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  • From Jungle to Jazz

    WWII

    Leo Goldner  |  Personal Accounts

    Mr. Goldner becomes the assistant to the Lieutenant in charge of entertainment for the troops, and has many interesting experiences with the entertainers including an attack during a performance.

  • For Me, Once A Jew, Always A Jew

    WWII

    Leo Goldner  |  Personal Accounts

    Leo Goldner organizes a Seder in the Philippines for Passover after acquiring materials, food, and help from various sources.

  • Early Experiences In The Philippines

    WWII

    Leo Goldner  |  Personal Accounts

    Mr. Goldner relates his culture shock upon arriving in New Guinea and then the Philippines, and a time when he lived with a Chinese family to avoid the awful living quarters in a bombed out building.

  • Call Me ''Doc''

    WWII

    Leo Goldner  |  Personal Accounts

    Mr. Goldner describes a trip when he was supposed to return home, but instead, his ship was re-routed to the Aleutian Islands to help another ship. The exposure to cold weather caused many of the men to get sick, but Goldner nursed them back to health.

  • Benning School For Boys

    WWII

    Leo Goldner  |  Personal Accounts

    Leo Goldner's experiences in Ft. Benning dealing with a tough tactical officer and teaching judo to a Colonel.

  • Joining The Army / My Path To War

    WWII

    Edward Hessing  |  Full Memoirs

    Excerpts from Edward Hessing's memoir that describe his joining the Army, and his time in Europe when he found it difficult to deal with death.

  • General Saito's Letter

    WWII

    Eli Silverman  |  Personal Accounts

    A letter to Japanese soldiers written by Lieutenant General Yoshitsugu Saito during the American invasion of Saipan in WWII. This was found on the body of a dead enemy. (Letter translated)

  • WWII Diary

    WWII

    W. Harold Plunkett  |  Diaries & Combat Logs

    Harold Plunkett's WWII diary chronicles his wartime experience from April 1, 1943 to October 1, 1943, at which time he was 21 years old.

  • World War II and Korean War Navy Log

    WWII

    John Skrzypiec  |  Diaries & Combat Logs

    John M. Skrzypiec's Navy Log dated from 12/29/41 to 5/28/52

  • "An Infantryman's True Story in Normandy" et al.

    WWII

    Rocco N. Gedaro  |  Personal Accounts

    Rocco Gedaro recalls war experiences that he still thinks about over 50 years later.

  • "My Ten Foot Circle of Space"

    WWII

    Fred K. Fox  |  Personal Accounts

    Fred K. Fox describes his first combat experience on the Island of Peleliu with the 1st Marine Division, 1st Regiment, 3rd Battalion, K Company. At the time, he was a Private First Class.

  • "Five Jap Cities Aflame After Big B-29 Strike"

    WWII

    Phil Sligar  |  Personal Accounts

    Newspaper article about the B-29 assault on five Japanese cities. This B-29 crew included Phil Sligar.

  • "Our Visit to Poland"

    WWII

    Clyde Bramlett  |  Personal Accounts

    Story about Clyde Bramlett's visit to Poland for the commemoration of allied veteran airmen who dropped supplies into Poland during WWII (B-17 bomber pilot, 8th USAAF).

  • "Peleliu"

    WWII

    Donated By: Cal Stephenson  |  Personal Accounts

    Lt. Robert W. Fisher's (USMCR) personal account of the taking of Peleliu Island.

  • "Surrender at Baguio"

    WWII

    Robert Gerwig  |  Personal Accounts

    Robert Gerwig's firsthand account of the Japanese surrender at Baguio (CWO, Reporter & Historian).

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