Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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[Annotators Note: Donald Hoff served in the navy as a rear seat gunner and radio operator on SBD Dauntless dive bombers...
Dupuy remembers times being hard during the Depression. They always had food to eat, but there were certain things that...
Wahlen was born in a farmhouse near Ogden, Utah. Soon after he was born his family moved to Ogden where they stayed...
Woods and the interviewer discuss the format for the interview.Edward Thomas Woods was born in 1927 in Manhattan, New...
Karr grew up in West Virginia in a little town called Mannington. His father and his relatives worked in the oil fields...
[Annotators note: Interview starts off in mid conversation about the format of the interview.] Richard Greer was born...
Dave Severance was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July 1919. His family moved to Colorado when he was very young. He...
The Laffey [Annotator's Note: US Navy destroyer USS Laffey, DD-724] had new radar and sonar equipment and that put the...
[Annotators Note: Interviewer is setting up the interview and it begins with small talk about the war.] Arthur...
Harold Ward was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in April 1921. Ward had the life of a bastard growing up as he was...
Myers didn't lock his doors when he was growing up. If strangers came by, you would share food with them. People came...
Alex Vraciu was on a mission with a flight of 12 aircraft when he noticed five Zeros [Annotators Note: Mitsubishi A6M...
Ramage started his career in the US Navy aboard the Enterprise [Annotator's Note: USS Enterprise, (CV6)]. The non-...
James was born in North Texas in Aberdene. The town is no longer there. He lived there until he was 10 years old. His...
At 19 Thatcher finished high school and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps on December 3rd, 1940. Thatcher was sworn in...
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...
Jones was born in Oregon. When he was 10 years old, 1 of his sisters contracted tuberculosis so his mother elected to...
Robert Akins discusses how the heroes were the ones who gave their lives 10,000 miles from home. Of the 120 men in his...
Mervosh was born in Pittsburgh on June 14th, 1923. He remembers dealing with the Great Depression. It taught him how to...
Kaylor was born in Highspire, Pennsylvania. He went to Highspire High School. K-12 was in the same building. A friend's...
Whitten was born in Newton, Massachusetts. After high school he went to Amherst College. In college he was in the glee...
Marvin Perrett was born in September 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was on his way home from church with his...
Paul Hilliard believes the SBD Dauntless is much underrated and unfortunately much unrecognized. WWII books sometimes...
Giles Bacon served with an MP [Annotator’s Note: military police] battalion on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. He was born...
Wicker was born in Scotlandville, Louisiana in 1923. He had a good life growing up, his father worked for the railroad...
Hopkins grew up on a small farm in Georgia. It was a tenant farm. Hopkins father was farming a piece of property that...
Yukio Kawamoto was born in Berkeley, California in November 1919. He was drafted into the army from the University of...
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”...
Hannas family was living in Texas when he joined the Army in July 1938 in Lubbock. He took his basic training at Ft....
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...
Bailey was born in Lancaster County, South Carolina on 12 September 1921.During the Great Depression Bailey's clothes...

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