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Witnesses from the war front

The power of THE WAR comes from the intimate, personal stories of American citizens who lived through the devastating period known as The Second World War. The individuals listed on this page experienced the battles fought in foreign countries and on the open seas.

Click on a name to see a biography and a list of video interviews, photographs and objects related to that witness.

Quentin Aanenson Quentin Aanenson »
Quentin Aanenson, the fifth of six children, was born on April 21, 1921, on a 160 acre farm five miles from Luverne ...
Maurice Bell Maurice Bell »
Maurice Bell was born in Mississippi on February 17, 1925, and grew up in the northeast corner of ...
Ward Chamberlin Ward Chamberlin »
Ward Chamberlin was born August 4, 1921 and grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut. The son of a successful corporate lawyer ...
Walter Ehlers Walter Ehlers »
Walter Ehlers was born on a farm in Junction City, Kansas on May 7, 1921, and enlisted in the Army in October of 1940 ...
Glen Frazier Glenn Frazier »
Glenn Dowling Frazier was born December 1, 1923 and grew up in the little farming town of Fort Deposit, Alabama. In the ...
Tom Galloway Tom Galloway »
Thomas M. Galloway (Tom), an only child, was born December 14, 1923 and grew up in Mobile ...
John Gray John Gray »
John Gray was born in his grandparents’ home in Chickasaw, Alabama on ...
Herndon Inge Herndon Inge »
Herndon Inge was born March 4, 1920, and was in the same high school class as Edward Sledge, the older brother of Eugene ...
Robert Kashiwagi Robert Kashiwagi »
Robert Kashiwagi was born February 11, 1919, in Hayward, California, and grew up 15 miles from Sacramento in Knights ...
Ray Leopold Ray Leopold »
Ray Leopold was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on December 13, 1914, the son ...
Dwain Luce Dwain Luce »
Dwain Luce was born April 25 1916, and grew up in Mobile. His father was in the lumber business. Luce graduated ...
Joe Medicine Crow Joe Medicine Crow »
Joe Medicine Crow was born October 27, 1913 on the Crow Indian reservation near ...
William Perkins William Perkins »
William Perkins was born on July 27, 1920 and grew up in Newport, RI. In 1943, Perkins was married ...
Ray Pittman Ray Pittman »
Alvy Ray Pittman, the son of a veteran of WWI, was born Dec. 5, 1922 near Columbia, MS. After finishing high school ...
Susumu Satow Susumu Satow »
Susumu Satow was born in 1923, in Mayhew, California and grew up on his family’s 20-acre farm in Sacramento. One of nine ...
Eugene Sledge Eugene Sledge »
Eugene B. Sledge was born in Mobile November 4, 1923, the grandson of Confederate officers. Bookish and frail as a child, he ...
Tim Tokuno Tim Tokuno »
Tim Tokuno was born and raised on a farm in Palermo, California in the Sacramento Valley. He was one of seven children ...
Sascha Weinzheimer Sascha Weinzheimer »
Sascha Weinzheimer was born Feb. 7, 1933. The daughter and granddaughter of wealthy planters with extensive ...
 
Pete Arias Pete Arias »
Pete Arias was born in 1923, one of nine siblings born to Mexican immigrants. He was raised on a farm in Los Angeles County ...
Earl Burke Earl Burke »
Earl Burke was born in Sacramento on August 18, 1923 and graduated from McClatchy High School. His only sibling ...
Babe Ciarlo Babe Ciarlo »
Corado “Babe” Ciarlo grew up in Waterbury. He wanted to join the Navy at 18, but his mother talked him out of it ...
James A. Fahey James Fahey »
James Fahey grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts, the youngest of four orphaned children. Two of his ...
Paul Fussell Paul Fussell »
Paul Fussell was born on March 22, l924, in Pasadena, Calif., the son of a successful corporate lawyer. On May 6, 1943 ...
Leo Goldberg Leo Goldberg »
Leo Goldberg, the son of a barber, was born July 25,1919 in Manhattan. His family moved to a secular Jewish neighborhood ...
Sam Hynes Sam Hynes »
Sam Hynes was born in Chicago on August 29, 1924, and grew up in Minneapolis. He ...
Daniel Inouye Daniel Inouye »
Daniel Inouye, the son of a Japanese immigrant, was born in Hawaii, Sept. 7, 1924. He was a 17 year old high school senior...
Bill Lansford Bill Lansford »
Bill Lansford, whose mother came to the United States from Juarez, Mexico, grew up in Latino neighborhoods in East L.A. ...
Emily Lewis Emily Lewis »
Emily Lewis, born in Paducah, Kentucky on April 5th, 1920, grew up in Little Rock ...
Charles Mann Charles Mann »
Charles Mann was born on his family’s 400 acre farm, 4 miles northwest of Luverne, on April 26, 1920. He was delivered ...
Burnett Miller Burnett Miller »
Burnett Miller was born on September 2, 1923 in Sacramento. His father ran ...
Sydney Phillips Sidney Phillips »
Sidney Phillips was born September 2, 1924, the younger brother of Katharine Phillips. His father, a teacher who became ...
Willie Rushton Willie Rushton »
Willie Rushton was born July 14, 1920 in Nadawah, Alabama, a town so small it is not on most maps. His grandfather ...
Harry Schmid Harry Schmid »
Harry Schmid was born in 1921, a fifth generation Sacramentan. His father worked for the telephone company and ...
Walter Thompson Walter Thompson »
Walter “Mac” Thompson was born on September 10th, 1924 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. While a student at ...
Joseph Vaghi Joseph Vaghi »
Joseph Vaghi was born in Bethel, Connecticut on June 27, 1920, one of 9 children born to Italian immigrants. His father owned ...