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

 

On Feb 15 2004, I left for Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I never got to say good bye to my parents because I was already forward deploy in Germany and they were in Miami, Florida. So I often wrote my parents and called once a month to say hello. I had nothing really in common with my Dad so this was special to me to be in…

 
 

Born June 14, 1920, Jack Coyne attended school and high school at Winnetka, Illinois, then attended Cornell University at Ithaca, NY. He enlisted on October 11, 1941 from his hometown of Evanston, IL., became an Aviation Cadet April 27, 1942, trained at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, was commissioned as an Ensign on November 1, 1942, assigned to Naval Air Station Miami, Florida., promoted to Lieutenant Junior…

 
 

Killed in action – lost at sea on March 1, 1942. Served as a Seaman First Class aboard the seaplane tender USS Langley (AV-3), survived its sinking on February 27, 1942, was rescued and transferred to the USS Pecos (AO-6) which was then also sunk in the Battle of the Java Sea, on March 1, 1942, approximately 250 mile south-southeast of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, with…

 
 

Served as a rifleman with the 9th Infantry, “The Old Reliables,” 39th Infantry Regiment, “The Fighting Falcons – anything, anywhere, anytime, bar nothing,” Company E. Served from July 15, 1942 to September 22, 1945; overseas from March 17, 1943 to December 20, 1944. Trained at Camp Roberts, California with Company C, 81st Infantry Training Battalion. Engaged in first combat in Tunesia and was the first infantry unit to enter Bizerte. Returned…

 
 

“Deeds not Words” A narrative about WW 2, June 1944 Written By Earl King (1921-2001) Begin date: 16 Nov. 1999 at 1330 hours. enlisted service # RA 7030996 commissioned #01922677 SS# 333-10-6173. Edited by Bryan R. King September 20th, 2009 shoshin007@yahoo.com Born Nov. 27, 1921 in Marion, Illinois. Primary unit assignment during W.W. 2: I was a member of company B , 22nd Inf., 4th Inf. Div.

 
 

It is regretful how long it took me to find time for history. When I was a child, history was conveniently personified in the image of my great uncle Otis during visits to my grandparents’ house. Otis was a war hero, and on his rare Sunday visits, he was treated like dignitary. The admiration and awe exhibited by my relatives in his midst were lost on me, though, despite attempts…

 
 

D-Day Remembered My teenage grandson has never evidenced the slightest interest in my military career, my war experiences, nor, in fact, anything about my past. So it was quite a surprise when he asked me to write him a letter “about the most exciting day you can remember in WWII.” He explained that it was for his Grade 10 history class; an essay he was required to write. Oh. I…

 
 

We landed in Marseille, France on October 20, 1944. As we slowly sailed into the harbor of that war-torn city, I saw, for the first time, the terrible sight of the utter destruction of war. All wharves, docks and piers were in a frightful state of destruction from bombing and German demolition units. The sight was awesome; the devastation was beyond imagination. (more…)

 
 

Letter to children May 8, 1995 – 50th anniversary of V-E Day: Dear Jeff and Suci: This is yet another milestone in my life and I want to share some of my thoughts and feelings with you while they are still fresh. The compelling images of the celebrations and memorial services her and in Western Europe that I have seen today on television have aroused different emotions in me. On one…

 
 

Following is an account of several events that occurred in the Philippines during World War II. Since I was personally involved with these adventures 1944-45, and since it is now the year 2007, actual dates and places in which the described actions took place are subject to natural memory distortions. Hopefully, most dates and names of places will be given with a modicum of accuracy. However, the chronological…