Experience behind enemy lines

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William Blanckenburg was met by a lieutenant colonel who knew that Blanckenburg was married and was an older fellow....
[Annotators Note: Robert Freligh served as a TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bomber pilot in Torpedo Squadron 13 (VT-13),...
Monty Joe Boitnott was on tour [Annotators Note: on an overseas tour of duty] for 16 months. The only member of...
Sergeant Elmo Bell and the men of Company C, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division repelled all...
Charles Moore flew to support beleaguered American troops in Bastogne. [Annotator’s Note: relief to the men in...
Robert Freligh’s crewman Sam Plonski was from the Boston area, and Peter Sanchez from the Chicago area. He always flew...
William Pena recalls the situation in the Ardennes before the Germans arrived, how they laid tripwires and mines. They...
Tom Quigley remembers how one night before they blew the pillboxes, he and some other men were watching what they...
Byron Othello Wilkins experienced the artillery barrage around 5:30 in the morning [Annotators Note: on the morning of...
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...
Byron Othello Wilkins left the infirmary and was placed on a farm where there were a lot of British and various other...
[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...
David Roderick knew the true goal was to capture Cherbourg at the end of the peninsula which took until 25 June. It was...
James Livaudais and his glider infantrymen met up with paratroopers after crossing the Merderet causeway. The...
Edward Tipper credits paratrooper training with assisting in making the attack on Carentan a success. The decision was...
Darold Rice reached the peak of Hill 122 and had gone to ground to wait for further orders. While lying there, a German...
Edward Tipper and a band of paratroopers captured a key crossroads location without the use of any automatic weapons...
Lieutenant John Marr led his advanced party along a hedgerow ahead of the main group of Company G, 507th Parachute...
Herbertert Heilbrun believes in the power of prayer. On his fourth mission, Heilbrun was flying with 36 airplanes in...
Lieutenant John Marr had encounters with other American officers and commanders in the field early on in the Normandy...
[Annotators Note: Robert Williams served in the army as a paratrooper in Headquarters Company; 2nd Battalion. 506th...
David Roderick experienced a lot of shelling and artillery and snipers when he landed. D Day began at 6:30 in the...
David Roderick moved to the coast near Weymouth and was put into a marshalling yard. They were kept in secret. No one...
During the assault on Manoir La Fiere [Annotators Note: La Fiere Manor] on D Day, Lieutenant John Marr led his advanced...
Herbert Heilbrun wore long johns under woolen pants with a warm shirt under a Mae West [Annotators Note: inflatable...
Wayne Pierce and his regiment were moved to an airbase in the south of England in anticipation of the start of the...
For the first several months they were flying out of Bodney, they did not live on base. They lived in a hotel and were...
James Livaudais received replacements prior to the Battle of the Bulge. [Annotator’s Note: in December 1944] One...
Lieutenant John Marr was assigned to guide Company C, 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment in that company's...
[Annotators Note: segment begins with the interviewer asking Franklin Denius to describe his first moments in Normandy]...
Herbert Heilbrun wrote his last letter before his final mission. [Annotators Note: a baby has been crying for at least...
Herbert Heilbrun went through the cadets with Lyle Pearson. On 29 December, Heilbrun lost track of Pearson who was...
David Roderick saw German fortifications that were made to look like homes or barns and one town was only made of...
James Livaudais flew from England to Holland on 17 September 1944. Flying at about 500 feet at 150 miles per hour,...

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