Military training and instruction

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James Goodrich wanted to join the Marine Corps as soon as he saw his first Marine Corps poster. He also enjoyed the...
James Smith was known as Horse [Annotators Note: also as Horse Collar] during his time in the Marine Corps. He earned...
Clifford Rackley was born near Tifton, Georgia. He was young during the depression and saw the problems the big farmers...
Clayton Kelly Gross was born in Walla Walla, Washington, a town so pretty they named it twice. Gross remarks it is...
Billow was born in Millersburg, Pennsylvania. Growing up during the depression was rough, they did not have much. His...
Lazarick was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1923. In those days Camden was a nice city with many large manufacturing and...
John Luckadoo had no regrets about returning to the United States after completing his 25 combat missions. The brass...
After Bougainville William Lansford went back to the United States. He was a high point guy. Back in the United States...
Hairston notes that there was a lot of competition between the artillery batteries [Annotator’s Note: during combat in...
[Annotators Note: Norman J. Kleiss, known as Dusty, was a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) flying from...
[Annotators Note: The interviewer mentions to Robert Murphy that he may be doing a series on great military leaders...
Renstrom discusses what it was like to train soldiers. One time he witnessed a soldier giving bayonet instruction to...
When they arrived at Pearl Harobr, Air Group 6 needed one more run before they rotated home. During the trip to Truk...
The navy commander leading the Hornet's [Annotator's Note: USS Hornet, CV-8] air group was responsible for the deaths...
[Annotators Note: Norman J. Kleiss, known as Dusty, was a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) flying from...
Freddie Ohr came running out of the wave and he did not see the boat anymore. He made two or three passes that low....
Vejtasa had hit the carrier he had made a run on. Fighting 42 was aboard the Yorktown and was commanded by Jimmy...
While Childers was a cadet he was asked by Colonel Mangrum if he had received a Purple Heart. When he told Mangrum that...
Richard Ford had 180 men in his company with six officers in his LCI [Annotators Note: Landing Craft Infantry] on D Day...
Recently Hairston went to artillery OCS [Annotator’s Note: Officer Candidate School] to learn how today's generations...
At the end of the war Vernon Baker was a second lieutenant but in May of 1945 he became a first lieutenant. His...
Lazarick heard President Roosevelt's speech [Annotator's Note: Roosevelt's speech to Congress which he gave on 8...
In late April 1944 they were put on special alert. They were put on trucks and were taken through Southampton to an...
Lyle Bouck was the youngest graduate in his class. He was 18 or 19 years old and the average age of the OCS [Annotator'...
The men learned to pack parachutes and jump from a tower. They had to pack the first 10 parachutes they would use at...
Loevsky's motivation for joining the service was that he felt that the treatment of the Jews in Europe, and by Hitler...
Vernon Baker went to Camp Wolters, Texas for basic training and experienced segregation. He got onto a bus when he...
After arriving in Liverpool, Lucien Laborde was sent to Swindon where he was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division. At...
Theodore Finkbeiner shipped out of Cape Cod aboard the USS George Washington [Annotators Note: SS George Washington] in...
John Luckadoo and the other cadets were segregated in advanced flight training between single engine and twin engine....
Arthur Jackson had been influenced by Marine pilots and wanted to fly. At the recruiting office he took the aviation...
The training at Tuskegee was rigorous. There was a lot of hazing. Leahr believes that they were trained as good as...
Robert Zawada was 16 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He graduated from high school in 1942. He did not think...

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