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

 

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…

 
 

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.