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John Witmeyer served in five armies of the US Army through six campaigns in the European Theater of World War 2. He had...
During the assault on the port city of Cherbourg, France, John Witmeyer fought through to the end of town after door to...
Elmo Bell fought out of Normandy and all the way across France. All maneuver elements of the army were assigned a...
After Lieutenant John Marr narrowly escaped a German ambush during the failed night assault on the west end of the La...
[Annotators Note: Fred Hirsekorn served in the army as a gunner, then tank commander, and finally tank platoon...
Being in charge of other people helped give Raymond Wells focus during combat, not leaving any time to be afraid. Wells...
Joseph Motil put the charge right against the door so it blew it in. There was a flame thrower operator with their unit...
William Pena traveled on the Queen Elizabeth over to England where he was given lots of food. Only one day he remembers...
Sergeant Elmo Bell and the men of Company C, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division repelled all...
On the morning of 7 December 1941, Roy Boreen enjoyed an early breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast he went to the...
After that mission [Annotator’s Note: an aborted mission to an airfield just outside of Paris during which Grant had...
Charles Moore flew to support beleaguered American troops in Bastogne. [Annotator’s Note: relief to the men in...
[Annotator's Note: Norman Hatch served as a combat cameraman with the 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima.] On Iwo Jima,...
Robert Freligh’s crewman Sam Plonski was from the Boston area, and Peter Sanchez from the Chicago area. He always flew...
The battle on Tarawa provided countless opportunities for combat cameramen like Norman Hatch to capture story telling...
Russell Hoff and the 106th Infantry Division had been sent to the front as relief for the 2nd Infantry Division which...
William Pena recalls the situation in the Ardennes before the Germans arrived, how they laid tripwires and mines. They...
[Annotators Note: Wesley Trindal served in the US Army as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry...
Edward Tipper enlisted in the Army. All paratroopers enlisted. None were drafted. He wanted to join the paratroopers...
Russell Hoff and his regiment [Annotators Note: 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division] surrendered during...
In February [Annotators Note: 5 February 1945] Daniel Farley and the 5th Rangers got word to assemble in a certain area...
John Witmeyer was first wounded in early July of 1944, just a month after the invasion of Normandy began. He went out...
Robert Kelso's unit had pulled up near a railroad track and dug in. He had heard that some of the guys went to a...
[Annotators Note: Frank Guidone served in the US Marine Corps as a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.]When they...
[Annotators Note: Robert Addison was a member of the US Marine Corps 1st Raider Battalion.]Edson [Annotators Note: US...
When David Yoho went through boot camp, it was great except for his troubled background. He kept getting into trouble...
Harley Reynolds remembers the air filling with bullets. About 20 or 30 yards in, Reynolds made it to an obstacle called...
When they attacked the Siegfried Line Fred Hirsekorn and his fellow soldiers knew they were attacking into Germany. On...
[Annotators Note: George Wichterich served as a platoon sergeant in the 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, 30th Infantry...
[Annotators Note: William Guarnere was a paratrooper in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,...
Tom Quigley recalls how when they were approaching Brest, he saw a soldier who was directing traffic get hit by an 88...
James Livaudais and his glider infantrymen met up with paratroopers after crossing the Merderet causeway. The...
Darold Rice reached the peak of Hill 122 and had gone to ground to wait for further orders. While lying there, a German...
Tom Quigley recalls how after having sufficiently halted the German advance, he and his men slogged their way back to...
After the fighting [Annotators Note: in Ingolstadt] lulled, Fred Hirsekorn got a call to look at one of his men. It was...
Edward Tipper and a band of paratroopers captured a key crossroads location without the use of any automatic weapons...

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