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Northern Europe

Carl Beck remembers an attack on an enemy tank by Airborne infantry in Normandy - WWII
Carl Beck, 101st Airborne Division / 1:15

Brigadier General Harold Dye (retired) recounts the tragic death of a Lieutenant towards the end of the war in Germany near the Rhine - WWII
Harold Dye, 569th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion / 2:16

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

Joe Peoples describes a close call in Germany when a prisoner put a gun in his face. - WWII
Joe Peoples, 9th Armored Division / :58

Bob Welsh tells the story of surviving a German artillery barrage with a little help from lady luck. - WWII
Bob Welsh, 87th Infantry Division / 4:57

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

Richard Sadler describes his experiences delivering explosives during the invasion of Juno Beach on D-Day. - WWII
Richard Sadler, Allied Forces / 18:01

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

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

At the French port of Lorient, Jack Brantley and his artillery unit face a break out attempt by German Army forces desperate to escape their encirclement. - WWII
Walter Jackson Brantley, 695th Armored Field Artillery Battalion / 8:98

While in the hills outside of Sainte-Mère-Église in Normandy, a series of attacks and counter-attacks lead Oliver Diffey to a serious injury caused by a German mortar round. - WWII
Oliver Diffey, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment / 5:18

Stephen Chick recalls storming and surviving the Omaha Beach invasion on D-Day as his friends and fellow soldiers fell around him. - WWII
Stephen Chick, 5th Ranger Battalion / 11:46

After taking anti-aircraft fire during a mission over France, Robert Benton finds returning to his base in England extremely difficult. - WWII
Robert Benton, 36th Fighter Group / 6:08

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

John Vlass recalls his arrival in England and his observations of the landings at Omaha Beach on D-Day. - WWII
John Vlass, 526th Ordinance Company / 6:41

Ed LaPorta remembers, in vivid detail, the incredibly difficult 85 mile trek from his prison camp to the death camp at Buchenwald, and the horror he faced there. - WWII
Ed LaPorta, 1st Armored Division / 8:05

Larry Bowers' B-24 is shot down by German anti-aircraft fire, and he recalls how he survived those first few moments on the ground. - WWII
Larry Bowers, 445th Bomber Group / 5:42

Frank Walden, a Navy Corpsman, arrives on Omaha beach on D-Day and tries to treat the wounded before being severely injured by shrapnel. - WWII
Frank Walden, 6th Naval Beach Battalion / 8:34

Clayton Byrd shares the amazing story of how he and his platoon kept fighting when surrounded by an overwhelming force during the Battle of the Bulge, thus earning them all Silver Stars. - WWII
Clayton Byrd, 94th Infantry / 13:50

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

During a harrowing mission to destroy a Messerschmitt assembly plant, Tom Parsons survives the Luftwaffe company front attack. - WWII
Tom Parsons, 44th Bomber Group / 3:14

James Marion Arnold recalls how the USS McCook took part in the opening salvos of Operation Overlord in the waters at Normandy. (Audio Only) (Interview contributed by Jim Arnold) - WWII
James Marion Arnold, Gunnery Officer, USS McCook / 6:59

After seeing troops and vehicles taking fire from an unseen location on Omaha Beach, James Marion Arnold decides to take action. (Audio Only) (Interview contributed by Jim Arnold) - WWII
James Marion Arnold, Gunnery Officer, USS McCook / 4:32

James Marion Arnold uses his guns to open the pathway into Vierville for the troops that landed at Normandy on D-Day. (Audio Only) (Interview contributed by Jim Arnold) - WWII
James Marion Arnold, Gunnery Officer, USS McCook / 2:11

James Marion Arnold watches an odd phenomenon take shape on Omaha Beach a few days after the initial landing. (Audio Only) (Interview contributed by Jim Arnold) - WWII
James Marion Arnold, Gunnery Officer, USS McCook / 1:51

On D+4, the USS McCook is selected to aid in the taking of Cherbourg, but doesn't aid in the way anyone had anticipated. (Audio Only) (Interview contributed by Jim Arnold) - WWII
James Marion Arnold, Gunnery Officer, USS McCook / 1:53

James Marion Arnold recalls a specifically troubling incident with a 14 inch gun at the harbor at Toulon during Operation Anvil. (Audio Only) (Interview contributed by Jim Arnold) - WWII
James Marion Arnold, Gunnery Officer, USS McCook / 5:54

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

Arthur Crowe recalls 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

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

While stationed at a staging base in North Africa, Olin Plunkett experiences the most paralyzing fear of his life on a patrol boat in the Mediterranean. - WWII
Olin Plunkett, 4th Naval Beach Battalion / 3:52

Reed Williams remembers the 502nd being taken off the line after Normandy for re-training and re-outfitting before Market Garden, and the tense situation in England at the time. - WWII
Reed Williams, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Pathfinders) / 4:16

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

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

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

Col. Harold Weekley (ret.) goes through the events leading up to and during his bailout over the fields of Northern France. - WWII
Col. Harold Weekley (ret.), 398th Bomb Group / 9:09

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

Hap Chandler recalls his experience during Operation Market Garden. - WWII
Lt. Col. Hap Chandler (ret.), 8th Air Force, 491st Bomb Group / 7:10

Hap Chandler recalls his involvement, and feelings about, the controversial Allied bombing of Dresden, Germany in February 1945. - WWII
Lt. Col. Hap Chandler (ret.), 8th Air Force, 491st Bomb Group / 2:11

Lew Jenkins recalls an artillery barrage that he launched from an infantry call for support, and how close the barrage came to killing Allied troops. - WWII
Lew Jenkins, 101st Field Artillery Regiment / 2:39

Lew Jenkins recalls getting into a direct firefight with a German 88 and a sniper. - WWII
Lew Jenkins, 101st Field Artillery Regiment / 2:54

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

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 remembers an unfortunate incident that arose on the artillery line due to high nerves and a moment of hesitation. - WWII
Harold Vrono, 26th Infantry Division / :31

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

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

Nimrod "Mac" McNair recalls being surprised by a Messerschmitt ME262, Germany's first jet aircraft, while making a routine test flight. - WWII
Nimrod McNair, Army Air Corps / :58

Robert Walker remembers a surprise attack by a German bomber on his air base in Boxted, England, in 1943. - WWII
Robert Walker, 9th Air Force / :57

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

Sherburn Searl describes the constant threat of artillery fire while heading through Europe into Germany in 1944. - WWII
Sherburn Searl, Jr., 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division / 01:10

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

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

William Butler describes the staggering number of Allied aircraft that passed though his air base in England, many to never make it back. - WWII
William Butler, 390th Bomb Group / 03:09

William Butler recalls a very sneaky method of attack utilized by German bombers over England. - WWII
William Butler, 390th Bomb Group / :42

Joseph Butler remembers a close call with a German artillery shell. - WWII
Joseph Butler, 111th Field Artillery, 29th Infantry Division / 01:51

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

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

A lieutenant who refuses to move into a dangerous situation protects the lives of Luke Huggins and the other men in his battery. - WWII
Luke Huggins, 351st Battalion, A Battery, Cannon Company / 2:36

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

James Benefield recalls the destruction of an LST while en route to Normandy. - WWII
James Benefield, 207th Combat Engineers / 1:04

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

After his unit captured the town of Schmidt, Germany, Robert L. Harris recalls a close encounter with German Tiger tanks in February of 1945. - WWII
Robert L. Harris, B Company, 310th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 78th Infantry Division / 02:24

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

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

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

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

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

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

A P-47 pilot, Lew Dabney discusses a celebratory act that some pilots would perform after a successful mission. - WWII
Lewis "Lew" Dabney, 36th Fighter Group, 53rd Squadron, 9th Air Force / :59

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Fischle talks about the first time he experienced "Screaming Mimis" while taking cover from German artillery fire. - WWII
Robert Fischle, 390th Anti-Aircraft Automatic Weapons Battalion / 02:12

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

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

Bob Keller describes some of the highs and lows of flying in a bombardment squadron during World War II. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Bob Keller, 414th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group / 01:44

Bob Keller talks about how aircraft payload decisions were sometimes made without the consideration of crewmember safety. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Bob Keller, 414th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group / 01:11

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

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

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

"Punchy" Powell recalls a post-war conversation he had with a seasoned German fighter pilot whom he had flown against during World War II, and points out the difference in experience between the two sides. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 02:34

"Punchy" Powell explains the most dangerous type of mission pilots faced during World War II, and shares one close call he experienced while on one of these missions. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 06:43

"Punchy" Powell recalls how his unit prepared for D-Day at Normandy, the orders they were given, and how it became the most exciting day of his military career. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 07:57

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

Rae Preston comments on the confusion that arose from the number of air and sea vessels during the Normandy invasion of World War II. - WWII
Rae Preston, 367th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force / 01:24

Bob Saumsiegle, a B-17 navigator during World War II, begins his detailed account of bailing out during air combat over Germany on May 30th, 1944, and his attempts to evade capture. Part 1 of 6. - WWII
Bob Saumsiegle: Prisoner of War, Part 1, 303rd Bombardment Squadron, 8th Air Force / 11:11

Bob Saumseigle continues his story of trying to evade capture and survive in the German countryside after having bailed of his B-17 bomber during combat. Part 2 of 6. - WWII
Bob Saumsiegle: Prisoner of War, Part 2, 303rd Bombardment Squadron, 8th Air Force / 11:56

After being captured by the German Luftwaffe, Bob Saumsiegle continues his story of being interrogated by German authorities and being taken to the Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp. Part 3 of 6. - WWII
Bob Saumsiegle: Prisoner of War, Part 3, 303rd Bombardment Squadron, 8th Air Force / 11:53

Bob Saumsiegle describes what life was like as a prisoner at the Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp, before being transported to another location during the winter of late 1944. Part 4 of 6. - WWII
Bob Saumsiegle: Prisoner of War, Part 4, 303rd Bombardment Squadron, 8th Air Force / 14:27

Bob Saumsiegle continues his story of survival as he is transported from one prisoner of war location to another during the winter of late 1944 and experiences regular bombing attacks by British and U.S. forces. Part 5 of 6. - WWII
Bob Saumsiegle: Prisoner of War, Part 5, 303rd Bombardment Squadron, 8th Air Force / 14:13

Bob Saumsiegle concludes his survival story after being held prisoner by German forces for the better part of a year. Part 6 of 6. - WWII
Bob Saumsiegle: Prisoner of War, Part 6, 303rd Bombardment Squadron, 8th Air Force / 10:51

Gerald Spinks describes a memorable but mysterious event he witnessed while unloading equipment off his landing craft tank. - WWII
Gerald Spinks, LCT Flotilla 1 / 02:16

Jim Kiney remembers how a valuable training lesson saved him from a sure death from German artillery fire. - WWII
Jim Kiney, 65th Infantry Division, Third Army / 01:17

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

Emmett McNamara remembers witnessing a French officer taking mortar shrapnel during a firefight with German soldiers holed up in a French chateau. - WWII
Emmett McNamara, O.S.S. Operational Group / 03:11

Serving as a combat engineer during World War II, Ken Jordan describes two close calls with shrapnel during the crossing of the Rhine River and during a German artillery attack. - WWII
Ken Jordan, 1253rd Engineer Combat Battalion / 03:55

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

While serving at a prisoner of war camp, Ken Jordan recalls the horror of finding a mass grave nearby which had been used by German soldiers to dispose of the bodies of Allied soldiers and local citizens. - WWII
Ken Jordan, 1253rd Engineer Combat Battalion / 01:50

Bill Beard recalls how a training injury may have saved his life by keeping him from fighting in the Normandy invasion. - WWII
Bill Beard, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division / 04:37

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

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

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

Jack Callihan recalls how a pair of binoculars led to a shrapnel injury near St. Lo, France. - WWII
Jack Callihan, 802nd Tank Destroyer Battalion / :56

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

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

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

Dennis Daniel remembers his time flying with the Tuskegee Airmen. - WWII
Dennis Daniel, 781st Bomb Squadron, 465th Heavy Bomb Group, 15th Air Force / 01:11

Roy Dawn describes the role his survey section played in coordinating the fire and movement of his artillery battalion. - WWII
Roy Dawn, 919th Field Artillery Battalion Survey Section, HQ Battalion, 94th Infantry Division / 02:43

NEW - During an attempt to take over two gun emplacements, John Buchanan recalls a shocking sight when one of the emplacements next to Ernest Byrd was hit by a German artillery shell. - WWII
John Buchanan, 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division / 4:34

NEW - After crossing the Rhine River, John Buchanan recalls a "nasty" firefight his platoon got into while trying to take over a pair of gun emplacements near Duisberg, Germany, where they, including Bill Friendshuh, nearly became cornered by German troops. - WWII
John Buchanan, 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division / 9:45

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

While serving as a prisoner of war farm laborer, James Arsenault remembers a rare moment of solidarity among his fellow prisoners and their captors. - WWII
James Arsenault, Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / 01:04

James Arsenault shares the paranoia he suffered after returning home from being a POW during World War II. - WWII
James Arsenault, Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / :38

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

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

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

Dutch Van Kirk remembers one particular mission where his B-17 bombed the wrong target in France during World War II. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 340th Squadron, 97th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 01:08

After being interrogated as a prisoner of war, Jesse Brown remembers being taken to a concentration camp in Nuremberg. Provided by Jay Newman. - WWII
Jesse R. Brown, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 01:37

While being held as a prisoner of war in Nuremberg, Jesse Brown recalls the prisoners receiving a strange aid package from the Red Cross. Provided by Jay Newman. - WWII
Jesse R. Brown, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 01:34

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

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

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

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

In this chilling account, Marvin Bone recalls the dramatic effects of the weather, fighting the Germans in Bastogne, and surviving jumps behind enemy lines. He reflects on why it all feels like a dream. - WWII
Marvin Bone, 101st Airborne Division / 2:42

Jumping over the Rhine River proved to be the worst paratrooper experience Marvin Bone had. He explains how a fellow soldier died, describes the German fire power and recalls why the SS soldiers refused to surrender. - WWII
Marvin Bone, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 5:04

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

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

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

In Holland, Elmer Wisherd remembers the terrible losses he witnessed after a deep freeze. He dramatically describes how planes went down all around him as he approached Bastogne, the horrific scenes that followed, and an incredible story of survival. - WWII
Elmer "Wish" Wisherd, Tech Sgt., 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 6:52

According to Gene Browning, a B-17 ball turret gunner, only divine intervention saved him when he nearly fell through an open hatch while in flight. - WWII
Gene Browning, 401st Bomb Group, 615th Squadron, US 8th Air Force / 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

As a messenger on a German flak gun crew, Will Gehlen's job was to deliver messages from the spotters to the gunners. This exposed him to fire from the diving fighter bombers. - WWII
Will Gehlen, 64th Flak Abteilung Munster / 2:52

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

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

Mathew Sikorski was a 10 year old boy in Warsaw when the Nazis invaded Poland. He describes the effect on his family, the terrible acts of the occupying force, and the close call when an artillery shell hit his apartment. - WWII
Mathew Sikorski, Polish Civilian / 14:43

As a young boy in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation, Mathew Sikorski witnessed many roundups of civilians in the streets, including this incident when he encountered German soldiers while riding home on his bicycle. - WWII
Mathew Sikorski, Polish Civilian / 4:49

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 1 of 2. - WWII
Mathew Sikorski - Warsaw Uprising and Exile Part 1, Polish Civilian / 13:45

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

Several unusual events during his time in forced labor in Hameln, Germany, are recalled by Polish exile Mathew Sikorski, including close encounters with attacking Allied planes. - WWII
Mathew Sikorski, Polish Civilian / 11:28

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

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

When his armored car was hit and his comrades retreated, Charles Smith provided covering fire and then spent a tense night alone in the vehicle, not aware of what had happened to everyone. He was awarded the Silver Star and French decorations as well. - WWII
Charles Smith, Reconnaissance Company, 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division / 13:27

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

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

Buford Cummings was stationed aboard LST 1139 near Japan when both atomic bombs were dropped. He discusses the number of both American and Japanese soldiers that would have died during an invasion of Japan if the bomb had not been dropped. - WWII
Buford Cummings, LST 1139 / 2:17

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 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

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

Infantry replacement Harold Darden was welcomed to the front with the words "Welcome to Hell!" Swept into the Battle of the Bulge, he dealt with accidental friendly fire, frostbite, snipers and crawling in the dark right into the feet of the enemy. - WWII
Harold Darden, Company B, 1st Battalion, 345th Infantry, 87th Division, 3rd Army / 10:27

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

After his head injury during one of his early missions in the Vosges Mountains in France, Jim Vidal explains why another soldier told him he needed to give up his boots. He also shares a story he heard in the hospital from another wounded soldier. - WWII
Jim Vidal, 103rd Infantry Division / 3:46

Jim Vidal tells the story of how he asked a German prisoner to help him carry a large battery pack for him. After a couple of days together, the two created a bond that his Colonel said was against the rules of war. - WWII
Jim Vidal, 103rd Infantry Division / 3:25

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

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

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

On D-Day, B-26 pilot Dick Bailey flew his aircraft on a mission to support the beach landing, but terrible weather forced him to return to base with a full bomb load. He got to do his part with two missions later in the day. - WWII
Dick Bailey, 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Group, 9th Air Force / 4:15

On one memorable mission, B-26 pilot Dick Bailey dipped under cloud cover for visibility during the bomb run. They were so low, the planes were damaged by their own bombs. On another, they sustained the most damage of the war from their own waist gunner. - WWII
Dick Bailey, 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Group, 9th Air Force / 8:51

To B-26 pilot Dick Bailey, the most outstanding of his 65 missions was Christmas Eve 1944, the Battle of the Bulge. Usually the Germans would fire flak, then stop and attack with fighters. This time, the flak and the fighters came together. - WWII
Dick Bailey, 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Group, 9th Air Force / 9:33

Before pilot Dick Bailey arrived in the European Theatre, the standard bombing tactic was a low level run. After disastrous losses, it was decided that runs would be made at higher altitudes, where the new Norden bomb sight could be used. - WWII
Dick Bailey, 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Group, 9th Air Force / 4:11

What was that smoking fragment that landed in the cockpit? B-26 pilot Dick Bailey describes that, as well as two battles that bogged down the Allies. Saint-Lo and Cannes where a 48 hour timetable for Gen. Montgomery turned into 6 weeks. - WWII
Dick Bailey, 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Group, 9th Air Force / 7:22

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

Paratrooper Harold Powers was not worried as he jumped in the wee hours on D-Day. After all, his unit was in reserve and designated to protect a General. But as he descended through the tracers all around him, he did not know he was far off course. - WWII
Harold Powers, 3rd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division / 4:41

Part 1 of 4: Not long after he landed, paratrooper Harold Powers knew he was lost and off target. He located another American and they moved toward their objective. They avoided the enemy for a while, but his new comrade was soon dead and he was captured. - WWII
Harold Powers, 3rd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division / 6:38

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

Part 3 of 4: POW Harold Powers was relieved to be moved from outside work details to a coal mining detail. In the mine it was much warmer. Cigarettes were currency. If he had enough, he could have "bought his way out." - WWII
Harold Powers, 3rd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division / 8:00

Part 4 of 4: After liberation, newly freed POW Harold Powers went into a Czech town to find food. There, an entire regiment of Germans marched up and surrendered to a friend of his. They would not surrender to Czechs and were waiting for an American. - WWII
Harold Powers, 3rd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division / 4:53

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

Curtis Mackey describes the relatively quiet first day in Normandy because of where he landed, however the next few days were much more eventful, resulting in a near-death experience and many other dangerous encounters. - WWII
Curtis Mackey, 119th Regiment, 30th Infantry / 4:10

As U.S. troops began moving through France after landing on the beaches of France, Curtis Mackey explains how small groups of soldiers were sent out both day and night to go out on patrol. He recalls one of his first assignments. - WWII
Curtis Mackey, 119th Regiment, 30th Infantry / 2:35

Curtis Mackey describes the events leading up to an injury. He was on patrol en route to Saint-Lo in Normandy and was faced with a situation that forced him to shoot with one hand and hang from a high barbwire fence with the other hand. - WWII
Curtis Mackey, 119th Regiment, 30th Infantry / 4:46

Tank Mechanic Cecil Gladney saw action in support of thirty different units in the push following D-Day. His custom design of a part prevented engine fires and his skill was prized by the troops who made sure he was protected. - WWII
Cecil Gladney, 987 Field Artillery / 8:10

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

Richard Hurd came ashore four days after D-Day and his Financial Section followed the progress of the infantry inland. When they reached Paris, he was so far down the list for leave that he only had enough time to sleep overnight in a hotel room. - WWII
Richard Hurd, 56th Financial Section, 1st Army / 5:00

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

NEW - 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

NEW - B-24 Gunner Hugh Lee Young moved from the waist to the ball turret and his first mission there was memorable. On the low altitude run, they were so close to the ground that when a ammunition cache exploded, it nearly brought down the plane. - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 5:45

NEW - No one would take credit for downing fighters, according to gunner Hugh Lee Young. With so many gunners firing, no one wanted to take the ribbing over the perceived bragging. He didn't mind being in the ball turret because "I was already crazy." - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 5:08

NEW - 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

NEW - "You knew you might not come back," said Hugh Lee Young about bombing missions. He had been giving away his nightly ration of whiskey, but the doctor told him if he did not start drinking it for his nerves, he was grounded. - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 7:33

NEW - B-24 gunner Hugh Lee Young remembers that the mission was supposed to be a milk run. Then the flight was swarmed by over 200 German planes and he was shot down and had to bail out, barely making it out through a window. - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 8:30

NEW - Captured B-24 gunner Hugh Lee Young was first put in solitary confinement for 6 days, then interrogated by his German captors, who became upset at the lack of information. He gave up nothing because he knew nothing. "All I do is fly." - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 3:43

NEW - POW Hugh Lee Young helped stand watch as more able prisoners dug a tunnel and made plans to escape. On the fateful day, the Germans set up guns at the end of the tunnel. Someone had turned traitor for 2 bottles of wine. What happened to that guy? - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 4:24

NEW - The most daring escape attempt seen by POW Hugh Lee Young involved a tape measure and a notebook. "They measured their way right out of camp." When the Germans tried using an electric fence, the Americans ran wires to it and made a hot plate. - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 4:02

NEW - After nearly 18 months in a prison camp, Hugh Lee Young was sent on a forced march ahead of the advancing Russians. The marching prisoners soon encountered piles of corpses alongside the road. Most of them were executed Jews. - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 3:02

NEW - Near the end of the war, Hugh Lee Young was one of 500 men encamped in the woods after a forced march. Food was scarce and he learned he "could eat dandelions pretty well." Then there was the time he cut his hair in a Mohawk. - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 8:47

NEW - Liberated POW Hugh Lee Young and his fellows were stopped from entering nearby Mauthausen concentration camp by Allied guards because they feared that the freed men would massacre the Germans. No reserve duty for him after, "I had about all I could do." - WWII
Hugh Lee Young, 514th Squadron, 376th Bomb Group / 5:42

NEW - 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

Carl Beck recalls how he was mis-dropped over Normandy on D-Day. - WWII
Carl Beck, 101st Airborne Division / 4:47

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

Glenn Gooch shares his first close encounter with a German soldier in France - WWII
Glenn Gooch, 4th Infantry / :50

Glenn Gooch's face is burned by machine gun fire in Northern Europe - WWII
Glenn Gooch, 4th Infantry / 1:56

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

Pilot Neal Harris, after being shot down in Germany, is captured and faces a firing squad - WWII
Neal Harris, 8th Air Force / 1:40

Airborne infantryman Roy Turner shares his face to face experience with a German soldier - WWII
Roy Turner, 82nd Airborne / 1:00

Norm Hartline shares his experience of landing at Omaha Beach - WWII
Norm Hartline, 6th Beach Battalion / 1:41

Norm Hartline recalls the injury of a radio-man on Omaha Beach - WWII
Norm Hartline, 6th Beach Battalion / 1:52

Robert Giguere recounts his landing on Omaha Beach aboard US Coast Guard-manned LCI-85. - WWII
Robert Giguere, 6th Beach Battalion / 2:57

Torre Tobiassen recounts his landing at Omaha and how he was saved by his friend Joe Vaghi (Same LCI as Bob Giguere) - WWII
Torre Tobiassen, 6th Beach Battalion / 3:46

J.C. Fitzpatrick flies in formation over Normandy on D-Day and gets lost in the dark later that night. - WWII
JC Fitzpatrick, 8th Air Force / 4:04

During the landings on D-Day, Easy Red sector, Omaha Beach, Ed Marriott sees a friend lose his life. (Note: This video clip was used by the soldier’s family as part of an effort to have his death date corrected to June 6, 1944.) - WWII
Ed Marriott, 6th Naval Beach Battalion / 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

Fred Pounds tells of a close call with artillery fire in Germany - WWII
Fred Pounds, 76th Infantry / :30

NEW - John Buchanan recalls his first night on the front lines in Belgium during World War II. - WWII
John Buchanan, 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division / 2:14

Airman Dale Dyer recalls what it was like to be under flak fire - WWII
Dale Dyer, 458th Bomb Group / 1:09

Burt Vardeman tells the tragic story of how his tail gunner was lost over the Adriatic Sea after an intense, flak filled mission. - WWII
Burt Vardeman, 484th Bomber Group (Heavy) / 3:43

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

Frank Walden shares his impressions of the landing in Normandy at Omaha Beach - WWII
Frank Walden, 6th Naval Beach Battalion / 7:25

Jim Paine recounts being the only survivor after a tragic incident in France - WWII
Jim Paine, 100th Division / 1:27

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

Jim Paine gives his impressions of what it was like to be under artillery fire - WWII
Jim Paine, 100th Division / 3:00

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 recalls his engine being hit by flak and the flight back to base over Central Europe - WWII
Jason Sedam, 8th Air Force / 1:50

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

Joe Peoples remembers being taken prisoner in Germany, but was helped to escape by an American sympathizer. - WWII
Joe Peoples, 9th Armored Division / 1:50

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

John Cunningham, a top turret gunner, tells the story of when his bomber caught fire during flight. - WWII
John Cunningham, 15th Air Force / 4:51

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

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

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

Julius Shoulars remembers his commanding officer upon landing on Normandy Beach on June 7, 1944. - WWII
Julius Shoulars, 7th Naval Beach Battalion / 1:20

Julius Shoulars recalls his time on the Beaches of Normandy before and after he landed at Omaha Beach on June 7, 1944. - WWII
Julius Shoulars, 7th Naval Beach Battalion / 4:50

When food was scarce on the beaches of Normandy, some soldiers took matters into their own hands according to Julius Shoulars. - WWII
Julius Shoulars, 7th Naval Beach Battalion / 1:10

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

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

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

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

James Dunlap, an Army Soldier, recalls a regrettable flight on an Air Force bombing run in Germany. - WWII
James Dunlap, 6th Cavalry Division / 3:45

Arthur Lester talks about arriving at Omaha Beach as an ambulance driver on the evening of D-Day and spending the night with two dead Soldiers. - WWII
Arthur Lester, 574th Ambulance Batallion / 2:57

Don Ogden runs into a cheap door when trying to get out of his nose gunner pod. - WWII
Don Ogden, 15th Air Force, 304th Bomb Wing, 456th Bomb Group, 745th Squadron / 2:34

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

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

George Sossenko talks about his final battle in France and the end of World War II. - WWII
George Sossenko, Free French Forces Division / 3:59

Richard Sadler tells his coming of age story about growing up in London during the early bombings of World War II. - WWII
Richard Sadler, Allied Forces / 3:06

Richard Sadler talks about cleaning up the dead bodies in the water after the invasion of Juno Beach on D-Day. - WWII
Richard Sadler, Allied Forces / 1:44

After surviving D-Day, Richard Sadler gives an eyewitness account of the German V-1 flying bomb. - WWII
Richard Sadler, Allied Forces / 3:43

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

While making his way into Northern France, Richard Eaton and a mixed company of Airborne troops take fire from German 88s in a nearby mountain range. - WWII
Richard Eaton, 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team / 2:41

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

Winston Williams talks about being captured by German soldiers after surviving D-Day, friendly fire and a German mortar attack. - WWII
Winston A. Williams, 29th Infantry Division / 8:13

Winston Williams describes being packed in a boxcar with forty other soldiers after being taken prisoner by the Germans in 1944. - WWII
Winston A. Williams, 29th Infantry Division / 4:07

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

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

Clyde Bramlett, a B-17 bomber pilot, remembers the worst mission he ever flew over Germany. - WWII
Clyde Bramlett, 8th Air Force / 3:18

Clyde Bramlett talks about receiving false instructions from Germans while on a bombing mission. - WWII
Clyde Bramlett, 8th Air Force / 1:54

Clyde Bramlett describes the flak that he experienced on bombing runs over Germany. - WWII
Clyde Bramlett, 8th Air Force / 3:58

Clyde Bramlett recalls mid-air collisions that resulted from flying in unclear weather conditions. - WWII
Clyde Bramlett, 8th Air Force / 1:44

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

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 lands on Utah Beach at Normandy twelve days after the initial landings. - WWII
Walter Jackson Brantley, 695th Armored Field Artillery Battalion / 1:50

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

Jack Brantley recalls firing on the German town of Wesel as well as the aftermath of attempting to cross the Rhine river. - WWII
Walter Jackson Brantley, 695th Armored Field Artillery Battalion / 3:01

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

Jack Brantley and his unit try to survive the cold while in combat during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Walter Jackson Brantley, 695th Armored Field Artillery Battalion / 9:42

Jack Brantley witnesses the use of one of the first multiple rocket emplacements during the invasion of Germany. - WWII
Walter Jackson Brantley, 695th Armored Field Artillery Battalion / 1:40

Jack Brantley recalls two separate fighter crash landings and the aftermath to the German pilots. - WWII
Walter Jackson Brantley, 695th Armored Field Artillery Battalion / 3:57

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

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 talks about delivering sad news to the Dutch city of Maastricht as a switchboard operator. - WWII
Dick Arnold, 228th Anti-aircraft Searchlight Battalion / 9:23

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

Bernard Bentfeld recalls taking artillery fire in his first combat experience. - WWII
Bernard Bentfeld, 656th Tank Destroyer Battalion / 2:03

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

Oliver Diffey gets caught up in the notorious Airborne mis-drops over Normandy on D-Day and spends three confusing days trying to find his unit. - WWII
Oliver Diffey, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment / 5:45

During his three day journey to find his unit in Normandy, Oliver Diffey of the 101st Airborne and others from the 82nd Airborne come into close contact with a German Panzer tank. - WWII
Oliver Diffey, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment / 2:19

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

Stephen Chick remembers a close call in Austria while trying to stop a German tank with a bazooka. - WWII
Stephen Chick, 65th Infantry Division / 2:23

James Moore lands at Omaha beach on D+2 and recounts the journey from Normandy, to Berlin, and back home. - WWII
James Moore, 2nd Armored Division / 5:51

James Moore hazards the cold to bring tanks to the front during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
James Moore, 2nd Armored Division / 1:37

Robert Benton flies air cover over the beaches at Normandy on D-Day. - WWII
Robert Benton, 36th Fighter Group / 1:05

Robert Benton catches a break when a superior officer saves his life. - WWII
Robert Benton, 36th Fighter Group / 1:37

Robert Benton is assigned to teach new pilots how to fly the P-47 but encounters trouble before he even leaves the runway. - WWII
Robert Benton, 36th Fighter Group / 2:25

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

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

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

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

John Vlass takes German heavy rocket fire during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
John Vlass, 526th Ordinance Company / 1:43

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

Ed LaPorta recalls how he was captured by a German unit and the torture he endured during his first few weeks in captivity. - WWII
Ed LaPorta, 1st Armored Division / 7:58

Ed LaPorta and other POWs find a way to help the war effort from behind the barbed wire of a German prison camp. - WWII
Ed LaPorta, 1st Armored Division / 8:38

Ed LaPorta recalls how he and his fellow POWs would turn the table on their captors when their camp was visited by delegates representing the Geneva Convention. - WWII
Ed LaPorta, 1st Armored Division / 14:00

As the war is coming to a close, Larry Bowers and his fellow POWs march across Northern Germany until they come to the 104th Field Artillery - WWII
Larry Bowers, 445th Bomber Group / 5:02

Ed McNally recalls the feeling of flying into an anti-aircraft fire cloud over Ploesti and how difficult the return to base turned out to be. - WWII
Ed McNally, 464th Bomber Group / 5:49

Ed McNally and crew have to bail out of their B-24 and just make it out in time. - WWII
Ed McNally, 464th Bomber Group / 6:28

Ed McNally explains how the Germans treated him and his fellow prisoners very humanely during the course of their capture and confinement. - WWII
Ed McNally, 464th Bomber Group / 9:50

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

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

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

Bob Powell's P-51 Mustang takes anti-aircraft fire during a strafing run on a German airfield, damaging his tail. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 2:05

Bob Powell remembers his unit's action leading up to and during D-Day, maintaining allied air superiority over the beaches. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 6:39

Bob Powell catches a little bit of luck when he takes out a plane that both of his commanders miss. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 2:02

Bob Powell tells of the airfield battle known as The Death of the Luftwaffe, where American aces fought off a German attack while being outnumbered 5 to 1. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 3:42

After taking fire, Bob Powell makes a desperate attempt to land his damaged plane but the results of his landing give the people on the ground a real scare. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 3:29

Bob Powell blindly follows his colonel on a hard maneuver and comes away with his first victory. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 2:44

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

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

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

Roy Stout recalls a humorous incident on D-Day plus one. - WWII
Roy Stout, 7th Beach Battalion / 1:54

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

Tom Parsons becomes a social outcast when he swears he shot at something that moved like a hummingbird. - WWII
Tom Parsons, 44th Bomber Group / 2:32

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

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

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

Mather Hyatt recalls the story of the Leopoldville, an English transport ship, that fell afoul of the German's last push during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Mather Hyatt, 1651st Engineer Utility Detachment / 0:55

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

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

Arthur Crowe remembers finding a target with the help of a Colonel, only to miss, and hit a signifigantly more important target. - WWII
Arthur Crowe, 9th Infantry Division Artillery / 1:46

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 recalls the unforgiving beach landings at Salerno. - WWII
Olin Plunkett, 4th Naval Beach Battalion / 1:24

Reed Williams and the 502nd move into Carentan on D+5 and have a number of close encounters with German tanks and fighter planes. - WWII
Reed Williams, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Pathfinders) / 3:03

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

Col. Harold Weekley (ret.) recalls his first combat mission over France and the inevitable encounter with German Luftwaffe fighter aircraft. - WWII
Col. Harold Weekley (ret.), 398th Bomb Group / 6:43

Col. Harold Weekley (ret.) recalls the story of a member of his crew who is cut down by friendly fire. - WWII
Col. Harold Weekley (ret.), 398th Bomb Group / 1:38

Hap Chandler talks about the so called "8th Air Force Highway" and how dangerous it could get. - WWII
Lt. Col. Hap Chandler (ret.), 8th Air Force, 491st Bomb Group / 1:09

Hap Chandler talks about losing fellow airmen while in the air and the feelings that come with it. - WWII
Lt. Col. Hap Chandler (ret.), 8th Air Force, 491st Bomb Group / 2:50

Lew Jenkins goes over the type of work he usually did supporting infantry movements in the French and German wilderness. - WWII
Lew Jenkins, 101st Field Artillery Regiment / 7:52

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

Fred enters Carentan on June 12, 1944. He transfers a machine gun to a new position during heavy fighting, and witnesses the horrible fate of another soldier. - WWII
Fred Bahlau, 101st Airborne Division, 506th PIR / 2:57

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

Tom Kennedy participates in the Battle of Bloody Gulch near Carentan on June 12, 1944. - WWII
Tom Kennedy, 101st Airborne Division, 506th PIR, G Co. / 3:49

Tom Kennedy discusses a tragic recon mission as his jeep hits a mine. - WWII
Tom Kennedy, 101st Airborne Division, 506th PIR, G Co. / 2:22

Bob Belcher witnesses a V-2 rocket land near his foxhole, creating a hole large enough to fit a house in. - WWII
Bob Belcher, 3rd Army, 99th Inf. Div., 395th Inf., 3rd Battalion, Co. L, 3rd Platoon / .58

Bob Belcher survives a close call when a flare suddenly goes off, revealing his position to a bunch of German soldiers. - WWII
Bob Belcher, 3rd Army, 99th Inf. Div., 395th Inf., 3rd Battalion, Co. L, 3rd Platoon / 3:02

Bob Belcher is fired upon by a German sniper in a church bell tower. As he attempts to escape, he falls in a vegetable cellar as bullets whiz by him. - WWII
Bob Belcher, 3rd Army, 99th Inf. Div., 395th Inf., 3rd Battalion, Co. L, 3rd Platoon / 3:26

Bob Belcher witnesses a fellow soldier shot multiple times and is with him as he says his last words and dies. - WWII
Bob Belcher, 3rd Army, 99th Inf. Div., 395th Inf., 3rd Battalion, Co. L, 3rd Platoon / 1:16

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

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

A German Messerschmitt airplane attacks Bill's B-17 head on, taking out two engines. When it loses one more engine on their return flight home, Bill and his crew are forced to make a big decision. - WWII
Bill Couch, Bombardier, 8th Air Force, 100th Bomber Group, 349th Bomb Squad / 9:20

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

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

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

Jim Sanders retells the story of a pilot friend of his, Wade Claxton, being shot down over Northern Africa, and his unlikely rescue during World War II. - WWII
Jim Sanders, 8th Service Regiment / 04:42

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 remembers constant threats from the air as his company made its way through Europe into Germany in 1944. - WWII
Howard Green, 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron - Mechanized / 03:13

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

Howard Green remembers a close call his light tank company had with a German Tiger tank while heading into Germany. - WWII
Howard Green, 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron - Mechanized / 02:19

Howard Green talks about a particular vulnerability that U.S. tanks had when crossing the hedgerows after the invasion of Normandy. - WWII
Howard Green, 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron - Mechanized / 01:00

Harold Vrono describes getting shelled by German artillery after making their way into Germany in the fall of 1944. - WWII
Harold Vrono, 26th Infantry Division / 2:40

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

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

A 20mm round from a German fighter lodges in Kirk's bomber wing, but is only discovered after the bomber lands in England. - WWII
Kirk Price, 8th Air Force, 303rd Bomb Group, 360th Bomb Squadron, B-17 Tail Gunner / 1:25

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 calls and directs artillery rounds toward a German 88 millimeter anti-aircraft battery. - WWII
Charles Wollmer, Captain, U.S. Army, 3rd Armored Div., 83rd Armored Recon Bn. / 2:16

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

While in Germany, Charles is hit by an artillery round in the knee, forcing his evacuation to a Army field hospital, only to be mistaken as a German soldier. - WWII
Charles Wollmer, Captain, U.S. Army, 3rd Armored Div., 83rd Armored Recon Bn. / 4:19

Alex Molnar, a B-24 bombardier, remembers a harrowing time his aircraft was hit by flak during a bombing mission in 1944. This footage was provided by the family of Alex Molnar. - WWII
Alex Molnar, U.S. Air Force / 1:47

Alex Molnar recalls the emotions he experienced as a B-24 bombardier over Europe during World War II. This footage was provided by the family of Alex Molnar. - WWII
Alex Molnar, U.S. Air Force / 1:26

From the saddle to the cockpit, Capt. Neary explains why he left the horse cavalry to become the leader of the Army's glider squadron and how a devastating accident nearly grounded the program. - WWII
Capt. John Neary, Glider Program, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 4:35

Hundreds of dead American soldiers and a surprise German attack are part of the chilling story Capt. John Neary tells after landing in France on D-Day. - WWII
Capt. John Neary, Glider Program, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 4:52

Incredible air maneuvers are what Capt. Neary recalls about a dogfight between American and German pilots. He describes who prevailed when the battle ended and what he did next on D-Day. - WWII
Capt. John Neary, Glider Program, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 2:54

George Thompson, a tank mechanic, recalls taking fire from German soldiers for the first time in April of 1945. Donated by the Prescott, AZ branch of the Veterans History Project. - WWII
George Thompson, 16th Armored Division / 02:20

George Thompson remembers a close call with German soldiers while his division liberated the city of Plzen, Czechoslovakia, in May of 1945. Donated by the Prescott, AZ branch of the Veterans History Project. - WWII
George Thompson, 16th Armored Division / 03:18

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

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 witnesses a large explosion that knocks over a two and a half ton truck full of soldiers. - WWII
Roger Sheridan, U.S. Army, 8th Armored Division, Corp. of Engineers / 1:48

Roger is pinned between two half-tracks, earning him a purple heart. - WWII
Roger Sheridan, U.S. Army, 8th Armored Division, Corp. of Engineers / 1:19

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 recalls his first combat experience and a valuable lesson learned while stationed in Boxted, England, in 1943. - WWII
Robert Walker, 9th Air Force / 02:34

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

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

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 ship crosses the Atlantic Ocean as part of a large convoy of ships. Bill sees several Liberty Ships hit and sunk by German subs. - WWII
Bill York, 3rd Class Petty Officer, LCT Flotilla 20, LCT Group 60, USS LSMR 526/527 / 2:40

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

Capt. John Neary recalls approaching a windmill with the idea of bunking there for the night, until German warplanes set their sites on it. What happened next changed his plans dramatically. - WWII
Capt. John Neary, Glider Program, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 1:26

Amidst hours of heavy bombing, Capt. Neary shares his dramatic story of survival. He describes how it felt to jump into foxholes and hide in the basement of a nearby church. - WWII
Capt. John Neary, Glider Program, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 1:50

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

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

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

During a trip across the Atlantic Ocean, Roland's convoy is attacked by German submarines. An Admiral makes a dreadful decision. - WWII
Roland "Knob" Knobel, Jr., Commander, U.S.Navy, U.S.S. Kearsarge & U.S.S. Megara / 3:21

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

William Butler, an aircraft mechanic, talks about how war-weary aircraft were transformed into very specialized weapons. - WWII
William Butler, 390th Bomb Group / 01:45

Joseph Butler talks about why his landing craft was unable to land at Omaha Beach on D-Day, and what he experienced when he finally made it ashore the following morning. - WWII
Joseph Butler, 111th Field Artillery, 29th Infantry Division / 07:02

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

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

As Pete's B-17 crosses the Atlantic Ocean over to England, it builds up heavy ice on its wings and prop blades, causing the flight to become even more intense as fuel begins to run out. - WWII
Pete M. Ebersole, 1st Lt., B-17 Pilot, Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group / 6:15

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

During Pete's second bomb run to Berlin, Germany, he witnesses a B-17 directly in front of him explode into pieces. - WWII
Pete M. Ebersole, 1st Lt., B-17 Pilot, Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group / 7:28

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

Pete, while flying over Germany, witnesses his first German M-262 jet. - WWII
Pete M. Ebersole, 1st Lt., B-17 Pilot, Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group / 4:41

While in formation on a return flight to England, Pete witnesses a fellow B-17 pilot mistakenly turn off two engines. - WWII
Pete M. Ebersole, 1st Lt., B-17 Pilot, Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group / 2:05

Pete's B-17 encounters heavy flak while flying over Germany. Over sixty holes are discovered in the plane upon its return to England. - WWII
Pete M. Ebersole, 1st Lt., B-17 Pilot, Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group / 5:24

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

Arnold Whittaker remembers a particularly traumatic sight after landing at Omaha Beach a few months after D-Day in 1944. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 01:42

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

After liberating Metz and being struck by a German counterattack, Arnold Whittaker recalls the massive numbers of replacement soldiers sent in to his company, and the dangers those inexperienced soldiers posed to their seasoned peers. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 04:15

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

Only a few days before the war with Germany was rumored to end, Arnold Whittaker recalls finding himself in the sights of a German Tiger tank. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 04:39

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

As a B-17 tail gunner stationed in England, Bernard Kofsky remembers his very first mission. - WWII
Bernard Kofsky, 8th Air Force / 06:13

Bernard Kofsky describes taking heavy flak and heavy losses during a bombing mission to Schweinfurt, Germany. - WWII
Bernard Kofsky, 8th Air Force / 03:02

Bernard Kofsky describes his first encounter with the Messerschmitt ME262, Germany's first jet fighter, during World War II. - WWII
Bernard Kofsky, 8th Air Force / 01:29

Bernard Kofsky talks about the role of the bombardier and the heroic actions of one fellow crewmember during a bombing mission over Hamburg, Germany. - WWII
Bernard Kofsky, 8th Air Force / 03:09

Bernard Kofsky, a B-17 tail gunner, recalls the chilling consequences of wearing a parachute improperly. - WWII
Bernard Kofsky, 8th Air Force / 01:11

Bernard Kofsky details the frigid conditions on bombing missions over Europe and the preventative measures they took to keep warm. - WWII
Bernard Kofsky, 8th Air Force / 01:31

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

Luke Huggins fears for his life when a shell lands in the middle of the chow line. - WWII
Luke Huggins, 351st Battalion, A Battery, Cannon Company / 1:32

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

Often tasked with handling German prisoners of war, Howell "Hal" Titshaw tells how his unit dealt with one particulary difficult SS trooper. - WWII
Howell Titshaw, 504th Military Police Battalion / 02:42

Howell "Hal" Titshaw describes the horrid conditions and sights we witnessed at a concentration camp at Dachau, Germany, in 1945. - WWII
Howell Titshaw, 504th Military Police Battalion / 04:38

Nade's B-24 is hit by flak and loses one engine. Things go from bad to worse. - WWII
Nade Habshey, Nose Gunner, Army Air Corps, 15th Air Force, 449th Bomb Group, 717th Squadron / 6:00

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

While in gunnery school, Nade experiences a portion of the door to his nose gunner turret flying off and lodging in the wing. - WWII
Nade Habshey, Nose Gunner, Army Air Corps, 15th Air Force, 449th Bomb Group, 717th Squadron / 2:33

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

James Benefield recounts the accidental destruction of an Army tank from friendly fire. - WWII
James Benefield, 207th Combat Engineers / 1:35

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

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

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

Robert L. Harris shares an example of how quickly tragedy could strike during artillery attacks. - WWII
Robert L. Harris, B Company, 310th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 78th Infantry Division / 01:23

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

As a B-17 pilot, Hugh Atkinson remembers the vital role that self-sealing tanks served after taking heavy damage over Berlin in 1944. - WWII
Hugh Atkinson, 728th Bombardment Squadron, 452nd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force / 02:25

Hugh Atkinson describes in detail the German fighter attack that forced him and his crew to bail out over German territory in 1944. - WWII
Hugh Atkinson, 728th Bombardment Squadron, 452nd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force / 10:40

After bailing out of his destroyed B-17 over Germany, Hugh Atkinson recalls being captured and interrogated by German troops. - WWII
Hugh Atkinson, 728th Bombardment Squadron, 452nd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force / 09:39

After being taken prisoner by German forces, Hugh Atkinson remembers his treatment and his travels until his liberation on April 14, 1945. This interview is audio-only. - WWII
Hugh Atkinson, 728th Bombardment Squadron, 452nd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force / 10:53

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

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

Kenneth discusses a tragic misson that lands him behind enemy lines. - WWII
Kenneth Powell, Pilot, 1st Lt., U.S. Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 401st Bomb Group / 12:36

Kenneth shares his experiences during his time as a prisoner of war. - WWII
Kenneth Powell, Pilot, 1st Lt., U.S. Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 401st Bomb Group / 15:07

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

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

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

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

Bill Watson's first attempt to use his mortar launcher in the Vosges Mountains gets sidelined by his fellow soldiers. - WWII
Bill Watson, 100th Infantry Division / 1:01

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

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

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

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

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

Morton Chalef describes how German artillery would fire random harassment rounds into towns and how he survived the "luck of the draw" one night. - WWII
Morton Chalef, 102nd Infantry Division / 03:21

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

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

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

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

Jim 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

Lew Dabney recalls his first couple of missions flying a P-47 over Europe in 1944. - WWII
Lewis "Lew" Dabney, 36th Fighter Group, 53rd Squadron, 9th Air Force / 02:15

Lew Dabney describes the dive-bombing mission over Germany in 1944 for which he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross. - WWII
Lewis "Lew" Dabney, 36th Fighter Group, 53rd Squadron, 9th Air Force / 02:56

Lew Dabney talks about some of the events surrounding the Battle of the Bulge, describes the weather conditions and tells the story of a friend of his whose aircraft became "tragically full of German lead" during one mission in the area. - WWII
Lewis "Lew" Dabney, 36th Fighter Group, 53rd Squadron, 9th Air Force / 04:19

Lew Dabney goes into detail about how he would approach bomb targets in his P-47 aircraft, attempting to avoid artillery fire. - WWII
Lewis "Lew" Dabney, 36th Fighter Group, 53rd Squadron, 9th Air Force / 03:08

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

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

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

During the Battle of the Bulge, Jim McCabe tells his story about taking cover from German artillery fire in an unfortunate location. - WWII
Jim McCabe, 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion, 3rd Army / 06:19

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

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

During the Battle of the Bulge, Angelo DeLuca remembers taking cover from what turned out to be friendly artillery fire. - WWII
Angelo DeLuca, 90th Division, 3rd Army / 01:39

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

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

Larry Gardner remembers his closest call while fighting back German troops near the end of World War II. - WWII
Larry Gardner, 44th Division, 71st Regiment, Company B / 01:40

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

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

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

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 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

Harold Latham talks in detail about landing at Utah Beach on D-Day. - WWII
Harold Latham, USS Bayfield, Coast Guard / 06:49

Harold Latham remembers how one Admiral chose to take his own life rather than lead his men into another "slaughter" after the Normandy invasion. - WWII
Harold Latham, USS Bayfield, Coast Guard / :49

While heading through France towards Paris, Robert Fischle remembers his first encounter with artillery. - WWII
Robert Fischle, 390th Anti-Aircraft Automatic Weapons Battalion / 03:41

Robert Fischle recalls his company taking German artillery fire near the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Robert Fischle, 390th Anti-Aircraft Automatic Weapons Battalion / 04:04

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

A member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, Herbert Carter describes how casualties in the air were distinctly different than casualties on land. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Herbert Carter, 99th Flying Pursuit Squadron / 02:11

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

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

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

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

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

After working his way through Northern France, John Overbeck recalls his first combat experience leading up to the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. - WWII
John Overbeck, 275th Armored Field Artillery Battalion / 02:23

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Punchy" Powell remembers his first combat mission flying a P-47 over Europe during World War II. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 04:01

"Punchy" Powell recalls one of his most memorable wartime experiences as one of his best friends and fellow pilots had to bail out over the North Sea after a dive-bombing mission. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 04:33

"Punchy" Powell explains his biggest fear as a fighter pilot during World War II. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 02:02

As a fighter pilot during World War II, "Punchy" Powell describes the process of shooting down enemy aircraft and getting credit for confirmed kills. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 01:56

"Punchy" Powell describes shooting down an enemy bomber, and shares a gruesome story involving a fellow pilot. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 05:06

"Punchy" Powell remembers his "closest call" during the war, when he had to crash-land his P-51 after a sudden engine failure. - WWII
Robert "Punchy" Powell, 352nd Fighter Group / 03:24

Joseph Whalen describes the dangerous countermeasures that his bomber crew faced while making bombing runs over Europe. Provided by Bob Stevens, the Veterans' Forum. - WWII
Joseph Whalen, 57th Bomber Wing, 340th Bomber Group, 487th Squadron / 04:51

As a crewmember on a landing craft tank (LCT), Gerald Spinks recalls what is was like delivering troops and supplies to Normandy Beach on D-Day. - WWII
Gerald Spinks, LCT Flotilla 1 / 08:19

Jim Kiney describes how his division discovered the first death camp in Germany. - WWII
Jim Kiney, 65th Infantry Division, Third Army / 03:16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 explains his role handling combat film during the Normandy invasion in 1944. Interview Conducted by David Watts, Jr. - WWII
Vaughan Pitman, Air Services Group, 36th Fighter Group / 05:43

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

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

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

Jim Petrakos remembers his training and airborne actions leading up to and including the D-Day invasion of Normandy. - WWII
Jim Petrakos, 79th Squadron, 436th Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force / 11:09

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

At the end of World War II, Jim Petrakos recalls transporting concentration camp prisoners back to freedom. - WWII
Jim Petrakos, 79th Squadron, 436th Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force / 02:05

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

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

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

John Yates 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

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

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

Dennis Daniel remembers losing two engines on his second flight mission over Germany. - WWII
Dennis Daniel, 781st Bomb Squadron, 465th Heavy Bomb Group, 15th Air Force / 02:03

Dennis Daniel describes what it was like to fly through heavy flak on bombing missions over Europe. - WWII
Dennis Daniel, 781st Bomb Squadron, 465th Heavy Bomb Group, 15th Air Force / 02:42

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

From the vantage point of a windmill, Roy Dawn recalls observing an artillery battle against German forces during World War II. - WWII
Roy Dawn, 919th Field Artillery Battalion Survey Section, HQ Battalion, 94th Infantry Division / 02:34

Roy Dawn remembers how some soldiers would relieve the intense pressure from exploding artillery fire. - WWII
Roy Dawn, 919th Field Artillery Battalion Survey Section, HQ Battalion, 94th Infantry Division / 01:42

After training in England, Harville Shepard recalls preparing for the Normandy invasion on D-Day. - WWII
Harville Shepard, 174th Field Artillery Battalion / 02:34

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

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

NEW - 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

After being captured by German soldiers, James Arsenault recalls being interrogated by SS officers and being transported into the heart of German territory as a prisoner of war. - WWII
James Arsenault, Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / 05:15

James Arsenault recalls the pact he and his fellow prisoners made not to risk each others' lives by attempting to flee their Nazi captors. - WWII
James Arsenault, Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / 02:24

With Russian troops encroaching on their territory, James Arsenault recalls how his German captors forced him and his fellow prisoners on a 500 mile march over 40 days. - WWII
James Arsenault, Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / 07:07

After being captured by German forces and put to work on a farm, James Arsenault recalls a few of the humorous tricks his fellow prisoners would play on their captors. - WWII
James Arsenault, Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / 02:24

James Arsenault recalls the trust that formed between him and his fellow prisoners of war and their civilian farm masters. - WWII
James Arsenault, Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / 01:45

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

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

Dutch Van Kirk recalls his first experience as a B-17 navigator during World War II. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 340th Squadron, 97th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 01:34

On his sixth mission over Europe, Dutch Van Kirk remembers his B-17 being jumped by a group of German fighters. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 340th Squadron, 97th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 02:59

Dutch Van Kirk describes the inherent complications in having 100 bombers in the air at the same time over Europe. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 340th Squadron, 97th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 01:20

Dutch Van Kirk, a B-17 navigator, lists the typical targets that his squadron bombed in Europe. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 340th Squadron, 97th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 01:22

While stationed in England, Dutch Van Kirk gives a walk-through of a typical B-17 bombing mission and talks about how tricky flying in formations could be. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 340th Squadron, 97th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 04:18

Dutch Van Kirk talks about special missions delivering VIPs into North Africa before the invasion in 1942. - WWII
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 340th Squadron, 97th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 02:30

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

While on a bombing mission over Germany, Jesse Brown describes witnessing a mid-air collision between two other bombers. Provided by Jay Newman. - WWII
Jesse R. Brown, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 01:30

While on a mission to Dresden on March 2, 1945, Jesse Brown remembers his B-17 bomber being attacked and shot down by German fighters. Provided by Jay Newman. - WWII
Jesse R. Brown, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 03:24

After his B-17 bomber was shot down over the German countryside, Jesse Brown talks about being taken prisoner and threatened by local Germans before being handed over to higher authorities for interrogation. Provided by Jay Newman. - WWII
Jesse R. Brown, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 05:08

After being taken prisoner, Jesse Brown recalls being interrogated by German authorities who surprised him by how much personal information they already knew about him. Provided by Jay Newman. - WWII
Jesse R. Brown, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 03:45

After being held in a German concentration camp, Jesse Brown describes the series of events that occurred as the prisoners were told to march away from combat on the front lines. Provided by Jay Newman. - WWII
Jesse R. Brown, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 03:43

After marching as prisoners of war from Nuremberg to Moosburg, Germany, Jesse Brown remembers being liberated by Patton's troops. Provided by Jay Newman. - WWII
Jesse R. Brown, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 02:49

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

Arthur Hicks, a Tuskegee Airman, describes the racial make-up of the trainers and trainees at Tuskegee. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Arthur Hicks, Tuskegee Airman, U.S. Army Air Corps / 2:41

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

George Vasil recalls the hardships he and 5000 fellow prisoners faced while being marched to Stalag 7A, more hardships faced at the camp, and the atrocities performed on Jewish citizens in the area. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
George Vasil, U.S. Army / 11:04

After being held at Stalag 7A along with 80,000 other prisoners, George Vasil remember being liberated by Patton's army on April 29, 1945, and how Patton dealt with the number of foreign prisoners. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
George Vasil, U.S. Army / 9:23

While being held as a prisoner of war in Germany, George Vasil recalls how local farmers acquired fertilizer for their crops, and talks about the food he and his fellow prisoners ate. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
George Vasil, U.S. Army / 4:00

While being held prisoner at Stalag 7A, George Vasil recalls hiding and transporting dirt from escape tunnels in their pants, and putting on plays for the camp. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
George Vasil, U.S. Army / 5:15

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

Eberhard van der Vlugt describes his poor training in the German Army, how advanced the Allied forces were, and what life was like as a prisoner in U.S. and French camps. Provided by Sal Strom. This interview is audio only. - WWII
Eberhard van der Vlugt, Hitler Youth/German Army / 9:05

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 aviation cadet, Warren Scott ended up in radio school. Here he decribes his life during training for the D-Day Invasion, an unfortunate airplane accident, and his assignment to collect the bodies of many men he knew. - WWII
Warren Scott, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 4:29

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

During a bombing mission over Germany in late 1944, Dave Andrews recalls seeing a fellow airman being blown out of a plane from an artillery explosion, only to discover him alive thirty years later. - WWII
Dave Andrews, 671st Bomb Squadron, 416th Bomb Group, 9th Bomber Command, 9th Air Force / 1:58

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

Fear! That's what Marvin Bone remembers about jumping into enemy territory. He describes the smell of gunpowder, the sight of hundreds of jumping paratroopers, and how his tough training prepared him for war. - WWII
Marvin Bone, 101st Airborne Division / 5:06

In this stirring reflection, Marvin Bone recalls the unthinkable images of WWII, talks about how he sustained a crippling injury, and his long battle with blood poisoning. - WWII
Marvin Bone, 101st Airborne Division / 3:54

In this account, Marvin Bone describes fighting "in pockets," and credits General Patton for winning the war. He remembers Germany as a battered country and learning the hard lessons of war. - WWII
Marvin Bone, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division / 2:16

Clifford Dunaway talks about his duties on a torpedo boat squadron during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., Torpedo Boat Squadron 2 / 1:54

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

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

Fear was the great motivator that kept Elmer Wisherd focused on his airborne missions. On D-Day he recalls the dramatic sights and sounds of war and the incredible vision of U.S. planes approaching Normandy. - WWII
Elmer "Wish" Wisherd, Tech Sgt., 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 3:50

In this chilling account Elmer Wisherd describes flying into German territory before encountering heavy gunfire in Holland. After a bullet pierced his plane, he recalls what happened next. - WWII
Elmer "Wish" Wisherd, Tech Sgt., 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 1:35

Gene Browning, a B-17 ball turret gunner, relates how he changed from an aircraft mechanic to a B-17 gunner during his training. - WWII
Gene Browning, 401st Bomb Group, 615th Squadron, US 8th Air Force / 3:53

Gene Browning, a B-17 ball turret gunner, reminisces about the routine at his unit's home air base in rural England. - WWII
Gene Browning, 401st Bomb Group, 615th Squadron, US 8th Air Force / 3:00

Gene Browning,describes one of his crew's toughest missions, a bombing run over Dessau, Germany, which nearly took the life of Jay Robideaux, the replacement tail gunner. - WWII
Gene Browning, 401st Bomb Group, 615th Squadron, US 8th Air Force / 3:28

Gene Browning, a B-17 ball turret gunner, recalls a bombing mission to Munich, during which his plane suffered severe damage and barely made it back to England. - WWII
Gene Browning, 401st Bomb Group, 615th Squadron, US 8th Air Force / 2:28

Gene Browning, a B-17 ball turret gunner, tells the story of his crew's part in the Normandy invasion on D-Day. - WWII
Gene Browning, 401st Bomb Group, 615th Squadron, US 8th Air Force / 3:49

Gene Browning, a B-17 ball turret gunner, goes over details of the technology aboard the B-17 and the logistics of long bombing missions. - WWII
Gene Browning, 401st Bomb Group, 615th Squadron, US 8th Air Force / 6:50

Gene Browning, a B-17 ball turret gunner, describes his experiences upon returning home to the States - WWII
Gene Browning, 401st Bomb Group, 615th Squadron, US 8th Air Force / 2:55

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

Tank commander Jack Van Keuren describes the chaos of D-Day and the experiences of his crew as they moved inland through the Normandy villages and into Holland and Germany. - WWII
Jack Van Keuren, 36th Tank Battalion / 14:23

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

Tank commander Jack Van Keuren relates the tale of a fierce battle at the town of Rheinberg, Germany which pitted Allied tanks and infantry against dug-in German artillery. - WWII
Jack Van Keuren, 36th Tank Battalion / 13:16

Mary D'Amico reflects on the difficult and dangerous conditions for a 10 year-old Cassino, Italy citizen under the rule of Mussolini during WWII. Her family lived in town, but took shelter after the bombing in her family farmhouse. - WWII
Mary D'Amico, Italian Civilian / :26

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

As soon as he saw his first aircraft as a child, Bill Halfhill wanted to fly. Though his best friend was killed in a training accident, he went on to pilot B-24 bombers out of England and flew twice the required missions. - WWII
Bill Halfhill, 715th Squadron, 448th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 5:55

While flying training missions out of New Orleans, Army Air Corps pilot Bill Halfhill aborted a flight and reported mechanical problems with his plane. The same plane was then assigned to a fellow pilot with tragic results. - WWII
Bill Halfhill, 715th Squadron, 448th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 2:39

Returning home from a bombing run over Germany, Bill Halfhill saw the pilot of the plane next to him in formation ejected in mid air when his plane was hit by enemy fire. That memory, and other striking memories from his many bombing runs, are recalled. - WWII
Bill Halfhill, 715th Squadron, 448th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 5:18

B-24 pilot Bill Halfhill says his most memorable mission was the one when he was shot down. He and his crew had to convince the British troops who found them that they were friendlies. - WWII
Bill Halfhill, 715th Squadron, 448th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force / 3:07

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

Assigned to a recon company, Charles Smith came ashore at Omaha Beach shortly after D-Day and pushed inland. His first major encounter was the Battle of St. Lo. "Sometimes it seems like it was all a bad dream." - WWII
Charles Smith, Reconnaissance Company, 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division / 5:41

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

Bill Davis was a pharmacist's mate in the Navy aboard LST-494 during D-Day. He recalls the horror of the day and what their duties of transporting and treating wounded soldiers was like during this historic invasion. - WWII
William H. Davis, LST-494 / 2:57

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

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

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

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

Jim Vidal explains why and how he chose to enlist in the artillery instead of infantry per a Colonel's advice. However after entering training camp, he learned that certain roles within artillery could actually be more dangerous. - WWII
Jim Vidal, 103rd Infantry Division / 2:09

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

During firing missions, Jim Vidal was often chosen to be on the front lines. He explains why the Major chose him specifically. He also describes how mortars and Howitzers were used and the usual dangers. - WWII
Jim Vidal, 103rd Infantry Division / 4:01

During heavy battle in Germany, his Lieutenant was killed, so Jim Vidal was temporarily put in charge by the Captain, however one timid soldier in his platoon made him realize he was not prepared for this appointment. - WWII
Jim Vidal, 103rd Infantry Division / 1:44

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

Jim Vidal shares a story about a humorous comment he told his men to help break the tension during a break in battle. This occurred soon after suffering a head injury from shrapnel, which led to his receiving a Purple Heart. - WWII
Jim Vidal, 103rd Infantry Division / 2:05

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

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

Hanks Jones, a communications technician, talks about how his unit would sleep in abandoned houses to protect themselves from artillery fire and shrapnel in France during World War II. - WWII
Hanks Jones, HQ Company 399, 100th Infantry Division / 2:06

Hanks Jones discusses how many German soldiers became disillusioned with the war and began to readily surrender towards the end of World War II. - WWII
Hanks Jones, HQ Company 399, 100th Infantry Division / 1:09

Soon before D-Day, Curtis Mackey and members of his platoon were asked to participate in a parade to celebrate the arrival of American forces. He recalls several important figures in attendance. - WWII
Curtis Mackey, 119th Regiment, 30th Infantry / :34

NEW - 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

Curtis Mackey describes his first encounter against a German missile known as a Nebelwerfer, more commonly known by its nickname Screaming Mimi. - WWII
Curtis Mackey, 119th Regiment, 30th Infantry / :57

Squad Leader Curtis Mackey recalls a couple of close encounters and close calls during his time in France. One lucky decision ended up being a lifesaver. - WWII
Curtis Mackey, 119th Regiment, 30th Infantry / 3:41

Curtis Mackey remembers a close encounter in Northern France. He passed a truck filled with bodies and then came across a completely silent and empty area, however it was at that moment a sniper fired. - WWII
Curtis Mackey, 119th Regiment, 30th Infantry / 3:04

Curtis Mackey recalls an incident where he encountered heavy air burst artillery in an open field on his way to the rear for church services. Luckily, there was a foxhole nearby. - WWII
Curtis Mackey, 119th Regiment, 30th Infantry / 2:40

NEW - 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

NEW - 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

NEW - 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

NEW - Florence Fattig remembers her mobile field hospital being shelled by German artillery in Luxembourg, and later being awarded a Bronze Star from General Patton for her actions that night. - WWII
Florence Fattig, 104th Evacuation Hospital, Third Army / 3:15

Carl Beck has a close call in the hedgerows of Normandy after his D-Day drop - WWII
Carl Beck, 101st Airborne Division / 1:30

Carl Beck has his first encounter with prisoners in Northern Europe - WWII
Carl Beck, 101st Airborne Division / :23

Roy Turner gives his impression of artillery fire - WWII
Roy Turner, 82nd Airborne / :30

J.C. Fitzpatrick flies from England, over Germany, to airbases in Russia, fights with the German Air Force, then has to make the long trek back to England. - WWII
J.C. Fitzpatrick, 8th Air Force / 11:09

Ed Marriott remembers his experience landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day - WWII
Ed Marriott, 6th Naval Beach Battalion / 1:00

Raymond Smith tells of the fate of a German prisoner in Italy - WWII
Raymond Smith, 10th Armored / 1:00

Red Onines gives his impressions of artillery fire in Normandy (audio is misaligned with video) - WWII
Red Onines, 6th Beach Battalion / 1:00

Marion Holmes remembers the desperate actions of a starving village in France - WWII
Marion Holmes, 95th Infantry / 1:00

Marion Holmes tells of his experience with artillery fire in Europe - WWII
Marion Holmes, 95th Infantry / :30

Radio Operator Burt Vardeman recounts his experience of coming under flak fire in his B-24 Liberator. - WWII
Burt Vardeman, 484th Bomber Group (Heavy) / 1:08

Pilot Denis Payne recalls what it was like to fly on bombing runs and the effect of fear on pilots - WWII
Denis Payne, Royal Air Force / 1:15

Bill Callahan remembers landing with two engines out in Northern Europe - WWII
Bill Callahan, 459th Bomb Group / 3:37

John Jacobs remembers finding 25 German prisoners while taking a German town - WWII
John Jacobs, 30th Infantry Division / 1:08

John Jacobs describes his role as a forward artillery observer and how he received two Silver Stars. - WWII
John Jacobs, 30th Infantry Division / 3:40

Andy Carpenter, a loader on a tank, recalls action during the Battle of the Bulge, including the destruction of a German tank. - WWII
Andy Carpenter, 774th Tank Battalion / 4:38

Andy Carpenter tells the story of running over a mine his first day out on a tank in Germany. - WWII
Andy Carpenter, 774th Tank Battalion / 1:54

John Cunningham talks about flying, and crash landing, with Jimmy Stewart. - WWII
John Cunningham, 15th Air Force / 3:41

Dave Williams takes on an entire German squad and ends up with a Silver Star. - WWII
Dave Williams, 78th Infantry / 4:42

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

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 watches the horrors of a bombing run over the Ploesti oil field. - WWII
Don Ogden, 15th Air Force, 304th Bomb Wing, 456th Bomb Group, 745th Squadron / 2:16

Don Ogden's bomber takes flak during a run over Hungary and the plane goes down. The aftermath has stayed with Don his whole life. - WWII
Don Ogden, 15th Air Force, 304th Bomb Wing, 456th Bomb Group, 745th Squadron / 9:54

Don Ogden is tried by the German military after being captured. - WWII
Don Ogden, 15th Air Force, 304th Bomb Wing, 456th Bomb Group, 745th Squadron / 1:51

Don Ogden remembers his time housed in a prison as a POW. - WWII
Don Ogden, 15th Air Force, 304th Bomb Wing, 456th Bomb Group, 745th Squadron / 5:26

Don Ogden lives through horrid conditions and terrible treatment during the little known Death March through Germany. - WWII
Don Ogden, 15th Air Force, 304th Bomb Wing, 456th Bomb Group, 745th Squadron / 1:41

As a POW, bomber crewman Don Ogden watches as the Hitler Youth act without consequences, leaving death in their wake. - WWII
Don Ogden, 15th Air Force, 304th Bomb Wing, 456th Bomb Group, 745th Squadron / 2:49

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

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 remembers three different bombing runs over Anzio and Normandy beaches as well as the Italian city of Casino. - WWII
Don Ogden, 15th Air Force, 304th Bomb Wing, 456th Bomb Group, 745th Squadron / 1:28

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

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

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

John Vlass professes his admiration for the destructive capabilities of the German 88. - WWII
John Vlass, 526th Ordinance Company / 1:04

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

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

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

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

After landing at Omaha Beach and moving through France in 1944, Army medic Nicholas Pizzolato remembers disobeying an officer's order and risking his own life to rescue two soldiers wounded by sniper fire. - WWII
Nicholas Pizzolato, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division / 05:25

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

Having been trained as a Nazi Youth leader during World War II, Maria Hirschmann describes the first step in her journey of survival after being taken prisoner by anti-Nazi forces following the war's end. Part 1 of 4. - WWII
Maria Hirschmann: Her Post-War Odyssey, Part 1, Nazi Youth / 05:21

After escaping from a communist labor camp after World War II, Maria Hirschmann continues her tale of survival as she gets pinned down by Russian machine guns trying to escape Russian territory. Part 2 of 4. - WWII
Maria Hirschmann: Her Post-War Odyssey, Part 2, Nazi Youth / 09:57

Continuing her tale of survival, Maria Hirschmann describes escaping Russian territory only to find herself surrounded by another enemy. Part 3 of 4. - WWII
Maria Hirschmann: Her Post-War Odyssey, Part 3, Nazi Youth / 08:13

Maria Hirschmann describes how her Nazi education and expectations were torn to pieces as she finally concluded her voyage from captivity to freedom in 1945. Part 4 of 4. - WWII
Maria Hirschmann: Her Post-War Odyssey, Part 4, Nazi Youth / 07:52

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

Arnold Whittaker describes the deadly winter conditions that G.I.s faced during the Battle of the Bulge and the toll those conditions took on their bodies. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 05:59

Arnold Whittaker remembers the best Christmas present he ever received during the Battle of the Bulge. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 04:07

Arnold Whittaker discusses how G.I.s each suffered from one of three "orientations" - food, drink or women - and how that played a role when his unit took over a chateau from German troops in 1945. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 09:12

Arnold Whittaker talks about a time he single-handedly captured over a dozen German soldiers, an action for which he received a Silver Star. - WWII
Arnold Whittaker, 5th Infantry Division, 3rd Army / 05:24

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

James Benefield and the 207th Combat Engineers install and defend a temporary bridge over the Rhine river. - WWII
James Benefield, 207th Combat Engineers / 5:53

Bill Watson recalls how poor leadership led to the death of most of his unit and his own capture by the German Army. - WWII
Bill Watson, 100th Infantry Division / 1:42

Harold remembers spending the last few moments with a fellow soldier who was fatally wounded after the Normandy invasion. - WWII
Harold Latham, USS Bayfield, Coast Guard / 02:42

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

Benjamin Epstein shares the story of the "Four Chaplains," who selflessly sacrificed their lives during the sinking of the USAT Dorchester in the North Atlantic. - WWII
Benjamin Epstein, U.S. Army Air Corps / 02:41

Rejected by the Marines because of poor eyesight, SSgt. Phillips didn't let it stop him from serving in World War II. He describes how he ended up with the paratroopers on missions to fight the Germans. - WWII
SSgt. John Phillips, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier / 3:15

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

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

Dennis Daniel describes in detail his fifth bombing mission over Europe, during which his B-24 received heavy flak damage and threats from German fighters. - WWII
Dennis Daniel, 781st Bomb Squadron, 465th Heavy Bomb Group, 15th Air Force / 09:42

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

Harville Shepard recalls chasing retreating German troops into the city of Brest, France, and the resulting artillery battles which took place there. - WWII
Harville Shepard, 174th Field Artillery Battalion / 10:00

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

While serving as a prisoner of war at Stalag 2B, James Arsenault remembers himself and his fellow prisoners devising a bold insult to their Nazi captors. - WWII
James Arsenault, Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division / 02:14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terence Laing describes the design of a landing craft tank (LCT), and the role that LCT flotillas played on D-Day. Provided by John Hartrampf. - WWII
Terence Arthur Gordon Laing, LCT 5, Landing Craft Flotilla 11 / 1:37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As an aeronautics student in college, Jim Corgill knew what he was meant to do when enlisting after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Here he describes his journey on the way to becoming a flight commander. - WWII
Jim Corgill, Flight Commander, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 2:45

Jim Corgill describes why his mission over Normandy was delayed, how he eventually dropped paratroopers into battle, and what the skies looked like as flak was fired at his airplane. - WWII
Jim Corgill, Flight Commander, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 6:26

In this chilling account, Jim explains what caused one plane's fatal mishap as it approached an improvised landing strip. - WWII
Jim Corgill, Flight Commander, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 1:20

During the invasion of Holland, Jim remembers the unusual reaction of his co-pilot, landing after being hit by gunfire, and miraculously avoiding a deadly explosion. - WWII
Jim Corgill, Flight Commander, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 3:13

Ice and a winter freeze impeded Jim Corgill's mission during the Battle of the Bulge. Here he laments how one plane crashed after inventive attempts at "de-icing" didn't work. - WWII
Jim Corgill, Flight Commander, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 2:24

On a flight to bring fuel to General Patton, Jim Corgill recalls blowing an engine and the panic he felt with all that fuel aboard. After landing safely, Jim humorously explains an unusual encounter with Russian soldiers. - WWII
Jim Corgill, Flight Commander, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 3:37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elmer "Wish" Wisherd vividly describes his last big mission, pulling two gliders with a C-47 over the Rhine. He recounts all the action he witnessed and what happened to some of the other American planes. - WWII
Elmer "Wish" Wisherd, Tech Sgt., 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 3:33

On his flight into Normandy before D-Day, Elmer Wisherd recalls the silence and darkness aboard the plane, what happened when the pilot faced thick clouds and seeing gunfire aimed at the jumping paratroopers. - WWII
Elmer "Wish" Wisherd, Tech Sgt., 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 5:44

Dave Andrews talks about his squadron's mission to bomb a German train on D-Day, and the heavy damage they took. - WWII
Dave Andrews, 671st Bomb Squadron, 416th Bomb Group, 9th Bomber Command, 9th Air Force / 4:59

Dave Andrews, an A-20 bomber pilot, recalls his closest call taking flak damage during a bombing mission over France in August of 1944. - WWII
Dave Andrews, 671st Bomb Squadron, 416th Bomb Group, 9th Bomber Command, 9th Air Force / 2:09

Gerald "Bud" Berry enlisted as an aviation cadet in 1942, and vividly describes what it was like flying among hundreds of planes on D-Day. He elaborates on what happened when a dangerous cloud bank threatened the mission. - WWII
Gerald "Bud" Berry, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 5:41

Anti-aircraft bullets flew as American pilots bravely carried paratroopers on their D-Day mission. Gerald "Bud" Berry reflects back on the fiery fate of planes flying right next to him. - WWII
Gerald "Bud" Berry, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 2:37

While on liberty in London during World War II, Clifford Dunaway describes an air raid of German V-1 flying bombs. - WWII
Clifford Dunaway, Sr., Torpedo Boat Squadron 2 / 1:41

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

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

Elmer "Wish" Wisherd describes how he became a crew chief aboard airplanes hauling paratroopers during training at Fort Benning. He vividly recalls one chilling, but deadly incident. - WWII
Elmer "Wish" Wisherd, Tech Sgt., 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 4:20

Just before the invasion of Normandy, Elmer Wisherd who was not a pilot, ended up piloting a plane after a glider drop in Southern France. Here he explains why that happened. - WWII
Elmer "Wish" Wisherd, Tech Sgt., 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 1:45

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

NEW - 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

Right out of high school Marvin Bone enlisted into the Army. He vividly recalls surviving the rigorous paratrooper training, and how it helped him grow as a strong young man. - WWII
Marvin Bone, 101st Airborne Division / 4:54

Elmer Wisherd humorously recalls what happened when a Quartermaster was assigned to help him on a mission into Southern France, although that mission proved to be quite dangerous. - WWII
Elmer "Wish" Wisherd, Tech Sgt., 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group / 1:05

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