Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)

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Pomroy tells the story of how he and Bill Hollman became friends. He was on Guadalcanal for five months and Peleliu for...
Yellin recalls how he had a close call with a fellow pilot. From that point on Yellin did not trust that man and would...
1 day a train loaded with bomb shells came into the camp and as it came through the camp a routine safety check found a...
Basilone [Annotators Note: Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone] and his guys went ashore in the third wave. William...
Karr found out from the Laffey's newsletter that one of his buddies had fallen and broken his hip. Karr did not go to...
Interviewer asks Delewski if his experience on the Laffey changed him. On the day that all of this happened [Annotator'...
[Annotators Note: Harold Ward served in the navy as a mess attendant aboard the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco (CA-38...
During one of his trips back to the United States Alex Vraciu was offered the opportunity to fly the Zero that had been...
Vejtasa had hit the carrier he had made a run on. Fighting 42 was aboard the Yorktown and was commanded by Jimmy...
Mervosh believes that it is very important to continue to study and learn about World War II so that future generations...
Baptiste would be watchful. There are countries and people who want to see this country go under so he believes that we...
Bailey feels that war should be over with. His division fought the Chinese in North Korea. Young men are fighting today...
Deen remembers the fear that was prevalent among the replacements, yet they responded when it was time to fight. He...
One of Crump’s friends was on watch on a ship that was torpedoed. Crump’s convoy had about 35 percent casualties. The...
While Childers was a cadet he was asked by Colonel Mangrum if he had received a Purple Heart. When he told Mangrum that...
Norman Kleiss knew Peter Gaido pretty well. When Kleiss was about to take off for his first carrier landing he was...
Many years after the war James Goodrich went back to Iwo Jima. The visit helped him a lot with his own feelings about...
After the war, James Smith had a hard time adjusting to civilian life. He got a job before he was even discharged from...
Church was able to keep his wits about him during his prisoner experience because every man he was with was in the same...
To William Lansford all campaigns had goofy things happen. The first time he went out by himself he had been warned of...
One of the new pilots from Vejtasa's group got lost during the battle. He tried to make it to Guadalcanal but couldn't...
The discipline in the Marine Corps helped to make Deen’s life successful. He is glad that he went through it and the...
Crump was lucky making the transition from military to civilian life. He had worked in the shipyards prior to military...
Childers was then assigned to Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Childers though that Ft. Rucker would be good duty but it wasn't. He...
[Annotators Note: Norman J. Kleiss, known as Dusty, was a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) flying from...
James Smith feels there are parts of World War 2 that can be pretty instructive to the future. He believes that with...
Church recently made a trip back to Guam and laid a wreath down at the monument for the soldiers killed there during...
Admiral Kinkaid [Annotato's Note: Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid] who had no experince with carriers or aviators, ordered a...
After he retired he played golf. He still lives in California.Childers experienced the big earthquake of 1989.
On the morning of the battle, Vejtasa was flying CAP. Jimmy Flately and Johnny Leppla were flying escort for the...
Lazarick heard President Roosevelt's speech [Annotator's Note: Roosevelt's speech to Congress which he gave on 8...
Chuck was incredibly upset about Pearl Harbor. He had no idea even after Pearl Harbor that 5000 Japanese Marines were...
Phoutrides took part in the Normandy invasion. He knew what was happening but couldn't understand the enormity of the...
Connick's boat [Annotator's Note: an LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel)] held roughly thirty-six men. Each boat...
Arthur Jackson had been influenced by Marine pilots and wanted to fly. At the recruiting office he took the aviation...
Grieves rode the Falcon [Annotator's Note: US Navy submarine rescue ship USS Falcon (AM-28 /ASR-2)] down to New London...

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