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PictureLast NameFirst NameBranchDivision/CompanyVeterans Stories
AdkinsDavid C.ArmyInfantry 3rd DivisionI went into the Army Infantry on July 26th, 1940 and was stationed at Fort Ord, California (more...)
AldersonRobert E.ArmyI received the Europe-Africa-Mideast Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon (more...)
AlesandriniAngeloArmy Air ForceP-47 Fighter PilotAngelo Alesandrini thought his fighter plane had been shot down. The first lieutenant had (more...)
AndersonAlbert Emil JrArmyInfantry, CorporalHometown: Norword Park Township, IL. Albert served in the Army from April 18, 1941 to (more...)
AndersonRobert EmmanuelMarinesKIAHometown: Norwood Park Township, IL Robert began service April 12, 1944 after graduating (more...)
ArmstrongJack R.ArmyAmbulance Driver ETOJack Armstrong joined the U.S. Army at East Saint Louis, Illinois. He attained the rank of Private (more...)
AshRobert M.Marines1st Division, 3rd Battalion He was sent to Officer Training in Philadelphia and after his graduation was assigned as a Marine recruiter for 6 Midwest colleges. His next assignment in May, 1941 was aboard the USS Colorado in the South Pacific. (more...)
BaerLeondard AArmy5th Armored DivisionLeonard A. Baer joined the U.S. Army from his hometown of Melrose Park, Illinois. He served in (more...)
BaiseWilliam "Bill"Army81st Wilcat Div.He was assigned to the 81st Wildcat Infantry Division that was headquartered at Camp Jackson (more...)
BeckDonald LeeNavyDonald Lee Beck was inducted into the U. S. Navy at Great Lakes, Illinois in 1943. He received (more...)
BeltonCecil K. "Tuck"ArmyAir CorpCecil K. Belton enlisted in the Army Air Corps in Peoria, Illinois in August 1942 at the age of 20. I was (more...)
BeynonThomas R.NavyThomas Beynon was born October 11, 1925 in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Thomas and (more...)
BirdWilliam G. Lt.NavyWilliam G. Bird served in World War II in the United States Navy. He was 20 years old when he(more...)
BoydRalph V.Army15th Mobil T.C.I was inducted into service on January 25, 1943 at Scott Field, Illinois. From there I was sent to Camp (more...)
BreedenRichardArmy78th Lightning DivisionRichard Breeden 78th Lightning Division Place of Entry: Scott Field, Illinois 309th Armor Service (more...)
BristolMabel MerriamWAVESI was 34 years old when entering the WAVES and served for 32 months from December 1942 (more...)
BrockmeyerOlyn AArmySgt. South PacificOlyn A. Brockmeyer was born June 13, 1921 in Harvel, Illinois, the son of William and Edna (more...)
BuchananCharles "Bill"ArmyPTOWe left for the Pacific Theater of war in July, 1944 and served in four campaigns in the Pacific (more...)
BurtchLee FrancisNavyRadiomanLee Francis Burtch was born in Springfield, Illinois on October 19, 1920 the son of Lee and Marie Burtch. (more...)
BushRalphArmy Air Corps34th Bomb Group -Pilot 30 missions ETOThe 34th Bomb Group was stationed at Mendelsham, England, Station 156 from which my crew and I (more...)
CagneyJoseph PhillipArmyInfantry 96th Division, 381st Regiment, Company KJoseph Philip Cagney was born on August 10, 1924, and lived in Oak Park, a suburb due west of (more...).
CanavanWilliam P.NavyWilliam P. Canavan was born in Cowenbeath Fife Scotland on September 25, 1919.  He is the (more...)
CarriganMaurice "Bud"Army2nd Lieutenant –Transportation CorpI was drafted into the U. S. Army in September 1942 at 21 years of age. I received my basic training (more...)
CharisWilliam J.Army87th InfantryWilliam was sent to Le Havre, France and went by boxcar to the front lines arriving on January (more...)
CharlesMaurice A.MarinesCapt. - Distinguished Flying CrossMaurice A. Charles joined the U.S. Marine Corps and achieved the rank of Captain. He served (more...)
ChristianRichard C.Army11th Infantry DivisionRichard C. Christian, home town Dayton, Ohio, was assigned to the Army Specialized Training (more...)
ClarkJames N.MarinesGuadalcanal, Iwo JimaJames N. Clark joined the U.S. Marine Corps in June of 1942 and was sent to boot camp at San Diego, (more...)
ClumpArden H.ArmyHuertgen Forest/RhinelandLike many soldiers my age, I went to Europe as a replacement. That meant a speedy trip to and through (more...)
CordierGeorgeMarines3rd Joint Assault Signal CompanyI was drafted September 8, 1943 and chose the Marine Corps. After boot camp at Parris Island, (more...)
CordtsRoy G.ArmyWe sailed on May 6, 1944 taking a zig zag course to a void German submarines and planes in the (more...)
CoxVirgilArmy705th Ordinance Co. 6th InfantryIn June, 1943, he was assigned to the 706th Ordnance Company, a unit of the 6th Infantry (more...)
DecatoireAlexanderCoast GuardChemical Warfare Spec.Alexander was trained as a gas instructor, in chemical warfare and in anti-aircraft. He was (more...)
DeVaneyJohn ThomasNavyUSS Nevada - Pearl HarborI was enlisted in the U. S. Navyy on November 25, 1940 at the at the age of 18. John was born on March(more...)
DivjakFrankArmyMedicFrank Divjak of Auburn, Illinois was 22 years old when he entered the U.S. Army. He was trained as a (more...)
DivjakKarl C.ArmyKarl received the American Defense Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Medal (more...)
DixonDale WArmyNormandy, N France, Battle of the BulgeDale served in the European Theater of Operations in three campaigns, including Normandy, Northern (more...)
DonnoeCarl E.USAAFt/Sgt. 417th Bombardment Group, 675th BombandmentCarl E. Donnoe USAAF T/Sgt. 5th Air Force 417th Bombardment Group (Light) 675th Bombardment (more...)
DoyleJackNavyUSS TennesseeI had been in the U.S. Navy two years before World War II began and was stationed aboard the battleship (more...)
DraovlecAlbertNavyRadioman 1st ClassHe achieved the rank of Radioman 1st Class and served for 5 years (more...)
DraovlecLouisArmy Air CorpsLouis achieved the rank of Flight Officer and received the Air Medal and two Campaign Ribbons (more...)
DubiosEmmaWACShe was assigned to Ft. McClellen, AL, Ft,. Gordan, Georgia and Ft. Meade, Maryland (more...)
DubiosJames A.ArmyExpertMarksmanJames received the Good Conduct Medal, Expert Marksman Medal and the Presidential Citation Pin (more...)
DuckworthIva Lee SymesWAVESIva Lee Symes was born in Wright City, Missouri on November 3, 1923 and enlisted in (more...)
DuckworthMarion E. "Goose"Army Air CorpsMarion Eugene “Goose” Duckworth was born in Fayette County, Illinois on February (more...)
DuganEldon DarrellNavyBeach Master, CBIDuring his period of service, Eldon served as a beach master. The primary location was on the mainland (more...)
DuikerWesArmy Air CorpsPilot B-26 MaraiderI was attending college when I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. It was November, 1942. After two years of (more...)
DuncanJames J.ArmyPRC Combt InfantrymanWorld War II Europe (1943-1946) James J. Duncan was born 12 Jan 1924 in Ilsley, KY. He was the son (more...)
DurbinReuben AugustaNavyUSS Harris - Army TransportHe was sent to Great Lakes Naval Station in Missouri and then transferred to Norfolk, Virginia. (more...)
EbelRussell IrvingArmy8th Army - IX CorpsI was inducted into service from Belleville Illinois on November 18, 1944 and sent to Chicago, Illinois.
EdwardsLawrence C.Army41st Infantry Division PTOLarry Edwards enlisted in the U. S. Army on August 10,1942 at Chicago, Illinois. He completed (more...).
ElmoreRobert HarveyNavyPilot -Lt. Commander South PacificRobert joined the Navy in 1942 and served as a Navy carrier pilot in the South Pacific. He achieved (more...)
EmmonsEarlArmyI was was sworn into the Army in Peoria, Illinois on September 11, 1942. At the time he was working as a poultry dresser at Armour and Company in Lincoln, Illinois.(more...)
EnriettoJohn J. Sr.Merchant MarinesRosebud, vesselHe served on the vessel “Rosebud” and on several ocean going merchant ships(more...)
EnriettoRichardArmyKIA-ETO - Pfc.This is an article which appeared in the Auburn Citizenon Friday, Feb. 9, 1945 (more...)
FedorEdward A.Army11th Airborne Parachute InfantryEdward received the Expert M1 Rifle Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the WW II Victory Medal, the (more...)
FlansburghHarold G.Army Air Corps50th Fighter Control SquadronHarold G. Flansburgh entered service from his hometwon of Chicago, Illinois. He served in the (more...)
FlansburghJohn J.Army167th Engineers, ETOJohn J. Flansburgh serveed with the 167th Engineers in the European Theatre of Operations(more...)
ForemanJohn G.Army467th AntiAircraft Artillery, Battery AJohn J. Foreman joined the U.S. Army from his hometown of Forest Park, Illinois. He served with (more...)
ForemanRay F.Army66th Infantry DivisionRay Foreman joined the U.S. Army from his hoemtown of Forest Park, Illinois. Ray saw action with (more...)
FrancoVincent P.Army Air CorpsRadio Operater Aerial Gunner (B17); Aviation Cadet - BombardierVincent Franco entered active duty in the U.S. Army on October 12, 1942 at Fort Sheridan, (more...)
FranzGeneArmy413th Regiment, M Co., Machine Gunner - Timber WolvesI was assigned to M Company as a machine gunner in the 413th Regiment. Our Division served in Belgium (more...)
FrenchArden EarlArmy Air CorpsCapt.Arden Earl French grew up and was educated in the area of Stewardson, Illinois. Earl completed (more...)
GadburyJames LMarines3rd Div., 9th Regiment, C CompanyLes Gadbury enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1942 at the U.S. Marine Recruit Depot in San (more...).
GebhardtElbert Julius, Jr.Army106th Cavalry, Reconaissance Group, F TroopMy name is Elbert Julius Gebhardt, Jr. and I am a World War II veteran. I served as a tank (more...)
GenettiFrank, Leonard, Charles, BernardArmy and NavyAll the Genetti Brothers enlisted….(more...)
GenettiFrankNavyUSS CasablancaFrank Genetti entered WWII as a volunteer at the age of 34. Selling all his farm equipment and (more...)
GeraghtyJoseph CavanughNavyUSS HancockU.S. Navy Aviator, bombing squadron 7, USS Hancock. Direct hit on Japanese cruiser (more...)
GobleRobert W.Army Air CorpsSquadron Commander -484th Bomb Group, 826 Bomb Squadron, and the 49th Bomb Wing Pilot Flew 50 Mission -ETOLess than a fourth made it to Pilot Pre-Flight, which was at Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Alabama. (more...)
GoodwinGeorgeArmy8th Infantry Div.Sometime around June, 1944, Dad was shipped to Fort Kilmer, New Jersey, for processing and (more...)
GoretskiJean DavisNavyWAVESOur duties consisted of serving Navy sailors awaiting re-assignment, replacing lost orders or (more...)
GossWilliam Allen, Jr.Coast GuardCaptain of Port, NYBill was initially stationed at Brooklyn, New York where he trained for Captain of the Port duty under (more...)
GraffJames G.Army35th Infantry Div.On January 4, 1945 we loaded into open trucks and drove about 90 miles with the temperature just (more...)
GreenFloyd H.Army Air CorpsBombardierFloyd H. Green joined the U. S. Army Air Forces from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. He saw active (more...)
GreenGeorge J.Marines2nd Battalion, 10th Div., 1st BrigadeGeorge J. Green joined the U.S. Marine Corps from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. He served (more...)
GullettWilliam W.Army Air CorpsI was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1922 and graduated from Springfield High School in 1940. (more...)
GurickBernardBernard J. Gurick was born in Gillespie, Illinois on July 15, 1915 and passed away at age 87 on (more...)
GyorkosSteveArmyCargo CheckerSteve was assigned to be a Cargo Checker which included boarding ship, checking and delivering (more...)
HaleMelvinArmy3rd DvisionOn September 9, 1943, Mel’s unit landed at Salerno, Italy with the 3rd Division. On the third (more...)
HalerzJoseph A.NavyKIA - Seaman 1st ClassJoseph A. Halerz joined the United States Navy from his home State of Illinois. Joe was born (more...)
HaalandCarlos O.ArmyPFC Combat InfantrymanCarlos O. Haaland was born February 24, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of Carl and (more...)
HarrisWalterArmy87th Div.I am a veteran of World War II. I graduated from Saint Mel's High School in Chicago on June 5 (more...)
HeiderscheidM. V.NavyLt. CommanderM. V. Heiderschied was 25 years old when he joined the United States Navy and served during (more...)
HeimburgerCamilleFrench RefugeeEscaped the GestapoI was born and raised in Haguenau Alsace, France. At the beginning of World War II, Nazi,(more...)
HensonDaroldArmyInfantry - Normany, Battle of the BulgeDarold saw action throughout the European Theater of Operations, specifically in the (more...)
HerronWilliam B.NavyUSS Pitt Naval Supply DepotWilliam B. Herron entered military service at the age of 19 years of age during World (more...)
HoodakHelen A.NavyWAVESHelen also served in the navy Nurse Corps during the Korean War at the Naval Hospital (more...)
HoodakJoseph Sr.NavyReserves - Age 38Joseph Hoodak, Sr. joined the U.S. Navy Reserves at the age of 38(more...)
HoodakMary K.WAVESUSNR Navy Nurse CorpsMary K. Hoodak joined the U.S. Navy Reserves during World War II at the age of 28 years. (more...)
HoodakStephenNavyStephen Hoodak entered the United States Navy Reserves at the age of 31 and served (more...)
HuberRobert HenryArmyRadioman - SupplyBob's military specialty was that of supply clerk where he handled navigation (more...)
HummelFredrick D.Army Air CorpsAviation Mechanics MateThe following memories were submitted by his wife Mary. Fred was one (more...)
IppolitoWilliam D.Army285th FAOBThe 285th FAOB was engaged in 27 battles from September 19, 1944 to May 11, 1945. (more...)
JacksonCapt. Earl LArmyARNG OfficerThe story of U.S. Army Capt. Earl L. Jackson and his family is one of sacrifice. A widowed (more...)
JeglinskiJoseph StanleyArmyMy Grandpa, Corporal Joseph Stanley Jeglinski was born in Rome, New York (more...).
KennedyJohn FrancisNavyBombing Squadron 17He received operational training in TBM’s at Miami, Florida and qualified (more...)
KennedyRobert B.ArmyPatton's 3rdLike tens of thousands of 18 year old guys in 1944, I reported for basic training (more...)
KetchumCharles RexMarinesC. Rex Ketchum joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940 at Springfield, IL. and served (more...)
KetchumLeo EdwardMarines22nd Brigade, 6yh Corp RegimentAfter basic training at Paris Island, South Carolina, his 22nd Marine Brigade(more...)
KillenWilliam H.NavyRadiomanI was 19 years old when a friend of mine, Chet Everhart, and I decided to join the (more...)
KirktonWillis "Bill"Army Air Corps467th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air ForceB-24 Missions Over Germany I entered military service at the age of 17 years and (more...)
KleinEarl J.Army37th Div.Earl J. Klein joined the United States Army from his hometown of Forest Park, Illinois(more...)
KnightLouie M.ArmyLouie M. Knight entered the United States Army age the age of 28 and served two years (more...)
KroekerReuben D.ArmyMedical CorpsReuben D. Kroeker grew up in Newton, Kansas and was inducted into the U.S. Army (more...)
Krohe, Sr.JamesArmyInfantry WO, 42nd Rainbow DivisionI went into the Army Infantry on July 26th, 1940 and was stationed at Fort Ord, California (more...).
KrugerWilliam A.Army22nd InfantryBill left for Europe on the Queen Mary on February 19, 1945 along with thousands of (more...)
KunzDenver W.ArmyAir Force--Anti-Aircract ArtilleryI was drafted in January, 1943 and completed basic training at Palacious, Texas. (more...)
KunzPaulineUSN WavesPharmacist's MatePauline L. Kunz was born September 6, 1919 in Fayette County, Illinois. She was (more...)
LazaroMichael AMarinesPvt. Corps Recruite DepotMicheal Lazaro was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was drafted in January 1943 and (more...)
LeConteFrankArmyPfc. Jeep DriverFrank LeConte joined the United States Army at the age of 33 years in World War II. He (more...)
LeConteGeorgeNavyHe served on convoy duty in the American Theater of Operations, in the European (more...)
LeonettiAnthony J.Army Air CorpsAirplain MechanicI enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 10, 1941 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois (more...)
LevinskiStanleyArmyCo. B, 34th Tank BattalionStanley Levinski joined the United States Army from his hometown of East Saint (more...)
LockyerJesseArmy Air CorpsComing Soon(more...)
LockyerCharlesArmy Air CorpsComing Soon(more...)
LongDarrell D. C.Marines8th DivisionsWhen we arrived on Guam, it had already been secured. Our duties were to ride (more...)
LopinotAlvin C.NavyLST-895 (Landing Ship TankIn December, 1944, I was assigned to LST 895 (Landing Ship Tank). The ship was 328 feet (more...)
MalbergKenneth J.Army Air CorpsM.D. Captain, Flight SurgeonKenneth J. Malmberg, M.D. served in the Army Air Corps in World War II as (more...)
MarchizzaHenryArmyETO - African Middle EastHis assignment was in the European African Middle Eastern Theater of War(more...)
MartinRayburnArmyMedic-Railsplitters - 84th InfantryWe landed D-Day on Omaha Beach. We followed the 84th Infantry throughout the war in (more...)
MarvinAmos WayneArmyQuartermaster Corp PTOAmos Wayne Marvin joined the United States Army at age 20 on February 7, 1945 at Fort Sheridan (more...)
McCormickWilliam MNavyUSS HollandWilliam M. McCormick joined the United States Navy from his hometown of East St. (more...)
McGahaEugene R.NavyEugene was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon, American Area Ribbon (more...)
MuirheadJohn J.Harold Dale Mieure 12-3-15 to 3-1-07 77th Fighter Squadron 20th Fighter Group Served in Rhineland (more...)
MieureHarold DaleArmy Air Force77th Squadron 20th Fighter GroupHarold Dale Mieure served in the Na-tional Guard in Lawrenceville as 1st cook in Co. L and (more...)
MillerClarence C.Army79th Ordinance CompanyClarence Miller serviced from August 28, 1941 to July 31, 1945. Battles and campaigns in Sicily(more...)
MitchellRaymond S.Army18th Corp AirborneHe was assigned to the 18th Corps Airborne and sent to England, France, Belgium, Germany (more...)
MooreHarry W.Coast GuardNorthland CutterI enlisted on May 11, 1945 at St. Louis, Missouri and was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter (more...)
MottershawRaymond S.Army45th Div.He was 35 years old when he joined the 45th Division and saw combat at Sicily, Sardinia (more...)
MurphyJoseph P.Army Air Corp54th Single Engine Gunnery Training SquadronJoseph P. Murphy from Hillsboro Illinois, was inducted into the Army on September 19, 1942 at Scott
Field, Illinois. He was 34 years old at the time and had just married the love of his life, May Kunz (more...)
NardiAlbert J.ArmyFrom Iceland, we went to Northern Ireland in May, 1944 for more training and we had to stand (more...)
NorrisNorman P.Army11th Airborne Parachute InfantryHe recalls that one morning he jumped on the northern tip of Honshu, Japan at about 1000 (more...)
ObosWalter A.NavyHospital ApprenticeWalter Obos was born in Chicago, IL on 28 April 1926 to Joseph and Genevieve Obos who came to (more...)
O'DonnellMargaretMarine-WomanMargaret O’Donnell enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October, 1943. Following (more...)
OndesCharles J.Army Air CorpsFlew 27 Missions B24Charles J. Ondes was born December 9, 1923 at Livingston, Illinois in Madison County, the son of (more...)
PankeyHaroldArmy26th Infantry Regiment-1st Infantry DivisionHarold Pankey was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1943 at the age of 21. He spent the next 12 (more...).
ParrishLawrence A.ArmyPTOLawrence Allen Parrish was born January 30, 1926, the son of Francis and Edna Clemens (more...)
PattonDonald R.Army Air Corps82nd Fighter Control SquadronHe was assigned to the 82nd Fighter Control Group, ERC and sent to Europe. His unit participated (more...)
PetersonHaroldNavyHometown: Norwood Park Township, IL David began service in 1944 as a Fireman (engine worker) on (more...)
PohlodCharles EdwardNavySeabeesHe finished basic training at Camp Peary, Virginia and Advanced Training at Camp Endicott, Rhode (more...)
PohlodJohn WilliamNavyStation Pearl HarberHe achieved the rank of SF3 and served three years. His duty station was Pearl Harbor, Hawaii(more...)
PompeiDavid AngeloNavyKIA-USS Johnson, DestroyerHe had served three years when his ship, the USS Destroyer Johnson was sunk during the battle of (more...)
PottsRobert DaleArmy Air Corps1st ClassHometown: Decatur, IL Robert enlisted in the Army Air Corps (there was no Air Force until (more...)
PowellJamesArmyKIA-66th Armored Infantry BTNClaude Powell was born at Tallula, Illinois on 6 February 1923, the son of Elmer and Mattie Guffey (more...)
PowersWilliam F.Army383rd INFWilliam Bill Powers was born on October 11, 1916 in East Grove, Illinois to Michael and (more...)
ProctorT. H.ArmyT. H. was assigned to his unit and served in Hawaii, Fiji and at Bougainville(more...)
ProutyCapt. EllsworthArmy Air CorpsHell's AnglesCapt. Ellsworth W. Prouty Army Air Corps 360th Transportation Personnel Hell's Angels 303rd Bomb (more...)
RanallettaVictor P.Army Air Corps32 Missions-Italy, BalkansOn August 27, 1942, I was inducted into Military service at Scott Field in Belleville, Illinois, where (more...)
RenfroClarence H.NavyUSS DixieClarence Renfro was born January 15, 1922 at Williamsville, Illinois, the son of Thomas J. and (more...)
RiggJohn E.NavyUSS Portland - Heavy CruiserAt the end of the war a treaty was signed on the U. S. S. Missouri. The Portland was sent to the Island of (more...)
RobertsDennis H.Army365th EngineersDennis H. Roberts joined the United States Army from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois(more...)
RolandoCarlArmy853rd Ordinace Co. ETOThe 853rd Ordinance Company was made up of men primarily from Illinois, Texas and New (more...)
RoseberryJoseph E.Army Air CorpsL-5 Observation Plan 901st Field Artillery Battalion PiolotOn July 20, 1944, Joe accepted a commission as Second Lieutenant and promoted to First (more...)
RoyBertha KuznikWAVESNurse-Great LakesBertha Roy grew up in Springfield, Illinois and volunteered for the U.S. Navy Waves on (more...)
RoyNeal RalphNavyCorpsman-GuamHe was sent to the Pacific Theater of War and served in a field hospital on the island of Guam. (more...)
SakrisCharles E.NavyUSS EssexCharles E. SakrisCharles E. Sakris was born on July 27, 1921 in Springfield, Illinois and joined the (more...)
SaleWalter H.Army Air CorpsB-17 navigator for the Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 457th Bomb Group, 751st Bomb SquadMy father and his friends heard the news on December 7, 1941 about Pearl Harbor being bombed (more...)
SamplePaul K.NavyUSS PennsylvaniaKenneth was awarded the Ribbon Bar of the Navy Unit Commendation for action in the Pacific (more...)
SantarelliNick R.NavyUSS Destroyer McDermott DD677Nick was assigned to the USS Destroyer McDermott, DD677 and served in the American Theater (more...)
SawyerRalph E.Army82nd Airborne ParatroopersRalph was born on a farm near Staunton, Illinoison October 15, 1912--the second oldest of eleven children and the only boy. At the age of 30, Ralph enlisted in the Army on October 1942 and was immediately sent to Fort Benning, G (more...)
ScheretzJoseph W. Jr.NavyUSS HoustonJoseph W. Schertz, Jr. of Oak Park Illinois entered the US Navy in August 1941. He was a member (more...)
SchmidAllan R.NavyUSS Sanctuary - USS Heaven No. 6Our hospital ship received the coveted Navy’s “Well Done” and tribute from the Fifth (more...)
SchrollJames W.ArmyS/Sgt.I was in Burma. We had to fly over the Himalayan Mountains. The plane dropped 3000 feet until (more...)
SeeLeroy MasonArmy78th Lightning Division - Machine GunnerWe shipped overseas and saw action in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. I (more...)
SewellRussell E.Army42nd Field Hospsital 3rd PlatoonRussell Earl Sewell (Brick #2286) was born in Jacksonville, Illinois April 29, 1913 to Cora May (more...).
SheppardWillard O.Army??We first went to the Solomon Islands, then to Guadalcanal and on to Bouganville. After that (more...)
ShimkusFrankArmy3rd Infantry DivisionHe was stationed in Fort Ord, Washington with the 3rd Infantry Division and saw action overseas (more...)
SkowronekTadeusz "Ted"Army Air Corps345th Fighter Group Pioneer Mustangs & 355th Fighter Squadron Pugnancious Pups354th Fighter Group (Pioneer Mustangs) & 355th Fighter Squadron (Pugnacious Pups) Ted (more...)
SmithGrover R.ArmyU.S. Signal CorpGrover’s Signal Corp battalion wired the communications for the Mena House Conference (more...)
SmithKathy LeavyWAVESKatherine ‘Kathy’ E. Leavy Smith enlisted in the U. S. Navy WAVES on October 5, 1944 at (more...)
SmithMarvin AArmy340th Construction/Combat EngineersBranch of Service: Army – 340th Construction/Combat Engineers Rank at Discharge: PFC Honors (more...)
SmithTedNavyUSS Spangler, Pacific TheatreI went to the draft board and enlisted on my 18th birthday, May 3, 1943. After boot camp at Great (more...).
SmithTheo LeeArmy Air CorpsCapt. VMF312 Checkerboards PTOCaptain Theo Smith served as a fighter pilot VMF312 Checkerboards in the Pacific Theater of Operations(more...)
SowersNorman RodgerNavyUSS Rochambeau, USS North Carolina -DistributionFollowing his training, Norman was stationed on the USS Rochambeau (AP-63). He was next (more...)
SpitzDelbertArmyFirst Engineers Specialty Brigade, 301 Port CompanyI left my hometown of Mendota, Illinois and was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 24, 1943. (more...)
SteffenMilton B.Marines3rd Div -Guam/Iwo JimaMilton received a Citation and Purple Heart for wounds received on Guam and a 2nd Purple Heart for wounds at Iwo Jima(more...)
StremsterferRobert D.Army44th Infantry Division 57mm Anti-Tank Gun SquadI was sent overseas with the 44th Infantry Division and served in England, France, Germany (more...)
TaylorGeorge H.Army Air CorpsRadio Operator - B17 BombersGeorge was trained in radio mechanics and then taught radio mechanics to men that were training (more...)
ThomasGordon R.ArmyMacine Gunner ProtectorMy squad of twelve men consisted of two men with 30 caliber machine guns and ten men (more...)
ThuerkErvin D.ArmyTech. 4th Grade Sgt.I entered the Army on 19 April 1944 at Fort Sheridan, IL at the age of 18. My basic training was (more...)
TownsendElmerNavyUSS MarylandHe was sent to San Diego, California and then assigned to the USS Maryland(more...)
TreadwellWilliam Jr.Coast GuardGrowing up working at his father's Algonquin, Illinois  marina helped William Treadwell Jr. (more...)
TriplettJim A.NavyPearl Harbor SurviorAt 7:57 a.m. on the morning of December 7, 1941, I was standing on the dock at Ford Island (more...)
VerderberPaul J.NavyUSS LaurensDuring World War II, I served aboard the USS Laurens APA153, an attack transport ship. On (more...)
WadePhilip E.Army?Wounded Iwo JimaMy unit was bobbing around the harbor in Higgins boats for hours before hitting the beach (more...)
WalkerLeo E.Army275th Combat BattalionWe were in the Ardennes Forest on Christmas Day. It was later called the Battle of the Bulge. We (more...)
WalterDonald V.Coast GuardUSS ItascaHis first assignment was on the USS Itasca which was torpedoed (more...)
WatermanWilliam "Bill"NavyUSS President AdamsHe was transferred to Lake Union and during the war served aboard the USS President Adams. (more...)
WarrnerRobert J.ArmyMedical CorpOn December 7, 1942, Robert Warrner, was halfway through his senior year at
Tonica High School in LaSalle County, Illinois.
He had never been outside of Illinois. (more...)
WeaverHarold R.Army43rd Div. Machine Gun CrewMy unit fought in the Northern Solomon Islands Campaign, the New Guinea Campaign and (more...)
WeissJohn H.NavyUSS Stanley DD478John H. Weiss joined the United States Navy from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. He saw active (more...)
WenzelFrederick W.Army Air CorpsPOW - JapanFrederick spent two and a half years (2½) in Cabanatuan prison camp, a Japanese labor (more...)
WilliamsBobMarines3rd Tank Battalion DivisionBob Williams joined the Untied States Marine Corps from his hometown of East St. Louis (more...)
WilsonRonald "Bud" A.Army121st Squadron, 106th Cavalry, Troop FBud Wilson was my best friend as we grew up in Gillespie, Illinois during the 1930s-40s. Bud's (more...)
WinkelerEdwardArmyI was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 22, 1942. After eight weeks of basic training and eight (more...)
WinstonElmo D.ArmyKIA-6th Army DivisionElmo Dean Winston was born September 18, 1909 in Bader, Illinois, the son of Charles Franklin (more...)
WinstonJoseph HasteArmyNormandy, N. France, RhinelandJoseph Haste Winston was born April 15, 1907 in Browning, Illinois, the son of William Edward (more...)
WinstonJunior LeeCass County Star-Gazette April 27 2006 By Bill Beard Junior Lee Winston has no vivid memory of (more...)
YacupJohn E.ArmyPatton's 6th - 25th Engineers, 6th Armored Div.I was placed in the Headquarters Company, 25th Engineers, 6th Armored Division under (more...)
YasinskiWilliam P.ArmyI was drafted into the Army on October 1942 at Peoria, Illinois. I was 26 years old. After (more...)
YasinskiStanleyNavyUSS San GayAfter basic training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Illinois, I was sent to Port Chicago (more...)
ZaverylFrankNavyI was drafted at age 32 years old and weighed 132 pounds. I had a 2 year old daughter, Karen Ann (more...)