Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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[Annotators Note: Frank Guidone served in the US Marine Corps as a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.]When...
Richard O'Kane gave William Leibold a nice 35mm camera. O’Kane snuck it in the trunk of Leibold's car one day during a...
Sidney Philips remembers hearing about Pearl Harbor while sitting at a drug store counter on the corner of Dauphin and...
Some days after eliminating the machine gun position, Burgin and his fellow Marines faced another machine gun...
Richard Higgins left Peleliu and went to Pavuvu and got off the ship. The next day a clerk told Higgins that he was...
Sidney Philips remembers someone being perfect. He was handsome, young, and the girls loved him. Phillips tells...
[Annotators Note: Edgar Cole served in the US Marine Corps in the 52nd Defense Battalion.] The Japanese attack on Pearl...
Robert Freligh was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1921. He moved to Adrian, Michigan where he went to live in an...
[Annotators Note: Richard Higgins served in the US Marine Corps in Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st...
Walter Nelson recognized that they were close enough that they could have bailed over Australia if they needed to. From...
William Leibold spoke to his wife Grace for the first time in years while he was in Oakland. She wanted to visit but he...
Edgar Cole went to communications school and finished at the head of his class. He was automatically assigned to...
When the 2nd Marine Division shipped out from New Zealand, the men were vaguely told that they were going to make a...
[Annotators Note: Edgar Cole served in the US Marine Corps in Headquarters, 52nd Defense Battalion.] In the Pacific...
Robert Freligh served during the war because he felt it was his duty. He was also 20 years old at the time and thought...
Arthur Killam kept up with some of the guys he served with in the US Navy during the war but never went to any of the...
Norman Hatch remained on Iwo Jima for the first 18 days of the battle. He was flown off on D plus 18. Hatch flew off...
Norman Hatch graduated from high school when he was 17 years old. He grew up in both Boston, Massachusetts and...
[Annotators Note: Interview begins with Frank Guidone and the interviewer talking about Guidone contracting malaria and...
Romus Burgin was born in Jewett, Texas and stayed there until he graduated high school in 1941. He joined the Marine...
Richard Higgins joined the Marine Corps in 1940. He was set on the Marine Corps from the beginning. He never considered...
As a 13 year old, David Yoho did not have friends of draft age. He did keep company with older boys and took on a tough...
Richard Higgins occasionally wants to forget what he has seen. Higgins remembers being on Cape Gloucester hiding behind...
[Annotators Note: Arthur Killam served in the US Navy aboard the submarine USS Seadragon. Killam had reported aboard...
Roger Shaw arrived in Bahia, Brazil aboard the SS . He had met some associates previously in Bahia, but he discovered...
The Thresher [Annotator's Note: USS Thresher (SS-200)] had torpedo problems on most of her runs. Billy Grieves kept an...
[Annotators Note: Arthur Killam served in the US Navy as an Electricians Mate aboard the submarine USS Sea Dragon.]...
[Annotator's Note: This segment begins mid sentence. Leibold is apparently recommending places to eat in Escondido.]...
After eliminating the remainder of the artillery positions on Ngesebus Island, the 5th Marine Regiment returned to...

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