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

 

My dad, A WWII vet, received a letter from Jim Roberts about preserving the memories of WWII thought oral history to their children and grandchildren. My dad thought of his granddaughter, My daughter, Mica Michaela Grace. This summer she wrote and recorded in Nashville with Keith Follese who was country music songwriter of the year in 2004. One of her song concepts came from her experience as…

 
 

Fritz Emil Wolf, WWII Fighter Pilot Fritz E. Wolf was born in Shawano, Wisconsin on February 8, 1916. He attended Shawano High School where he excelled in leadership, character and athletics. He graduated from High School in 1933. During that year he was on the football team that was conference champions and on the basketball team that went to the state playoffs. After graduation, Fritz received a basketball scholarship…

 
 

Howard H. Allen, Lt CEC US Navy VR. Executive Officer 26th Construction Battalion. I, Howard H. Allen, LT CEG, USN VR, Executive Officer 26th Construction Battalion, landed on Guadalcanal on the 24th of December 1942. We relieved the 6th Cbs and occupied their camp. One night I asked if they ever took passengers on their missions. He said, “Sure, We have a mission out tonight at 1900. Be…

 
 

Lt. Commander H.H. Allen Story Second Special US Naval Construction Battalion Company Baker June 2 to September 1, 1944 Company B, Second Naval Construction Battalion (Special) was attached to the Third Marine Division during the invasion of the island of Guam, Mariana Islands. Personnel of the company landed on Beach Red One, after 73 days aboard the USS Crescent City in transit. Under Lt. Fick, and Ensign Berry, 51…

 
 

Fletcher M. Glenn, 22nd Bomb Group 33rd Bomb Squadron I graduated from Kelly Field, Texas, in the class of 40E as a Second Lieutenant with an “Airplane pilot” rating. The summer of 1941 found me at Patterson Field near Dayton, Ohio teaching Russian pilots how to fly the B-26s which we were giving them under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program. With the Lend-Lease program we manufactured the goods and…

 
 

Larry Shatto If I may, I’d like to tell y’all a story about a true American Icon. The history of this Icon is a long and storied one that begins back in 1965 when her service to the nation began. Manufactured as a UH-1D with tail number 65-10091, she was purchased by the Army in August of 1966. The UH stood for “utility helicopter” which meant it was designed to perform…

 
 

Letters from The Rock …and words I meant to write. By Gary Macchioni Yo Mom, I just arrived in Country.  Cam Ranh Bay Air Base has the second largest Air Force Hospital in the world and where we live is one block from the beach.  All the armed services have bases here. Unlike the other services, we Air Force people live in a Country Club with modern bathrooms and air-conditioned…

 
 

DON’T  COUNT  HIM  OUT  YET ! Uncle Sam’s In A Jam.  But Not To Worry. Help’s On The Way From An Unlikely Source . …as told to Tony Welch An astounding number of American teenagers, both male and female, altered their birth dates in order to serve their country during World War Two. The practice reached its peak in 1943. Over time, nearly 50,000 were detected and sent home. Among the…

 
 

FURY, FUMAROLES AND BRIMSTONE The Japanese Named It Sulfur Island. The U. S. Marines Called It (Censored) by TONY WELCH For seven months – May through November, 1945 – George E. Pickett and three fellow sailors held sway over what would soon become the world’s most iconic and instantly recognizable piece of real estate. None of them held a trust deed to the property, and yet this foursome lorded over their patch of ground…

 
 

An Artilleryman Follows In His Father’s Footsteps by Tony Welch “I was standing on the back porch as he drove away in his car,” says Bob Lamkin. “And that’s the last I ever saw of him. I was six years old.” Lamkin, now 91, is referring to his father, Robert L. Lamkin, a veteran of the Spanish-American War (1898-99) and the Philippine Insurrection that closely followed. The senior Lamkin served during the latter…