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

 

ANZIO I was assigned as a replacement to the 5th Army, 45th Division, 179th Regiment, on January 20, 1944. After a few days, the 179th was detached from the 45th and attached to the 1st armored division, and on January 22nd, made an amphibious landing on Anzio. The landing caught the Germans completely off guard, and we went inland about five miles, made our foxholes, and awaited orders. Some rangers joined…

 
 

Coincidences? I Can’t Believe It! or God Was On Our Side May 23rd 1945: We, a bomber crew flying “Uncle Sam’s Milk Wagon,” took off from Tinian Island in the Marianas, sixty miles north of Guam. Destination: Tokyo. All went well on our 7-hour flight to Tokyo; everything was routine. When we started our bombing run, for some unknown and unexplained reason, I did not put the Automatic pilot on “standby”…

 
 

To crash-land in the Bay of Bengal was dangerous at night (we were apprehensive) but of more concern to me was the wounded on board. The Bay of Bengal was full of man-eating barracudas and they were attracted to blood, which we had a lot of. Before I left the cockpit to make the radio call, I instructed the co-pilot to contact each crewmember and inform them that…

 
 

UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU After graduating in June 1941 from the College of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. with a bachelor’s degree in political science, I didn’t need to worry about how I was going to put all that knowledge to work for me. While my long interest in world geography and history made the foreign service look to…

 
 

All the Way Story by Christian Knutson of Swan Valley High School It was the early morning hours of June the 6th, 1944 – D-Day! The noisy C-47 was filled with paratroopers waiting to begin the assault on Fortress Europe during World War II. As the airplane flew over the French coast, anti-aircraft weapons opened fire. Through the noise of the aircraft and the burst of anti-aircraft shells, the jumpmaster’s commands…

 
 

World War II Experiences Seabees, Pearl Harbor George W. Larson of Altoona, Iowa, during World War II (WWII), was assigned to the 135th United States Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees). On March 17, 1944, Larson entered WWII, giving up his job at an arms plant in Ankeny, Iowa, departing Des Moines, Iowa by train. He was assigned to Company 351-444, Camp Waldron, United States Naval Training Station, Farragut, Idaho, near Lake Pend…

 
 

World War II Memories It was two AM and the night duty Non-Com had just stuck his head in the door of our hut awakening the six of us who had just hit the sack less than an hour before after a night and ay of revelry in London. We weren’t supposed to fly today but the mission called for a maximum effort for our squadron. Our radio operator was really hung-over…

 
 

Tribute to a Soldier I’d like to tell you a soldier’s story… There was this guy a long time ago who was sent to war. Didn’t like the thought of it very much, never thought in 1939 he’d ever have to kill someone or in 1943 wind up at a place no one, not even he, knew of its existence. But he did have to kill people to defend an idea…

 
 

Woman’s Airforce Service Pilot Class 44W3 Hanging Flyer People who know I flew airplanes in the 5th Ferry Command for the Women’s Air Force Service pilots during World War II often ask me if I had any scary experiences. They inquire, “Did you ever get scared?” (more…)

 
 

GUSS RAZORBACK IN LITTLE ROCK The sleek black hull was stark in contrast to the gaily bedecked red and white paddle wheeler Arkansas Queen. Both vessels were tied to warfs across the Arkansas River near each other at North Little Rock. Viewed from an upper floor in The Peabody Hotel on the south bank, the river is alluring. A long string of gravel barges was being pushed under one of…