Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)

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Walter Barnes was born in New Orleans and grew up on Webster Street in the Uptown neighborhood. Life was good for him....
Charles Coolidge passed through Rome and went as far as Roccastrada where the Germans turned and surrounded the...
For Gerard Halpern the trip from the United States to Italy was unremarkable except that they ran out of food near the...
After coming back to the United States Raymond Wells took a train to meet his wife in Aberdeen, North Dakota. On the...
Harley Reynolds turned left after getting to the top of the bluff. A man passed Reynolds and tripped a mine which...
Charles Coolidge discusses his reunion with his family. When he got to Camp Atterbury he went to the Top Sergeant and...
Harley Reynolds notes that when the sun went down that night fighters would sweep over German positions dropping flares...
After the 82nd Airborne Division finished combat operations in Normandy, Clinton Riddle and the men of the 325th Glider...
During the invasion of Normandy, Clinton Riddle and most of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment landed in British Horsa...
In January or February 1942 President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which allowed for the internment of...
Gerard Halpern and his fellow soldiers of the 45th Infantry Division spent the six weeks after the fall of Rome doing...
The next morning Frank Mancuso is awoken by a lieutenant. He quickly learned that his unit had moved out of the city....
Tokuji Yoshihashi and his fellow replacements arrived there shortly after the 442nd Regimental Combat Team suffered...
Gerard Halpern graduated from high school in May or June of 1943. He applied to City College and started classes there...
Much of what William Blanckenburg is talking about is in his book [Annotators Note: Blankenburg authored a book titled...
Harley Reynolds’s 2nd battalion was in Faid Pass when the Germans made an attack to penetrate their lines and take some...
Walter Barnes did not see much of a change in New Orleans when he returned after the war. Before the war he and his...
Once sent back to New Orleans, Frank Mancuso was assigned as a special services officer [Annotators Note: at Camp Leroy...
A year after Raymond Wells was shipped to Okinawa Joyce joined him there. At the time there was very little in terms of...
Harley Reynolds and his unit were given a specific assignment. The planners were aware that their beachhead was...
On 1 April 1943 Raymond Wells boarded a troop train to New York where they went aboard a ship. His brother Irwin, who...
Harley Reynolds and his unit trained for Sicily on an incredibly rocky shoreline. The shore they actually landed on in...
During the overseas voyage Frank Mancuso was in charge of checking the tie downs, therefore he had privileged access to...
Of all the prisoners Gerard Halpern interrogated there is one who really stands out to him. The man was a German Army...
Roger Shaw arrived in Bahia, Brazil aboard the SS . He had met some associates previously in Bahia, but he discovered...
Raymond Wells retired from the service in June of 1983. After retiring, Wells moved to Fort Worth, Texas but eventually...
William Blanckenburg had an upper middle class upbringing, but they struggled during the Depression. Blanckenburg was...
Originally, when Frank Mancuso entered the army he was a Catholic. This changed when the Pope said they could not bomb...
Harley Reynolds notes that by one in the morning they stopped and rested. The next morning they were in position and...
For Charles Coolidge, success [Annotators Note: success in combat] continued in Italy. His unit [Annotators Note:...
Charles Coolidge recalls the weather at Monte Cassino as being cold and rainy. Coolidge feels that had they gone with...
Harley Reynolds went through the town of Troina but did not fight there. Company F ran into most of the resistance...

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