20 June, 2021

World War II Interviews

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Alexander, James USMC Bar-Man Andrews, Rev. Army Inf. France Angier, Francis B-17 Pilot 33 Missions Angier, Francis B-17 Pilot POW Bahlau, Fred 101st Airborne Bakker, Amy Java under Japanese rule Bavier, Don Army POW Japan Beal, Harold USN Omaha Beach 12 Hrs. D-Day Black, Bob 82nd Airborne 4 combat jumps Bleil, Eugene MD Bataan Death […]

Brown, Woody

Posted on 26 October, 2012 by in ,

Woody tells what fighting in the Pacific on Peleliu was like.   It was 115 degrees and the Marines had to drink water from containers that had held gasoline before they were used for their drinking water.  Woody drank out of mud puddles  because the water from the cans tasted so bad.  Woody was wounded […]

Bleil, Dr. Eugene

Posted on 26 October, 2012 by in ,

I have two interviews that were taken in November of 2011 with Dr. Bleil.  On the first interview which covers his history from Dec 7th 1941 (the 8th of Dec. in the Philippines).  Quickly Dr. Bleil who is a airplane mechanic until the attack by the Japanese is given 15 minutes of infantry training and […]

Bahlau, Fred

Posted on 26 October, 2012 by in ,

I would like to blog today to tell you about a man named Fred Bahlau who I have known for six years.  Fred was born in 1923 in Michigan.  He enlisted in the Army where he soon volunteered to become a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division.  Fred started his training at Ft. Benning and […]

Brininstool, Don

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

Written by Larry Martin: “Don was born in 1921. Don was a personal friend of mine for about two years before he passed away in his sleep in 2008 in Florida. Don was a strapping man in his youth, the Army did not pick little men very often as Paratroopers which is what Don did […]

Bridge, Jack

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

Jack was in the Army’s 36th Infantry Division.  He was wounded terribly at the Rapido River in southern Italy in 1943.

Bradway, Edith

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

Edith was born in 1923 and enlisted in the Navy in 1943. She was storekeeper in Memphis and then in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During her time in Pearl Harbor in 1944 she saw one of her friends get killed in a lift truck accident. She ultimately enjoyed her military service and felt that she did a valuable service for […]

Black, Bob

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

Bob made more combat parachute jumps than any other man I have interviewed. He jumped into Sicily, Salerno Italy, Normandy, and Holland. He tells of the training it takes to be a paratrooper. Hearing his story truly causes one to marvel at the raw guts that it must take to jump out of a plane at night behind […]

Bavier, Don

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

Don was in the Army on the Island of Corrigidor in Manila Bay after the fall of Bataan on April 9th 1942. The Japanese Army fired as many as 16,000 rounds of artillery per day at Corrigidor. Many men have described an artillery barrage as the worst thing in war because there is absolutely nothing you can do to protect […]

Bakker, Amy

Posted on 4 October, 2012 by in ,

Amy was born in Java Indonesia in 1920. She was part Indonesian and Dutch. She was married to a Dutchman who ran a rubber plantation on Java when the war broke out on Dec. 8th (the same day as the attack on Pearl Harbor, Java was across the International date line). Her husband Paul was […]