“I saw so many people over there who were blown up that I don’t care for any more wars.” — Harry Roberson Continue reading
“Every night we were strafed by the Germans. I was scared to death. The troops had Garand semi-automatic rifles but all I had to defend myself was my carbine.” — William Callison Continue reading
“It was horrible is all I can say. And it’s just wonderful that you can forget all of that … These people we fought, they didn’t want to fight anymore than we did.”
— Lowell Lehman Continue reading
“We arrived off the main Japanese islands several hundred miles off Tokyo. The assignment for our whole task force was to hit military targets in the main Japanese islands and knock out their ability to wage war. Their main assignment: knock us out of the water.”
— Fred White Continue reading
By REGGIE CHISOLM As told to Chace Anderson I went up to Buffalo and talked to the recruiters. I told them I wanted to join the Navy. The guy there sees I’m about 25 and says, “What do you do?” … Continue reading
“The plane was on the ground, and the wings were folded back when one gun had an accidental discharge. If the wings had been in the flying position, the bullets might have done more damage than just boring holes in the concrete. After that incident, they didn’t load guns until planes were ready to leave.”
— Ken Finigian Continue reading
Halfway through my Navy assignment to Midway Island in 1943, I saw something I’ll never forget. I was a reel operator in a target tow Grumman J2F biplane. One day, when I was not scheduled to fly, a pilot named Binsfield gave a radio repair man a ride in one of the Grumman J2F biplanes. As the three men flew around the island, we suddenly heard this loud noise and saw smoke in the sky. The J2F plane had collided with a Marine F4U Corsair that was landing on the north end of the island. It was a terrible shock as we watched the black smoke spiraling into the air. Both planes were wrecked and all four men were killed. Continue reading
We were going toward the Seig River. This was the first day of heavy combat where we knew we were going to be engaged. One guy broke down and cried and was mentally unable to accept the fact that we were going into mortal combat. It was interesting to see how he was treated. We were not kind. He stayed back and was lying on the ground crying.
— Del Dow Continue reading
I had seen enough newsreels to know the Army wasn’t for me. No sir. I didn’t want the infantry. I figured it would be much better to be on a ship, and that’s why I signed up for the Navy.
— Dick Pollock Continue reading
We had some excitement the first night we entered the Mediterranean. Late that night, we heard general quarters sound, so we all went to our battle stations. There were German aircraft overhead. The whole convoy was told not to fire until we could see what was developing. Then all of a sudden, on one of the ships, someone started firing …
— Don Wolfe Continue reading