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

 

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…

 
 

US Army Vietnam Veteran John Hollis After watching Ken Burn’s “Vietnam” PBS special I decided I’d write down the recollections of my time in Vietnam. I’m not like some (my dad for instance) who can remember dates and places like they happened yesterday but using the information I’ve saved I have a fairly accurate timeline of where I was assigned and when, but the order of what happened while I…

 
 

Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson shares his experiences serving during the Second World War as a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Jefferson was shot down over southern France and spent time as a POW in the prison camp Stalag Luft III. He talks about the impact of his service on his life. Check out more of AVC’s…

 
 

The Story of Leon F. Hesser March 17, 2018 In 2007, I was one of three veterans of WWII who were asked to meet with a class who were studying the literature of war at Hodges University in Naples, FL. One had been with the Flying Tigers in the China, Burma, India theatre, one had served in the Battle of…

 
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