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

 

Letters from The Rock …and words I meant to write. By Gary Macchioni Yo Mom, I just arrived in Country.  Cam Ranh Bay Air Base has the second largest Air Force Hospital in the world and where we live is one block from the beach.  All the armed services have bases here. Unlike the other services, we Air Force people live in a Country Club with modern bathrooms and air-conditioned…

 
 

DON’T  COUNT  HIM  OUT  YET ! Uncle Sam’s In A Jam.  But Not To Worry. Help’s On The Way From An Unlikely Source . …as told to Tony Welch An astounding number of American teenagers, both male and female, altered their birth dates in order to serve their country during World War Two. The practice reached its peak in 1943. Over time, nearly 50,000 were detected and sent home. Among the…

 
 

FURY, FUMAROLES AND BRIMSTONE The Japanese Named It Sulfur Island. The U. S. Marines Called It (Censored) by TONY WELCH For seven months – May through November, 1945 – George E. Pickett and three fellow sailors held sway over what would soon become the world’s most iconic and instantly recognizable piece of real estate. None of them held a trust deed to the property, and yet this foursome lorded over their patch of ground…

 
 

An Artilleryman Follows In His Father’s Footsteps by Tony Welch “I was standing on the back porch as he drove away in his car,” says Bob Lamkin. “And that’s the last I ever saw of him. I was six years old.” Lamkin, now 91, is referring to his father, Robert L. Lamkin, a veteran of the Spanish-American War (1898-99) and the Philippine Insurrection that closely followed. The senior Lamkin served during the latter…

 
 

United States Marine Corp. / World War II Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, my father enlisted in the Marines. He said he wanted to be a Marine because they were “The Best!” He was assigned to the South Pacific and was a navigator. Unfortunately, my father was very reluctant to share stories or experiences of his years in the service. Later, we learned that this is not uncommon…

 
 

My 22 year war continues I was honorably discharged from Fort Eustis in Virginia over twenty years ago. I had served my country as a United States soldier for eight years. While in the service my son was born at Langley Air Force Base. After my discharge my life began to change for the worse but, at the time, I was unaware of what was…

 
 

Motor Machinist Mate Second Class(MoMM2) Ralph J. Gervasio WWII Honorable Service 1941-1943 his story takes us… In And Beyond Coastal Waters As verbalized in his 89th year to his son, Ralph Jr.

 
 

Bob Feller – November 3, 1918 – December 15, 2010 Statement of American Veterans Center President James Roberts on the Death of Bob Feller With the… Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

 
 

Anthony B. Chapek etnered the Army in April 1941 and was assigned to Ft. Leonard Wood. On 11-1-1944 he was promoted to Corporal. He moved quickly up the ranks to Captain. In January, 1944, while serving as part of the 159th Combat Engineers he met Major Michael McNamera who was so impressed with him that he never forgot him The following account was written by Major McNamara about Captain…

 
 

The Jacket by Brian J. Miller Clothes back in the days of the cave man were most likely first used in keeping the body warm in that forbidding primitive environment. Coats, jackets and sweaters do the same for us today. Recently I acquired a jacket that provided warmth of another kind, one that warmed my heart. This jacket wasn’t one of the latest fashions bought fresh off the rack at a…