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James was born in North Texas in Aberdene. The town is no longer there. He lived there until he was 10 years old. His...
Vejtasa and the interviewer are getting acquainted and set out how the interview will be conducted. The interviewer...
Crain was born in northern Louisiana. He grew up on a farm. During the depression everyone in his family had to work in...
Curt Simmons was a member of the US Navy Armed Guard. He was born on a farm outside of Walters, Oklahoma and was a farm...
Hopkins grew up on a small farm in Georgia. It was a tenant farm. Hopkins father was farming a piece of property that...
Stratton is from Red Cloud, Nebraska. His family was farmers early on in their lives. His father ended up owning a...
Feightner was in VF-3 [Annotator's Note: Fighter Squadron 3] with Butch O'Hare [Annotator's Note: Edward Henry “Butch”...
Baptiste was born in Saint James Parish, Louisiana on 4 November 1916. He is in town [Annotator's Note: New Orleans]...
Starnes grew up in Decatur, Georgia. His father was a travelling salesman. By the time he started school he was living...
Wiley grew up during the Great Depression and he joined the Navy in 1940 just shortly after he graduated from high...
Earnest was born in Richmond, Virginia. He was born on April 1st, 1917. HIs father was in the Light Infantry Blue,...
Childers was born in Sherman, California. When he was young, his parents move the family to the Oklahoma.When he was...
Fagot was born in Nicaragua. Her father was an American citizen from New Orleans and she was registered an American...
[Annotators Note: Norman Kleiss starts the interview by reading a narrative about the causes that led up to the Pearl...
Alexander Vraciu knew that the next time they saw air action it would be part of a landing somewhere. When his group...
1 morning the prisoners were called out. They were usually called out every morning so the Japanese could do a head...
When the war started everyone started working with what they had. Merrill's group patrolled up and down the Hawaiian...
They decided to take the treasury from the organization and put it towards charity. They were also going to set up a...
After the battle they headed to the Aleutians. At this time they had a full air group after adopting guys from Bombing...
It turned out that a small piece of shrapnel had severed Burgess's spinal chord. Burgess was 18 years old. Karr had...
The Laffey escorted a ship named the Dashing Wave [Annotator's Note: SS Dashing Wave] all the way back to the States [...
By 1944 Harold Ward had added some stripes to his arm. Ward was transferred to an AK ship, a big liberty ship [...
Alex Vraciu knew that the next time they saw air action it would be part of a landing somewhere. When his group was...
James understands that movies are made so people think they are interesting. He understands that Hollywood adds its own...
Years later Vejtasa asked Japanese veterans if they had thought about strafing the deck and they said no. Vejtasa would...
Crain believes that it is important to have museums such as The World War II Museum [Annotator's Note: The National...
When Feightner pulled up at the end of the runway he was hit again. His F6F [Annotator's Note: Grumman F6F "Hellcat"...
Baptiste feels that a lot of talent was lost by the navy segregating them. He used to talk to his officers about it.He...
The torpedo planes flew into Espiritu Santo. They stayed on Espiritu Santo for about a week. They sent 6 TBF's [...
Childers was placed in a basket and hoisted onto the deck of the destroyer that had picked him and his crew up. He was...
[Annotators Note: Norman J. Kleiss, known as Dusty, was a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) flying from...
The next morning Alexander Vraciu and the other guerillas headed north up the national highway. They took a bugler and...
In the hospital they were treated very nice and given so much food that they couldn't eat it all. There was also...
When asked about a general message about his service and war, Tarrant references Civil War General Sherman's quote, "...
[Annotators Note: Donald Hoff served in the navy as a rear seat gunner and radio operator on SBD Dauntless dive bombers...
Karr believed that Admiral Becton [Annotator's Note: F. Julian Becton was the Commander of the Laffey] was a very, very...

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