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

 

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…

 
 

I went to visit Normandy and travel the path our Dad’s did after landing on Utah Beach D Day+6 and put this You Tube show together to share the memory. This is a presentation put together to honor the 951st Field Artillery Battalion

 
 

1942-1946 Commissioned as an ensign in the US Maritime Service at the height of the “American Shooting Season” for German U-boats, he first served above oil tankers on the Houston – New York Run. Later, he served aboard Liberty ships ferrying bombs and supplies to North Africa and Europe. One ship was named the Comerford. Wounded by shrapnel during the German air attack at Anzio, Italy, he was promoted to the…

 
 

Nearing my 85th birthday on July 4, 2010, I wondered about the existence and history of my old Army outfit during WWII, Even as a tyro with my laptop computer I tried out “Google” for the first time. I entered “287th Combat Engineer Battalion.” I was unsuccessful. I initially  added “George Patton’s 3rd Army.” What came up was the American Veterans Center and a letter dated May 8, 1995…

 
 

“Welcome Home” As a nineteen-year-old college drop out, forty years ago on this past August 18th, I was being pushed and shoved off a bus at MCRD, San Diego, California, as we ‘boots’ were trying desperately to move as fast was we could for what we were all sure was a bunch of rabid DI’s. They were after all, foaming at the mouth. With my voluntary three year enlistment, when…