot, Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group / 8:09

Frank Gleason talks at length about how Japan began pushing their way into China in early 1945, and the last ditch efforts by his crew to destroy bridges and other vital structures along the way while U.S. troops pulled out of the area. - WWII
Frank Gleason, Office of Strategic Services / 11:49

At the end of the war in Europe, Luke Huggins gets caught up in the surrender of German troops. - WWII
Luke Huggins, 351st Battalion, A Battery, Cannon Company / 3:09

On Okinawa, John Bullard and his men prepare for a mission, but they're confused because the war is supposed to be over. - WWII
John Bullard, 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division / 7:22

John Bullard recounts a story told to him by another soldier, of that soldier's experience in the aftermath of the Los Baños Raid and how that event caught up with him years later. - WWII
John Bullard, 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division / 3:33

Roland Marbaugh recalls the few important ways tootsie rolls were key to the survival of the Marines in Yudam-ni, including the hero of the Chosin Reservoir, Ray Davis. - Korea
Roland Marbaugh, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines / 2:33

During the battle to break out of the Chosin Reservoir at Yudam-ni, Roland Marbaugh witnesses the effect of Air Force dropped Napalm on the human body. - Korea
Roland Marbaugh, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines / 1:26

Once the road between Yudam-ni and Hagaru-ri was opened, Roland Marbaugh helps with the evacuations of Marine casualties and sees a terrible sight. - Korea
Roland Marbaugh, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines / 1:22

Marvin Dyer recalls his ship's role in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May of 1942, including rescuing crewmembers from the USS Lexington after a Japanese bombing run. - WWII
Marvin Dyer, USS Hammann / 07:15

After decoding Japanese messages regarding an attack on the area, Marvin Dyer describes his ship's involvement in the Battle of Midway in June of 1944, during which his ship was destroyed by a torpedo. - WWII
Marvin Dyer, USS Hammann / 12:55

Rob illustrates a tragic combat incident that took place during his career in Vietnam. - Vietnam
Robert Doll, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry / 9:14

Mr. Simpson tells the story of a young officer who was badly wounded, and rumored, incorrectly, never to have recovered. - Vietnam
Bob Simpson, U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division / 2:52

Mr. Carey shares the horrors he faced being a POW in Japan. - WWII
John Carey, U.S. Marine Corps, 3rd Marine Division / 7:20

Harold Latham shares a memorable Christmas story from the winter of 1944, which began with a dangerous raiding mission and ended with a friendly meal. - WWII
Harold Latham, USS Bayfield, Coast Guard / 06:40

Being one of over 900 troops aboard the transport vessel USAT Dorchester in the North Atlantic, Benjamin Epstein describes in detail how he became one of the few survivors of a German U-boat attack in February of 1943. Part 1 of 2. - WWII
Benjamin Epstein: Sinking of the Dorchester, Part 1, U.S. Army Air Corps / 13:49

Benjamin Epstein continues his story of how he became one of the few survivors of the sinking of the USAT Dorchester. Part 2 of 2. - WWII
Benjamin Epstein: Sinking of the Dorchester, Part 2, U.S. Army Air Corps / 11:09

Mr. Couillard describes tragic accidents that took place aboard the flight deck of the U.S.S. Yorktown throughout his tour. - WWII
Ben Couillard, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Yorktown, V1-T Division / 3:16

Vincent Elster describes the destruction he witnessed after visiting Nagasaki, Japan, shortly after the dropping of the atomic bombs. - WWII
Vincent Elster, USS Sanctuary / 06:48

Mr. Morris explains how an Army unit adopted a chipmunk that led to the cause of a funny incident. - WWII
Ben Morris, U.S. Army Air Force, 502nd Tactical Control, Group 607 Aircraft Control / 1:06

Part 1: Mr. Noonan describes his experiences and story of survival during the attack on Pearl Harbor. - WWII
Frank Noonan, U.S. Navy, 7th Fleet / 6:11

Part 2: Mr. Noonan concludes his story of survival during the attack on Pearl Harbor. - WWII
Frank Noonan, U.S. Navy, 7th Fleet / 4:50

Aside from the fronts in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, Frank Pomroy contends that there was actually a third war going on at the time with General MacArthur. - WWII
Frank Pomroy, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division / 01:18

Ed Joyeusaz describes the confidence he had in his fellow sailors aboard the USS Yorktown during World War II. - WWII
Ed Joyeusaz, KS Division, USS Yorktown / 01:08

After coming back from World War II and settling down, Roland Glenn describes the post-traumatic stress he began experiencing and the long road he faced to overcoming it. Interview conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Roland Glenn, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division / 08:14

Mr. Cushman describes witnessing his Lt. bleed to death after being shot in the neck by a German sniper. - WWII
John Cushman, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 409th Inf. Regt., Co. E / 1:19

Part 1: Dr. Littlejohn describes the events that took place during an incredible battle he helped lead in Wolfgantzen, France. - WWII
Oliver Littlejohn, U.S. Army, 75th Inf. Division / 5:09

Part 2: Dr. Littlejohn concludes sharing his experiences and heroic actions that took place during the battle of Wolfgantzen, France. - WWII
Oliver Littlejohn, U.S. Army, 75th Inf. Division / 5:04

Mr. McCurry explains how the USS Newport set the world record for the fastest trans-Pacific passage in history during their trip back to the States. - Vietnam
Jim McCurry, U.S. Navy, USS Newport / 3:05

Leland Kindred shares his memories and thoughts during the final days of World War II in the Pacific. - WWII
Leland Kindred, 86th Combat Mapping Squadron, 7th Air Force / 04:33

While riding on the side of an American tank, Mr. Hanlein takes swift action when German planes begin strafing his position. - WWII
Bill Hanlein, U.S. Army, 103rd Inf. Div., 328 Combat Eng. / 2:21

Mr. Motte describes defending the USS Missouri from the sky during the signing of the peace treaty in Tokyo. - WWII
Elmer Motte, U.S. Air Force, 20th Air Force / 1:41

Dennis Daniel looks back at his time as a young man during World War II and how it has changed his life. - WWII
Dennis Daniel, 781st Bomb Squadron, 465th Heavy Bomb Group, 15th Air Force / 01:58

Dennis Daniel talks about how he saved the life of a fellow airman on a bombing mission over Europe. - WWII
Dennis Daniel, 781st Bomb Squadron, 465th Heavy Bomb Group, 15th Air Force / 03:27

Mr. Freshley describes the rough trip he experienced while traveling across the Atlantic, and performs a song he sang during the journey called, "This Is Worth Fighting For." - WWII
Dwight Freshley, U.S. Army, 7th Traffic Regulating Transportation Corps / 3:12

Frank Brim describes a few memorable events he experienced during World War II, including rescuing a very young Japanese pilot and overhearing an interesting radio communication from a disabled U.S. aircraft. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio - WWII
Frank Brim, VPB-21, USS Chandeleur / 03:47

While aboard the USS Tennessee, Jack Evans describes in detail the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Jack Evans, USS Tennessee / 08:15

Jack Evans contrasts the joyous evening he experienced the night before the Pearl Harbor attack to the suffering he witnessed within the next twelve hours. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Jack Evans, USS Tennessee / 06:00

Part 1: Mr. Rosen describes an interesting patrol that ended in an intense battle with the German Army. - WWII
Sy Rosen, U.S. Army, 3rd Inf. Div., G Co., 7th Inf. Regt., 2nd Battalion / 4:21

Part 2: Mr. Rosen concludes describing battle with and escape from the German Army. - WWII
Sy Rosen, U.S. Army, 3rd Inf. Div., G Co., 7th Inf. Regt., 2nd Battalion / 4:21

Mr. Rosen describes capturing a soldier who had unintentionally been drafted into the German Army. - WWII
Sy Rosen, U.S. Army, 3rd Inf. Div., G Co., 7th Inf. Regt., 2nd Battalion / 1:33

Ed Harrell recollects the mystery surrounding a very important and dangerous package the USS Indianapolis was tasked with delivering to the Pacific front - the first atomic bomb. - WWII
Ed Harrell, USS Indianapolis / 05:00

Ed Harrell describes in detail the sinking of the USS Indianapolis from Japanese torpedoes, which left nearly 900 Sailors and Marines in shark-infested Pacific waters. Part 1 of 4. - WWII
Ed Harrell: The Sinking of the Indianapolis, Part 1, USS Indianapolis / 08:04

After his ship was sunk by Japanese torpedoes, Ed Harrell continues his story of survival, fighting off hallucinations and sharks, while adrift in the Pacific Ocean. Part 2 of 4. - WWII
Ed Harrell: The Sinking of the Indianapolis, Part 2, USS Indianapolis / 08:50

Ed Harrell continues his story of survival into the third day adrift in the Pacific Ocean. Part 3 of 4. - WWII
Ed Harrell: The Sinking of the Indianapolis, Part 3, USS Indianapolis / 09:11

After being adrift in the Pacific for four days, Ed Harrell concludes his story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, which only a quarter of the crew ultimately survived. Part 4 of 4. - WWII
Ed Harrell: The Sinking of the Indianapolis, Part 4, USS Indianapolis / 10:09

Part 1: Mr. Boyce shares an interesting incident that led Secretary Baker to visit Turkey which resulted in the U.S. introducing forces into Turkey for the first time in history. - Gulf War
Michael Boyce, USMC, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expedition Brigade, 1st-4th Air Wings / 3:11

Part 2: Mr. Boyce concludes sharing what he experienced when Secretary Baker visited Turkey. - Gulf War
Michael Boyce, USMC, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expedition Brigade, 1st-4th Air Wings / 3:47

Harville Shepard talks about the liberation of the Ohrdruf concentration camp near Weimar, Germany, in 1945. - WWII
Harville Shepard, 174th Field Artillery Battalion / 01:45

Mr. Davis describes witnessing a miracle happen as a result of miscommunication between soldiers. - WWII
Gilmer Davis, U.S. Army, 147th Infantry, Co. B / 1:18

Mr. Davis recalls witnessing the tragic loss of a Sergeant, the day after his name had been drawn to return home. - WWII
Gilmer Davis, U.S. Army, 147th Infantry, Co. B / 1:05

Bob Schmutzler talks about why he joined the Army and describes in detail his experiences leading up to and including the attack on Pearl Harbor. - WWII
Bob Schmutzler, Battery F, 251st Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) / 08:55

In this riveting story, Bob Phillips reflects back on the terrifying injuries his fellow soldiers suffered. He describes how they all felt at the moment it happened. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D, First Platoon / 3:39

In one humorous incident, Capt. Philllips recalls a drunken surgeon operating on his feet, how he couldn't walk, and what happened when the Germans started shooting at him. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D, First Platoon / 3:57

Mr. Coalson describes the bizarre sight of a Vietcong with an AK-47 dueling an F-4. - Vietnam
Tony Coalson , U.S. Army, 21st Aviation Company, First Field Force, Air America / 1:22

While exploring a destroyed town near the Rhine River, Mr. Applefield discovers an expensive piece of jewelry that he sends home and eventually presents to his wife. - WWII
Milton Applefield, U.S. Army, 1303rd Engineers, HQ Company / 3:21

Mr. Victor describes meeting the Chief of Staff and being offered a job at the Pentagon in the middle of battle on the front lines. - WWII
Walter Victor, U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division / 1:23

Mr. Victor describes earning a Bronze Star by successfully capturing German spies. - WWII
Walter Victor, U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division / 1:44

Corporal Westell describes why he joined the Marines, his desire to be a gunner, where he was ultimately assigned, and the grueling moments he faced during basic training. - WWII
Eugene Westell, Corporal, USMC / 5:27

After the bomb was dropped on Japan, Eugene Westell was assigned to locate and find Japanese troops in hiding. Here he describes the challenges of the task. - WWII
Eugene Westell, Corporal, USMC / 3:19

While in China, a cruel incident made a deep impression on Eugene Westell. In this dramatic account he describes it. - WWII
Eugene Westell, Corporal, USMC / 2:22

Mr. Montillo describes his incredible first engagement with the enemy. - Vietnam
Albert Montillo, U.S. Army, 3rd Battalion, 60th Inf. Reg., Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, 9th Inf. Div. / 6:17

Mr. Montillo shares a funny and relieving incident he experienced during guard duty. - Vietnam
Albert Montillo, U.S. Army, 3rd Battalion, 60th Inf. Reg., Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, 9th Inf. Div. / 2:24

(Part 1/2) Mr. Gordon describes being flamed out during a combat mission and discusses the harrowing results that followed. - Korea
Mose Gordon, U.S. Air Force, 81st Fighter Group / 4:38

(Part 2/2) Mr. Gordon concludes sharing the details of his near death experience. - Korea
Mose Gordon, U.S. Air Force, 81st Fighter Group / 4:20

Dutch Van Kirk describes the differences between the two atomic bombs dropped over Japan, the "Fat Man" and "Little Boy", and how each worked. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 509th Composite Group / 03:09

Mr. Head recalls witnessing a very traumatic event take place when he reached the end of Iwo Jima. - WWII
Bill Head, U.S. Marines, 3rd Marine Div., 21st Reg., 3rd Batt., K Company / 2:11

Mr. Head shares a funny, yet disturbing joke he played on his friend while on Iwo Jima. - WWII
Bill Head, U.S. Marines, 3rd Marine Div., 21st Reg., 3rd Batt., K Company / 2:50

Mr. Cox describes the brutal booby traps that he and his men would discover among the villages. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Echo Battery, 2nd Batt., 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Div. / 2:14

(Part 1/2) Mr. Cox shares his incredible experiences from the intensity of Operation Kings. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 7:29

(Part 2/2) Mr. Cox concludes sharing his experiences from the events of Operation Kings. - Vietnam
Frank Cox, U.S. Marines, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Batt., 9th Marines, Forward Observer, 3rd Marine Div. / 7:08

Capt. Phillips describes how American soldiers avoided death when the bombs started flying over Normandy and how he felt about General Patton after being sent into battle time after time. - WWII
Capt. Bob Phillips, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company D First Platoon / 2:41

Eberhard van der Vlugt talks about how he became a Hitler Youth member as a young German child, including the requirements and training he underwent. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Eberhard van der Vlugt, Hitler Youth / 9:10

Helen Denton talks about how she trained for and performed the very specialized job of typing top secret information for the Allied Forces during World War II. - WWII
Helen Denton, Women's Army Corps / 4:28

After spending weeks typing top secret logistical plans for the Allied Forces, Helen Denton shares her emotions and experiences leading up to the D-Day invasion, and talks about how she kept that information secret for 50 years. - WWII
Helen Denton, Women's Army Corps / 3:51

Arthur Sutton recalls some of the more unique experiences of his military career, when he got a chance to visit the "quiet room" at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the massive climate-controlled hangar at Eglin Air Force Base. - WWII
Arthur Sutton, Air Transport Command / 3:48

Arthur Sutton describes why his Air Transport Command aircraft were not allowed to fly in formation or even near each other while flying over China. - WWII
Arthur Sutton, Air Transport Command / 1:05

While stationed in the China Burma India theater, Arthur Sutton remembers the attachment his fellow airmen came to feel for a regularly scheduled Japanese spy plane flyover. - WWII
Arthur Sutton, Air Transport Command / 2:55

Terence Laing recalls the role that landing craft tanks served during the invasion of Casablanca, and in returning injured troops to their ships after the combat ended. Provided by John Hartrampf. - WWII
Terence Arthur Gordon Laing, LCT 5, Landing Craft Flotilla 11 / 3:40

Clifford Dunaway, a gun turret loader on the USS Atlanta, describes the naval bombardment of Guadalcanal where his ship alone was responsible for 5000 rounds of shells. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., USS Atlanta / 1:33

While deployed to sea outside of Guadalcanal, Clifford Dunaway talks about how a downed Japanese pilot reacted to being taken prisoner by U.S. forces. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., USS Atlanta / 2:33

While headed into the impending Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Clifford Dunaway recalls the actions and emotions of himself and his fellow crew members. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., USS Atlanta / 1:16

Jesse Beck, a Special Forces soldier, describes how his unit used technology to "sniff" out the enemy in Vietnam. - Vietnam
Jesse Beck, 5th Special Forces Group / 1:11

Naval Motor Machinist Mate Jack Brady shares his memories of the Philippines during wartime and shares a tough memory of what was going on back home. - WWII
Jack Brady, USS St. Mary's APA 126 / :54

Naval Officer Phillip Gow went to boot camp in the Great Lakes and from there went to Kodiak and Cold Bay, Alaska where the long hours of daylight created strange circumstances for the men. - WWII
Phillip Gow, USS Menard APA 201 / 3:19

Jim Vidal was not a smoker before joining the Army, but he tells the story of how certain situations forced him to take on the habit. - WWII
Jim Vidal, 103rd Infantry Division / :52

Turner Davis shares the story of how his brother, having survived air combat against German pilots during World War II, met an unlikely end on his way home after deployment. - WWII
Turner Davis, S.S. Pan Maine / 3:21

After discovering his C-46 aircraft was known to be faulty, Arthur Sutton recollects the conflict that arose from questioning his superiors. - WWII
Arthur Sutton, Air Transport Command / 3:37

Clifford Dunaway recalls how his preconceived notions of Navy life differed from reality when he joined the military and went to war in 1941. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., USS Atlanta / 0:54

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