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Chronicling Greatnesss War Profiles, Audio & Video Clips
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COMMANDER WILLIS EVERERTT (BILL) HARDY, Navy, World War II Veteran, ACE, on Remembering where he was on December 7th, 1941

 

LT (jg) WILLIAM L. WILHOIT, World War II, Navy,
Navy Cross Recipient, on D-Day.

COLONEL RICHARD D. WANDKE, Vietnam War, Army Distinguished Service Cross Recipeint, on decisions and good fortune.

 
 
 

LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE FRED LEROY DUNGAN 
World War II, Navy Navy Cross & Fighter Pilot ACE on
night flights and the Samauri.

CPL. JOE COLLIE, 397th Infantry Regiment,
100th Infantry Division, on after Marseille, France. Fall, 1944.

 
<< Hear More on Marseille, France with CPL. JOE COLLIE.
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CPL. JOE COLLIE, 397th Infantry Regiment,
100th Infantry Division

World War II ~ Cpl. Joe Collie
397th Infantry Regiment,
100th Infantry Division


 

 

LT GENERAL SNOWDEN recalls his time on Iwo Jima

World War II
Distinguished Service Medal
Lt. Gen. Lawrence Snowden, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division

 

PFC BOB ZIMMER on encountering the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.

 

PFC Bob Zimmer recounts one of his World War II experiences.
NOW AVAILABLE. Read his full story in the American Heroes of War Book Series.

 

VERNON J. BAKER recounts his Italian "mascott".

Medal of Honor Recipient
Vernon J. Baker recounts one of
his World War II experiences.
NOW AVAILABLE. Read his
full story in the American Heroes of War Book Series.

HOWARD HYLE recounts one of his World War II experiences.

 

Howard Hyle recounts one of his World War II experiences.

Howard Hyle recounts one of his World War II experiences.

 

GEORGE FISKE recounts one of his World War II experiences.

George Fiske recounts one of his World War II experiences. 

World War II, Korea & Vietnam
Tuskegee Airman

Colonel Charles McGee

 

Colonel McGee has flown a
record 409 combat missions
over three wars, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

COLONEL CHARLES McGEE recounts his first aerial combat victory.

DUANE E. ROBERTSON, RMC, USN on the Japanese attack on the
USS Yorktown (CV-5) June 4, 1942 at the Battle of Midway.

"Upon leaving Pearl (Harbor) for Midway we did not know what was up but we suspected that it was something big as we were sent out before repairs were satisfactori1y completed on the ship. Everyone was a little apprehensive. 

 

At Midway I was a Seaman 2C (Radioman striker). My battle station was in radio central and generally I manned the 500kcs circuit. From my perspective, being closed up inside, the battle of Midway mirrored the battle of the Coral Sea. That was, up to the point that the torpedoes struck. Each hit caused a sudden lurch of the ship and soon we had a large list to the port side. 

 

We had also lost power which had us depending on emergency lighting for what light we had. No communications were available at this time that I am aware of. Being cooped up made the battle seem much long than it actually was. Most were saying silent prayers and praying that it would soon be over. The bomb that hit the gun mount just aft of the superstructure gave us quite a jolt. 

 

When the word was given to abandon ship we found that the main hatch to radio central was jammed and could not be opened as hard as we tried. In single file we made our way from radio central through the communications office and into the crypto room. In the overhead of the crypto room was a scuttle. We crawled up on a desk and were able to pull ourselves up through the scuttle. I can't remember if we went up another deck or not but we ended up on the bridge. 

 

From the bridge we had no trouble getting back to the flight deck. It was a sickening to see all of the dead shipmates from the gun mount and all of the destruction that had be done our beloved ship. Everyone I saw had a life preserver. When the order was given to abandon ship there was no panic or fighting for lines. Several lines had been lowered over the starboard side, mostly aft of the superstructure, to the water. I don’t think that a conscious effort was made by anyone to line their shoes up. I took mine off and set them together with those already there. It seems to me that sailors of that time were neat by nature. I experienced no problem in going down the line. The water had quite a bit of debris and a lot of oil."

 

Duane E. Robertson, RMC, USN(Ret)

World War II
Duane E. Robertson, RMC, USN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USS Yorktown
stopped and burning June, 4 1942

 
 
Duane E. Robertson, RMC, USN -
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World War II

602nd Air Engineering Squadron

SGT Harry Quinton

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HARRY QUINTON recounts the Freeman Field incident.
 

Freeman Field Indiana Incident On April 5, 1945, members of the 477th Bombardment Group attempted to integrate an all-white officers’ club. Military regulations said any officers’ club was open to any officer, but Freeman Field, near Seymour, Ind., had two officers’ clubs. One for blacks and one for whites.

 

"A group of black officers go into the white officers club, they asked to be served, they were refused, they were asked to leave and they refused to leave and they were placed under arrest. Shortly there after another group came in and the same thing happens. Within a short time 60 black officers, one of them was Coleman Young, (future mayor of Detroit) he was a Tuskegee airman, had gone into the so called white officers club and been arrested. Colonel Selway (the white base commander) had confiscated the run-down, former noncommissioned for the black officers and they called it "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and they wouldn't even go there.

 

Selway gets kinda upset and shuts down both clubs. He issues a new base order that basically reads in effect if you know who you are you know which club you should go to.. I'm paraphrasing here but you understand. He called in all the black officers to read it and sign it. He reminds them that refusing a direct order in war time you can be shot. 101 refused to sign it.

 

...Thurgood Marshall (future associate justice of the United States Supreme Court) sent lawyers from Chicago from the NAACP. Theodore M. Berry, (future mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio,) and another lawyer. (Lieutenant William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr., (future United States Secretary of Transportation under President Gerald Ford.) They were the ones who where defending these people.

 

Three of them were actually court martialed. Terry was dishonorably discharged and fined $150 because they say he pushed an (white) officer when he came into the club, the other two were acquitted." (In 1995, 50 years after his conviction, the U.S. Army pardoned Terry, restored his rank and gave him back his $150.)

 

--- Harry Quinton
 

Harry Quinton on Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

 

"Colonel Davis (Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr.) returns (from Europe) to the states and he is given command of this outfit and the base. Selway and his people are relieved of duty and now we have an all black organization. I think that was the greatest moment for me in the service when that morning when our commanding officer came out and he was a black guy dressed in his tunic, with his wings on, his ribbons on I felt like now we really accomplished something, seen something."

 

Circa June 1945

 

--- Harry Quinton

 

GENERAL WILLIAM WARD on being in the Pentagon on 9/11.

General William Ward, Inaugural Commander of the United States Africa Command, US Army.