Never Will We Forget: Oral Histories of World War II
Never Will We Forget deals with the most enduring and moving side of World War II, the personal side. These are the stories of some 400 men and women, who, though they experienced the war in wildly different ways, were all profoundly affected by it. Gleaned from interviews and oral histories, the book reflects the experiences of male and female veterans, civilians on the home front, conscientious objectors, survivors of the torpedoing of the USS Indianapolis and of typhoons, participants in the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Some stories tug at the heart, some foster the shock of surprise, still others reflect the long-held pride in the American war effort at home and abroad. From the first dark stirrings of war through its dusty aftermath, Never Will We Forget captures how Americans lived, felt, and believed during the twentieth century's most brutal conflict.
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After several more calls the voice came over the speaker again instructing all
Marines to report to their barracks now. By this time interest in the game had
ebbed and there was much buzzing in the stands about just what was happening
Together they signed up to become pilots, although each in a different branch of
the service: one in the Army Air Force, one for Navy Aviation, and one for Marine
Aviation. Each passed his physical exam; however, Warren, on the first round, ...
In short order, the Marine Corps won out.27 Tom Dutch had been at the movies
on Pearl Harbor Day and had come home to hear the news of the bombing. Pearl
Harbor seemed far away in distance and in time, and he gave little thought to ...
The Women Marines included 800 officers and 14,000 enlisted women. Not to be
overlooked were the WASPS (Women Airforce Service Pilots) who numbered
1,074. In addition, some 60,000 women served in the Army Nurse Corps and ...
According to Chris Kittleson, they proved to be very responsible and extremely
happy to be in America and not out risking their lives on the bloody battlefields of
Europe.10 Betty Drake, an Alabamian, enlisted in the Marine Corps believing that
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The Paciﬁc Scene
Tragedy at Sea
German POW Camps
The Softer Side of War
The Lighter Side of War
The Home Front
The Good and the Sad
The Atom Bomb and VJ Day
The Aftermath of War
The Later Years
Japanese POW Camps
Luck Fate Providence and Guardian Angels