Submitted stories and first hand oral accounts as told by American veterans

 

A Survivor of Pearl Harbor   My father was at Pearl Harbor on his way to Guadalcanal, on the USS San Francisco, a heavy cruiser, when Pearl Harbor was bombed December 7th 1941. The ship he was on was not touched during the bombing. The reason for that was when the…

 
 

SURVIVING THE ODDS As the dust settled, confusion began to set in. Unable to see or hear, the 16-year explosive ordnance disposal veteran tried to make sense of what just happened. As the disorientation slowly began to wear off, the technical sergeant realized there had been an explosion. He couldn’t feel his left arm and feared it was gone. Still unable to see or hear, and knowing there could be more improvised…

 
 

Captain Ruth Kinzeler, 4th General Army Hospital By Elizabeth (Liz) Dick, New Castle, PA This is the actual chronicle of a band of nurses in the Army Nurse Corps during WW2. My mother was one of these women, Captain Ruth Kinzeler of the 4th General Army Hospital. The 4th General Army Hospital was the very first United States Military Medical Unit deployed to the South Pacific Theater of the war. [caption id=”attachment_16203″…

 
 

The Tuskegee Airmen The story of the first African American combat pilots in U.S. military history, marking the 75th anniversary of their first deployment into World War II. Narrated by Robin Roberts, proud daughter of a Tuskegee Airman. The Tuskegee Airmen were recognized as part of the AVC’s Emmy-winning television special American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes. Learn more…

 
 

SHELL By Edgar Valderrama I was footslogging up another steep muddy hill in Luxembourg or maybe Germany when I met Shell escorting a teenage prisoner downhill. Shell was not a great warrior type in my estimation. His outstanding accomplishment had been to fry spuds the time another outfit had pushed a bunch of Germans on top of us and we – peace loving Company Headquarters – were forced to fight them off….

 
 

C Company, 11th Infantry, 5th Division By Edgar Valderrama When Co. C, 11th Infantry, 5th Division reached the Rhine, some strange rumors were circulating among us. The only one I remember hearing was that a woman had been found hanging by the neck in her bedroom. The famous Remagen crossing, in which the Wehrmacht failed to destroy the bridge and the U.S. Army was able to cross over it, was some…

 
 

Losing Private First Class Molina By Edgar Valderrama A scene in “Saving Private Ryan” brought Private First Class Molina front and center in my mind. I knew him casually and can’t even remember his first name. He was Mexican American from California. He once saved our squad from extinction, but that is another story. He had just returned from a short vacation in the hospital. A piece of shrapnel had torn…

 
 

Lucky 13 Jack Hill, USN I hated combat missions in the jungles during the Vietnam War; they were not a safe place to be. But I was a Navy Corpsman, a doc, and everywhere the U.S. Marines went, corpsmen accompanied them. So as usual, I was in the middle of a company of soldiers trudging along the winding footpath from the highlands to the lowlands. Our progress was…

 
 

VIETNAM WAR LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN IT “Daryl, how would you like to go to Vietnam?” my friend in OSI personnel asked me. “No way,” I said with a laugh. “Why are you asking?” My friend said that I was on a list to go to Vietnam, but the orders had not yet been published, and that if I volunteered to go to Vietnam, it would look good on…

 
 

Exploring Saigon 1967 through an American’s camera Saigon continues to generate interest throughout the world, a city that has gone through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Veterans will associate it with the Tet Offensive uprising, which forever changed the course of the war following the coverage of the storming of the American Embassy. The Vietnamese Diaspora followed the Fall of…

 
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