Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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Chuck was born in Long Island, New York in 1917. He believes that things were going better during the Great Depression...
Lawrence Johnston was born in February 1918 to parents who were Christian missionaries. He was born in China and spent...
Ari Phoutrides was born in Seattle in 1925. His father was a priest who was moved around the country often.After high...
Connick was born in Mobile, Alabama on 27 March 1926. He moved with his family to New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of...
Arthur Jackson was born in Cleveland and grew up in Canton, Ohio. His father was a watch maker and eventually ended up...
Barbara Butler was born in Syracuse, New York in 1921. Her father was a salesman so they moved around a lot when she...
Gonzales was 10 years old when the Japanese invaded [Annotator's Note: Manila, Philippine Islands]. At the time he...
Ferrier was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father died and was buried on his 13th birthday. His...
Tyler was working in the information center receiving radar reports on the morning of the Pearl Harbor attack [...
Rogers was born in Saltville, Virginia on 1 January 1915.He graduated from high school in 1932 during the middle of the...
Alexander Vraciu was on a mission with a flight of 12 aircraft when he noticed five Zeros [Annotators Note: Mitsubishi...
Harold Rosen was born in Dallas, Texas in April 1925. His father owned his own business so the depression did not hit...
Pomroy begins the interview by talking about the living conditions on Guadalcanal. Living conditions were as basic as...
Jerry Yellin was born on February 15th, 1924 in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from Hillside High School in June of...
Stinson was born in Columbia, Alabama. After he and his classmates graduated from high school in 1943 they joined the...
Merrill was returning from a search mission just as the Doolittle Raiders were taking off from the Hornet [Annotator's...
Gravois was born in Saint Gabriel, Louisiana and grew up in Edgard, Louisiana until he was 17.Pearl Harbor was on 7...
Tarrant was born in Ennis, Texas. When he was 3, Tarrant's family moved to Dallas. His mother and father figured that...
Blanchard was born in Yonkers, New York. He moved around quite a bit as an employee of General Motors.He came from a...
Grant H. Ichikawa was born in April 1919. His father had come to the United States from Japan. People from Japan were...
Church was born in Henryville, Utah. After high school he ended up going to Dixie College in St. George. He knew that...
Showers was born on a farm in Iowa. As a student, he remembers the Armed Forces recruiting students. The first station...
William Douglas Lansford was born in July 1922 in Los Angeles. His father was an Anglo from Texas and his mother was a...
Quintana was born in McComb, Mississippi on December 15th, 1921. McComb was a railroad town. The majority of the...
Tenney joined the National Guard in November of 1940. He joined to get his year of service completed before the draft...
DeMers was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin on March 3rd, 1915. He had 6 brothers and 6 sisters. All 13 lived to be to...
Renstrom joined the Marine Corps on June 13th, 1940. He went through boot camp in San Diego. He was raised on a farm in...
Charles Bishop was born in New Haven, Connecticut in November of 1920. The depression years were sketchy. His mother...
Monpat was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He went to E.D. White High School for one year then quit and went...
William Barnes was born and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi. After high school he attended Bowling Green Business...
Mack was born in his grandparent’s home. He lived there as an infant. When he got a little older his parents moved to a...
Robert Dale Rosendahl was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota in April 1921 and grew p in a small agricultural town....
Frank Stewart was in the hospital on Espiritu Santos. After about ten days, he decided to go down the hall to the...

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