Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)

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After the combat that Radford initially saw, a feeling of hatred began brewing towards the Germans. The fact that...
Vernon Baker stayed at Geiger Airfield until October 1942 when they went back to Fort Huachuca, Arizona. One day he was...
Theodore Finkbeiner and the paratroopers he was with started heading toward Gela. Whenever they heard shooting they...
For Henry Phillips Sicily was a cake walk. They landed in Palermo from a big transport. The Germans used aircraft...
The company that Inouye served in had the highest number of casualties with 42. Even the band was cut in half. In...
Barfoot recalls difficult times when they landed in Southern France, he was the Platoon Leader and had been promoted to...
McGee liked the P-51 [Annotator's Note: Mustang, American fighter plane] because it had more speed, range, and altitude...
[Annotators Note: James Nerison served in the navy as a torpedo man aboard PT-305 in Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 22 (...
When Edward LaPorta landed in Oran all he could see was the German fortress which had two giant spotlights shining out...
Blonder was sent to a hospital in Illinois for his trench foot. He remembers another incident regarding his trench foot...
Joseph Hochadel and his squad started down the road and a German tank began to shell them. It was traumatic and they...
When Wilburn K. Ross landed on Sicily he landed from a Higgins boat. The beach being laden with obstacles and barbed...
[Annotators Note: Barney Old Coyote’s daughter steps in and asks a few questions.] The government had prohibited the...
At one time in North Africa there was a big tank battle going on. Peterson was up in the mountains and could see the...
John Vessey landed in Oran and went immediately to [Annotators Note: unsure of town he says], 50 miles or more out of...
Michael Doi did not experience and maltreatment or racism even when he went to the South but his daughter did. After...
In basic training David Dennis went to school first. His basic training was the normal marching and learning their gun...
Freddie Ohr’s friend Leon asked him to go with him into the Air Corps. Ohr walked into a storefront that had been...
When Holloman got to Ramitelli [Annotator’s Note: Italy] there were no P-47s [Annotator's Note: Republic P-47 "...
Alex Vraciu wanted to fly fighters. If he had not been given fighters when he was going through training at Corpus...
Crain was 1 of the seaman in the boat. They were on a transport ship originally. When Crain was on the transport ship...
When Charles Scheffel became a platoon leader, he used all of the ammunition that they could teaching his men about...
The 100th Battalion joined the 442nd in Italy and was their first battalion. After the battle of Bruyeres, they took...
Dr. Roscoe Brown’s first mission was to a target in Austria. All of the mission targets looked the same from 25,000...
Hairston ended up at a camp 100 miles south of Tucson [Annotator’s Note: Arizona]. The camp was completely isolated....
Alexander Jefferson’s plane name was “Bubble Blue Subsoil” [Annotator’s Note: Jefferson became quiet and was lost in...
Martello learned that when you were in the sand and going fast, the wheel of the halftrack could be turned, but the...
Kassal was sent back to the United States for five weeks before finally making it overseas. They traveled through...
After the war ended in Africa they continued training in the desert. The men were given passes to go into Tunisia but...
They retreated about eight or ten miles before they decided to put up a fight [Annotator’s Note: during the Battle of...
The Hill they were attacking [Annotator’s Note: in North Africa] was eventually cleared of Germans and the advancing...
The interviewer notes that in the last segment Vernon Baker made a comment about an event that was his initiation into...
Sicily was an easier operation than Italy. Theodore Finkbeiner and his company [Annotators Note: Company H, 2nd...
[Annotators Note: Henry Phillips served as an officer in Company M, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry...
The mountain was at the opening of a valley. It was an important valley because of troop movements and positioning. The...
Barfoot grew up on a farm and his family was all on the farm. They grew cotton and corn and made a living during the...

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