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

 

Article by Fiddle Viracola Amazing happened. As the Riverside California, Navy Veteran ceremony for my brother Joseph Rocco Viracola was beginning, Marines learned he was a nephew of Marine MOH Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone. (Aunt Lena, the hero’s Marine wife is buried there). IMMEDIATEDLY Marines flooded forth and joined in…

 
 

When Ralph Nutter finished his initial combat tour–25 B-17 bombing missions over France, Belgium, and Germany–he knew he was lucky too. But it’s the sort of luck that would give some people nightmares. Nutter had been quickly promoted to group navigator, flying with Colonel Curtis LeMay, a man he greatly admired. He had been awarded commendations and a flying cross and congratulated by U.S. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. from…

 
 

Budd Wentz and the great big whump: A World at War   Dr. William “Bud” Wentz in his Shaker…

 
 

Personal Stories WW II Veterans Party March 18, 2013 (Thomas J. Krebs died in November 2012, after attending our special WW II Veterans party September 7, 2012. After arriving in France on December 9, 1944 at age 19 years, Tom was bivouacked December 11 in Yvetot, France.) “We were totally unaware of a surprise German Army offensive on Dec. 16th.  They launched a massive breakthrough into the Ardennes Forest in Eastern…

 
 

Three Stories in the Battle of the Bulge (Arriving in France on December 9, 1944 at age 19 years, Thomas Krebs was bivouacked December 11 in Yvetot, France.)  We were totally unaware of a surprise German Army offensive on Dec. 16th.  They launched a massive breakthrough into the Ardennes Forest in Eastern Belgium, driving for Antwerp and hoping to split the Allied Forces. The 75th Division originally planned to join…

 
 

Sgt. Thomas J. Kreps Military History Dec. 14, 1943 – Jan. 21, 1946 The year was 1943 and I was graduated from Holy Name High School in Cleveland, Ohio, in June of that year.   I was only 17 years old and not yet ready to be drafted until I turned 18 that September.  In preparation for the draft, I took the Army specialized training test which I passed with flying colors. …

 
 

My Air Force Days by Malcolm Lawrence Sr. Seventy-one years ago, at age 18, I was inducted into the U.S. Army. The date was October 25, 1943. At Fort Meade, Maryland, I passed the exams for both Officers’ Candidate School and Air Cadet Training and chose the latter. I was sent to Miami Beach, Florida for basic training with high hopes of becoming a B-17 bomber pilot. During my time there, one…

 
 

Darrel E Gottsch US Army Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe October 8, 1942 to March 2, 1946

 
 

The Crucial and Happy Years of 1944 to 1949 Alexander Alan Scarborough, June 2015 Author: Origins of Universal Systems (2008) Graduation Day at the University of Georgia in Athens (June 7, 1944) occurred the day after the D-day invasion. As a science major I had been allowed to graduate via an accelerated course in three years; Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor during my first quarter at the University of Georgia (Dec. 7,…