Naval shore bombardment

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The battle on Tarawa provided countless opportunities for combat cameramen like Norman Hatch to capture story telling...
Sidney Philips remembers explosions everywhere. Small arms fire everywhere. The total concern was for yourself. It is...
Charles Coolidge left Camp Edwards near Boston to go to New York before going overseas. He was at sea for 13 days then...
David Roderick moved to the coast near Weymouth and was put into a marshalling yard. They were kept in secret. No one...
[Annotators Note: segment begins with the interviewer asking Franklin Denius to describe his first moments in Normandy]...
[Annotators Note: Romus Valtin Burgin served in the United States Marine Corps as a mortar section leader in Company K...
Charles Coolidge passed through Rome and went as far as Roccastrada where the Germans turned and surrounded the...
When the 2nd Marine Division shipped out from New Zealand, the men were vaguely told that they were going to make a...
[Annotators Note: Daniel Farley served in the army as a rifleman in Company A, 5th Ranger Battalion.] In the lock up...
Romus Burgin and the 5th Marines were among the first to land on Peleliu as part of the main assault on the island. A...
Stinson was born in Columbia, Alabama. After he and his classmates graduated from high school in 1943 they joined the...
Stratton is from Red Cloud, Nebraska. His family was farmers early on in their lives. His father ended up owning a...
Basilone [Annotators Note: Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone] and his guys went ashore in the third wave. William...
One of the new pilots from Vejtasa's group got lost during the battle. He tried to make it to Guadalcanal but couldn't...
In late April 1944 they were put on special alert. They were put on trucks and were taken through Southampton to an...
The next morning, possibly around 3 am, Baldwin and the rest of Cannon Company were told to get ready to go ashore. To...
After he ate breakfast Rogers went up to the radio system that was set up on the apron at the airport. They moved the...
The Evans [Annotator's Note: US Navy destroyer USS Evans (DD-552)] was a Fletcher Class destroyer of 2100 tons.Life on...
After basic training Richard Greer and the other Marines from his boot camp class went to Norfolk, Virginia where they...
He was asleep in his bunk [Annotator's Note: aboard the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco, CA38] early in the morning of...
Alexander Jefferson traveled from Walterboro to Hampton Roads, Virginia by boat across the ocean to Naples. From Naples...
Leisey was told before he deployed that he was going to go to Officer Candidate School, yet that never developed. He...
During the initial attack Rogers was in the bushes away from the air field and could see them fly over. That was around...
During the night the Japanese must have started a push because the ship [Annotator’s Note: the destroyer USS Evans]...
Delewski took part in the Normandy operation. That was the first time the Laffey saw action. He was put in charge of...
James did not realize that he was shot right away. He knew he was hit but the pain did not register. He went down below...
They started back to Australia to begin the process of removing the dead from the ship [Annotator’s Note: from the USS...
Alexander Jefferson’s plane name was “Bubble Blue Subsoil” [Annotator’s Note: Jefferson became quiet and was lost in...
Another frightening experience Gravois had was during the Battle of the Matanikau River. For the battle they [Annotator...
Renstrom notes that one of the hardest things for a Marine, or anybody, is to see your first American blood [Annotator’...
The 2nd plane [Annotator’s Note: the 2nd kamikaze on 10 May 1945] that hit them hit the after engine room. He came in...
They were on General's Quarters [Annotator's Note: ready for battle] for 72 hours. The guys would take turns on their...
Richard Greer experienced some bayonet fighting during the Battle for Henderson Field but more so at Point Cruz. They...
The strike groups began hitting Guam and Saipan on the 12th [Annotator's Note: 12 June 1944] in preparation for the...
From Pearl Harbor they were sent to the Pacific [Annotator’s Note: the crew of the USS Missouri in January 1945] and...
They got on three different ships to haul the First Marine Division on August 25th [Annotator’s Note: 1944]. They...

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