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

 

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…

 
 

Obituary FROM: EMERALD COAST FUNERAL HOME Phone: 850-864-3361 Fax: 850-864-2483 Adanto A.S. D’Amore, M.D. (Col, USAF, Ret.) known as “D” or “Dr. D” to his many friends and acquaintances passed away peacefully on April 28, 2009 with his family by his side. He was born in Introdacqua, Italy on May 21, 1913. D, his mother and brother joined their father in Youngstown, Ohio at the close of WWI, where he attended high…

 
 

This is part of the first chapter that makes up the military profile of my deceased husband. Having only one liners to work with, searching the internet linked me with seven comrades that served with him. Three of them opened the world of rigging (packing) parachutes and validated the once unknown. A complete package of his experiences and the environment wherein he served was a Christmas gift for his…

 
 

On December 7th, 1941, after hearing the announcement of the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor, I was walking up the street in my hometown, Lakeview, Long Island, and ran into my cousin. We said simultaneously, “I hope it lasts long enough for me to get into it.” I was 15 years old; he was 16. I remember songs like Let’s Remember Pearl Harbor and Were Going to Have to Slap…

 
 

As a young lad in my teens in the late 1930’s, I was well aware of world events taking shape in Europe. Before going to bed at night Mother and I listened to the late night news on the radio. I listened out of curiosity and went right to sleep. Mother listened because she had three sons and perhaps did not sleep so well as I. The rise of the…

 
 

As I prepared to return to Normandy in the spring of ’96, my thoughts of D-Day surfaced once again. I remembered the two-day crossing of the Channel; the starts and stops, the pitch darkness, the seasick troops. We reached the coastal waters off Normandy at dawn, 6 June. Our deployment for Utah Beach came on Wave 13 – on LCT 456. One hundred feet of steel, a crew of…