Military training and instruction

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[Annotators Note: Robert Freligh served as a TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bomber pilot in Torpedo Squadron 13 (VT-13),...
Arthur Killam was born in San Francisco and lived there until he was six years old when he moved to San Jose,...
Robert Kelso was born in Bristow, Oklahoma. He lived up on a farm owned by his grandparents. A few years after he was...
[Annotators Note: The interview begins with Guarnere and the interviewer talking about previous interviews Guarnere has...
Darold Rice remembers how when he and the other privates reported back for duty no one was at the camp and they joined...
David Roderick went to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey for 10 days. The men were checked for health and packed everything while...
Norman Hatch, along with a group of other servicemen, boarded a train for Washington D.C. on a Sunday morning. Most of...
Byron Othello Wilkins was in a provisional regiment that did not have enough guns to go around. They were issued 1917...
Robert Walter was born in 1922 in Seneca County, Ohio. His young years prior to entering the service were spent within...
Byron Othello Wilkins, who goes by B.O. Wilkins, was named after his father. He grew up in northeast Arkansas in Luxora...
Tokuji Yoshihashi was drafted and went to Camp Blanding, Florida for 17 weeks of basic training. He was trained on...
Franklin Denius had taken artillery training in the ROTC at the Citadel and wanted to be in the artillery. He got his...
Roger Shaw was born in New Orleans in 1921. He grew up and was educated in New Orleans. After graduating high school,...
Charles Moore was born in Washington, D.C. on 14 May 1919. Growing up with five siblings, Moore had a twin sister....
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,...
Charles Coolidge was born in August 1921 on Signal Mountain, Tennessee where his family spent the summer months. The...
Wayne Pierce grew up in the small farming community of Polo, Illinois. He was drafted six months before the war...
Robert Addison was born in Akron, Ohio in December 1922. Growing up he was very athletic and played many different...
To Charles Fitts, actual combat was not at all similar to their training. In combat, Fitts and his section did not set...
At Sioux City, the ground crew was completing their training and going on last leaves. One day, the first sergeant...
Byron Othello Wilkins arrived back at Camp Maxey in Texas and saw a group of LSU men at the camp with a band to play...
Tom Quigley recounts how he was in church when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place and did not even know about the...
Charles Fitts had stashed a watch in the one place that the Germans did not search. It was an automatic wristwatch that...
[Annotators Note: Wesley Trindal served in the US Army as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry...
Wayne Pierce returned to his regiment and was placed in Company B. He went to the battalion commander who told him...
Norman Hatch was asleep at his place in New York on the morning of 7 December 1941. He had preset his radio to turn on...
[Annotators Note: Calvin Barrick served in the US Navy aboard the submarine USS Tang (SS306).]During the shakedown...
Norman Hatch finished his photography training in New York City sometime in April of 1942 then returned to Quantico,...
Norman Ikari recalls Pearl Harbor very well. It was a Sunday morning and Ikari was sitting in his house in East Los...
Charles Fitts Jr. was born in December 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He lived there until he was about four years old....
John W. Marr was born in Johnson County, Missouri in May 1918. He grew up on a farm and moved farms twice during his...
George Bernard Griffenhagen was in Plzen, Czechoslovakia on VE Day, 8 May 1945. Griffenhagen was born in Portland,...
Richard Higgins was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in Sims Hospital. Higgins moved to Harrison, Maine when he 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...

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