Enlistment

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Arthur Killam was born in San Francisco and lived there until he was six years old when he moved to San Jose,...
[Annotators Note: The interview begins with Guarnere and the interviewer talking about previous interviews Guarnere has...
Harley Reynolds served with the 1st Infantry Division from the time that he went in. He was in the 16th Infantry...
Byron Othello Wilkins, who goes by B.O. Wilkins, was named after his father. He grew up in northeast Arkansas in Luxora...
John Howland had taken flight courses and was ready to join the Air Force but was restricted from becoming a pilot...
Edward Tipper enlisted in the Army. All paratroopers enlisted. None were drafted. He wanted to join the paratroopers...
John A. McCarthy was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His family moved to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. He was...
Roy Boreen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July 1920. During the Great Depression, his father worked as a cement...
Russell Hoff was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in October 1924.  After a year, the family moved to Willow Grove,...
Francis Dymnicki attempted to become a pilot in the Air Force. Half of his friends wanted to do the same. Dymnicki was...
Josephine Reeves was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 1919. Growing up, Reeves attended the West Catholic...
Robert Addison was born in Akron, Ohio in December 1922. Growing up he was very athletic and played many different...
Tom Quigley recounts how he was in church when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place and did not even know about the...
[Annotators Note: George Kearney grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and was an employee of Higgins Industries from 1937...
Edward Tipper was a member of a military group that received a tremendous amount of recognition. He was 18 or 19 when...
Francis Dymnicki was born in Yonkers, New York and lived there for ten years during the Depression until his father...
Carrol Joy was born in Morris County about 25 miles south of Manhattan, Kansas in 1920. He had one brother and one...
Wallace Jeffery was born on 27 January 1922 in Sioux City, Iowa. He moved many times but by nine years of age, the...
William Curtis was born 23 September 1921 in a shack just five miles outside of Hazlehurst, Mississippi in the...
[Annotators Note: The interview begins mid conversation but gets on track shortly after the initial conversation.] Tom...
George Bernard Griffenhagen was in Plzen, Czechoslovakia on VE Day, 8 May 1945. Griffenhagen was born in Portland,...
[Annotators Note: Interview begins with the interviewer discussing with Franklin Denius how he should answer questions...
Richard Higgins was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in Sims Hospital. Higgins moved to Harrison, Maine when he was...
Robert Freligh’s father died when he was two and a half years old. His mother worked full time as a pharmacist but was...
Raymond Wells was born in Eagle, Colorado in April 1922. He was living in Secora, New Mexico and remembers the day the...
David Roderick was born in Decatur, Illinois on 18 November 1923. Roderick had five brothers. His mother and father...
When Grant enlisted he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. He knew that he would end up going eventually and he wanted...
Wesley S. Trindal was with Company F, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He was born in Superior, Wisconsin...
Kelly Kuwayama was drafted a year before Pearl Harbor and entered the Army. He was assigned to a coastal artillery unit...
Fred Hirsekorn was born in Schonlanke, Germany in May 1924. There were about five generations of Hirsekorns who were...
Robert Freligh probably decided to join the navy because his brother was in the army and there was most likely some...
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...
Joseph Motil was deferred for six months and then went into the service on 22 January 1942. Motil was born on 24 July...
Robert Freligh was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1921. He moved to Adrian, Michigan where he went to live in an...
In January or February 1942 President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which allowed for the internment of...

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