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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...
Edward Tipper and a band of paratroopers captured a key crossroads location without the use of any automatic weapons...
Wayne Pierce felt the night attack on Caligny was the right thing to do. The attack failed because the 400 Americans...
James Livaudais knew when he was given an order, he had to respond. When the man in front stepped off, the next...
James Livaudais was part of the division which was to become the Sergeant York Division—the 82nd Division with about 16...
James Livaudais knew he had really seen combat after the battle at La Fiere and the Merderet crossing. He thought at...
James Livaudais remembers certain names from his combat experience very vividly. Not all of them are mentioned in...
James Livaudais saw a man named Oseroff killed. That was the first combat death that Livaudais witnessed. He merely...
James Livaudais entered the service in March 1942. His division was to be the Sergeant York Division. The decision...
Wayne Pierce and his battalion had received orders to advance earlier in the evening in the woods adjacent to the...
Edward Tipper and the troops of the 101st Airborne were very confident about jumping into France. Their training was...
Edward Tipper continued his education after the service. He used the GI Bill to receive a Master’s Degree. He...
Walter Barnes and the other American forces in the area moved both during the day and at night. They were constantly...
Edward Tipper remembered the attack on Carentan and his subsequent wounding as an ordinary series of events. The most...
Abe Milkis returned to his Company as a bazooka man who was assisted by a loader. [Annotator’s Note: Milkis had...
Edward Tipper arrived at Crile General Hospital in Cleveland after his flight from a hospital in England. [Annotator’s...
James Livaudais remembers some of the men in his company who were not exactly the best soldiers. One was named James...
Dan Baker was born in Marietta, Ohio in 1923. He attended Indiana University and was in the ROTC program. Despite being...
Sabol was born in 1924 and knew when the war broke out that he would have to serve in one branch or another. He chose...
Blonder was trained as a Forward Observer. He began his military career in 1939. He was required to complete ROTC [...
Michael J. Doi was born in California. On 19 January 1942 Doi was inducted into the US Army at the age of 21. The army...
Biddle was born in Daleville, Indiana on November 28th, 1923. Daleville had about nine hundred people. He lived there...
Joseph Diamond served with the 104th Infantry Division, which is the Timberwolf Division. He was born in Camden, New...
Risto Milosevich grew up in East Los Angeles, California. During summer vacation he would repair concrete driveways to...
There are not many men left that served with Charles Radford. Radford at one point ran into Ernie Pyle. Pyle was...
Years later Vejtasa asked Japanese veterans if they had thought about strafing the deck and they said no. Vejtasa would...
The second day they were run out by the Japanese again [Annotator’s Note: On Okinawa, April 1945]. Deen notes that it...
The torpedo planes flew into Espiritu Santo. They stayed on Espiritu Santo for about a week. They sent 6 TBF's [...
Besides the flag raising, Dave Severance's most vivid memory was the loss off troops. They knew that the Japanese were...
Charles Scheffel’s run in with Mr. Shaw [Annotators Note: George Bernard Shaw] was not included in his book Crack and...
Dan Baker would send patrols out to the German lines. In one instance he sent three men out, but only two came back....
Henry Phillips' regiment went through a series of disasters during the battle. One full company was bush whacked by the...
Leadership attitudes in McGee's unit helped to form a bond between the men. McGee's first flight was in the PT-17 [...
They shipped out in late September [Annotator's Note: September 1942] and landed in North Africa on 8 November 1942....

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