We Can't Forget


Share the horror, fear, humor, compassion of war zones through personal stories of those in the army, navy, marines, and air force -- including a German U-Boat commander and a Russian soldier. Learn how they coped, how they endured under horrifying circumstances, and how they used humor to lighten their burden and keep their sanity.
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Share the horror, fear, humor, compassion of war zones through personal stories of those in the army, navy, marines, and air force -- including a German U-Boat commander and a Russian soldier. Learn how they coped, how they endured under horrifying circumstances, and how they used humor to lighten their burden and keep their sanity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886094208
  • Publisher: Chicago Spectrum Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

World War II
Synopsis 1
Homefront 17
Personal Experiences (in own words)
James Brentlinger, MP, Army: Rode supply train 30
Charles Bristline, Gunner. Reprint from The Fight'n 451st Bomb Group (H). Friendship of Princess Catherine of Romania endured over thirty years 32
Warren Cadwallader, Weather Observer, Army Air Corps: Occupation forces in Japan 34
A Chairborne Clerk, Air Force. Reprint from Air Force, 1945: Typist in Australia, lucky with safe job but bored and wishing he could be in the fighting 35
Willard R. Colgate, LST, Navy: Air raids in Saipan. Incidents in Philippines 36
William H. Deam, Marauder Pilot, Army Air Corps: Picked up by Free French after parachuting out 41
Frederick J. Egbert, Captain's Guard, Marine Corps: Asked for Navy, was put in Marines 45
Alfred E. Eggleston, Weather Observer, Air Corps: Kilroy supposedly was seen aboard troopship and The Jumper Journal describes him 47
Karl Eichhorn, Army Air Force. Reprint from Ad-Lib, 451st Bomb Group: Describes mechanics of loading bombs 51
Dorothy Falke, Med. Office Work, WAVEs: Training and incidents in life of WAVE 56
Joe Farrow, Bombardier, Air Force: Prisoner in Germany; liberated by Gen. Patton himself 58
Earl Fogt, Infantry: High school graduation watch lost and recovered in landing at Angaur 69
J. Edwin Fridley and Stanley Lambert, Infantry: POWs in Germany 71
Donald Max Garman, Infantry: Landed in France few days after D-Day, soon wounded 76
Naomi Gasaway, Marine Corps: Had her picture on recruitment posters 78
Kermit George, Combat Engineers and Airborne Engineers, Army: Humorous incidents 80
Whayland H. Greene, Rifleman, Infantry: Jungle rot on feet so badly socks had to be cut off 82
Mathias J. Henman, Cook, Army Air Force: Issued British jacket because our country didn't have proper supply of clothing; trained with wooden guns 88
Alfred L. Henry, Infantry: Went ashore at Normandy, then to hospital in England; wife received telegram he was killed 91
Robert Karstensen, Gunner, Air Corps. Reprint from The Fight'n 451st Bomb Group (H): Had electrical short in British flying suit 94
William Kingseed, Cook, Navy. Reprint from The Sidney Daily News: Watched planes that Sunday morning at Pearl Harbor, not realizing they were Jap planes 95
Merle Larson, Pilot. Reprint from The Fight'n 451st Bomb Group (H): Built auto from junked airplane parts 98
Mary McCalla, American Red Cross; Donald McCalla, Infantry: Mary met Don at Red Cross in Italy; thirty-six years later, they were married 99
Janice McGrath, Driver-Dispatcher, Army Ordnance, WACs: Drove generals and dignitaries around Aberdeen where weapons and vehicles were tested 101
Robert McMillen, Army Paratroopers: Jumped on Corregidor. Watched Gen. MacArthur come ashore and make speech 104
Mary McNeil, Machine filing, Navy WAVEs: Never felt afraid in Washington, D.C.--very different from today 107
Ralph E. Monroe, Pilot, Air Corps. Reprint from The Sidney Daily News: Crash landed with no one seriously injured 108
Richard L. Morris, Army Medic: Guys shared dinner with children 110
John O'Conner. Reprint from The Fight'n 451st Bomb Group (H): Creative entertainment turned out to be a piano fiasco 111
Lawrence Piper, Rifleman, Infantry: German people, needing food badly, gathered eagerly around if horse died 114
Raymond Poppe, Army Combat Engineers: Troops traveled by train; step by-step record of how troops were managed 50 years ago 117
Roselyn Price, Map maker, WACs: President Roosevelt reviewed troops. Voted prettiest non-commissioned officer on March Field 133
Richard W. Rickey, Gunner, Air Corps: Bailed out in enemy-held Belgium, taken by underground 134
Roger Roesser, Army Engineers. Reprint from The Sidney Daily News: On December 7 didn't know what the planes were with big red ball on wings; thought there were maneuvers 'til heard bombs 140
Marion Russell, Army Air Corps. Reprint from The Sidney Daily News, 1943: Marion wrote that hometown occupied a special place in each man's heart; didn't matter if it was big or small 142
John Searle, Infantry: Walked all night, set up mortars, then learned they were in Mosel River Gorge with German gun emplacements all up and down 145
Olive M. Sheaks, Clerical, WAVEs: President Truman waved to them on V-E Day 150
Donald J. Slocum, Machine Gunner, Truck driver, Marine Corps: At Guadalcanal Marines were out of drinking water; pushed dead Japs out of way, scooped water up out of river in helmets, drank it 152
Edgar R. Teets, Driver, Marine Corps: Pulled victims out after plane crash, some coming apart like roast chicken 156
Rita Thoma, Army Nurse Corps: What was Greenbriar Hotel in White Sulphur Springs became neuro-vascular center; had many dignitaries, such as Generals Eisenhower, Wainwright, and Bradley, visit 159
Margaret Volens, Beauty Operator, WAVEs: Joined navy to see world and was sent to Cleveland, three hours from home 160
William (Fred) Wagner, Bombardier, Navigator, Marine Corps: In Philippines trouble with natives resulted in humorous story 161
Kenneth Walter, Civilian coppersmith, Navy. Reprint from The Sidney Daily News: Helped pull men from burning oil in the water and from ships 165
Heavy Eqpt. Driver, Air Force: Part of Flying Tigers; flew Hump 169
Lincoln Wical, Carpenter's mate, Navy. Reprint from The Sidney Daily News: His repair ship had two near misses on December 7, 213 holes. Was among those who rescued eleven people 170
Thomas E. Wilcox, Radio operator and gunner on B-26 Marauder, Army Air Corps. Reprint from One Man's Destiny: Bailed out of plane, was hidden in house by underground 173
George J. Young, Radar Operator, Navy: Described his LCI-L and crew 181
Tatiana A. Barchenkova, Telephone and Telegraph Technical Expert, Soviet Army: Explains her duties and incident with Gen. Zhukov 183
Doris M. Boblit, Child in London, England: Evacuated from London to countryside, along with thousands of other children 186
Bernice Cain, Civilian worker in British military office, Washington, D.C: Job was to find military supplies and arrange for transport across Atlantic 188
Helmut Mekelburg, Child in Prussia: Tells of hardships encountered while escaping ahead of advance of Russian army 191
Emily May Miller, Civilian Librarian for Air Force, Japan: Describes life and customs in Japan 207
Ernst Schmidt, German U-Boat Commander: Quotes message received when Hitler committed suicide and when Germany surrendered 211
Renata Schmidt, Child in Germany: Mother was American so girl was considered to be a second-class citizen 215
Tony Vanderstraaten, Child in Holland: During German occupation citizens grew orange flowers (official color of country); despite fact that German soldiers trampled them, they always came back in full bloom 217
Synopsis 222
Homefront 233
Personal Experiences (in own words)
Ben J. Cunningham, Flight Operations, Air Force: At Eniwetok when atom bombs and the one hydrogen bomb were tested 237
John E. Laws, Radar Navigator/Electronics, Navy: Stationed at Okinawa, job was to monitor all shipping in area 239
Ralph E. Monroe, Pilot, Air Force. Reprint from The Sidney Daily News: Pilot, B-26 Night Intruder 242
Richard Neer, Aircraft Maintenance, Air Force: Made napalm fire bombs from 150-gallon fuel drop tanks 244
Weldon W. Oakley, Engineers, Army: One of The Chosin Few 245
William E. Ogle, Platoon Leader, Army: Woke up one morning and was snow on top of everyone's sleeping bags, looked like mounds in a cemetery 248
William Rickey, Radio Repairman, Marine Corps: When pilots returned to aircraft carrier, they'd tell how many oxcarts they got 252
William (Fred) Wagner, Bombardier, Navigator, Marine Corps: Flew parts, mail, and personnel from Japan to Korea and returned mail and personnel for R & R 257
Elza Willis, Aircraft Refueling, Navy: Spoofed navy policy of keeping seamen busy by having them scrape off paint and put new on every time they are at sea 259
Delbert M. Yoho, Jet Fighter Pilot, Air Force: In June, 1950, was on continuous early morning patrol over ocean to intercept possible Russian attack with atomic bombs 264
Synopsis 265
Homefront 274
Personal Experiences (in own words)
Max Cleland, Signal Battalion, First Air Cavalry Division. Reprint from Strong at the Broken Places: Grenade went off at feet. Leads us step by step through his ordeal back to the States. A few years later Max became Director of the Veterans Adm.; presently is Sec. of State, Georgia 281
E. W. Cruse, Marine Corps. Reprint from The Eagle Point Press: Despite the idea that the marine corps didn't draft people, he was drafted December 7, 1965, even though he had three children 289
Kenneth (Mike) Krueger, Scout Dog Handler: Walked point in the bush with his scout dog Brute five days and then went back to camp one day to rest the dog 293
Ronald Latham, Rifleman, Army. Reprint from The Sidney Daily News. Claims that at times in Vietnam men could pay money to stay behind the lines, out of action 304
Frank E. Millner, Pilot, Marine Corps: Was getting bullet holes in the side of his helicopter in 1963, before most people were aware of actual conflict. Also tells of being helicopter pilot for five U.S. presidents and having Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin aboard 306
Donald B. Pardue, Jr., Platoon Leader, Army: N. Vietnamese army was fearsome fighting element, Viet Cong more of nuisance. Lt. returned to Atlanta and founded Atlanta Vietnam Business Association 320
Mother of son sent to Vietnam: Her feelings, her tears--"so few people really seemed to care." 326
Desert Storm
Synopsis 328
Homefront 340
Personal Experiences (in own words)
Henry M. Campbell, Army National Guard: Had open heart surgery in 1983, had gall bladder removed two months before being called for duty--but there's still a 4F classification 343
David Patrick Deal, Army National Guard: Unbelievable traffic on Dodge Road in Pt. Dammam 348
Lydia Freeman, Chapel Management Assistant, Air Force. Reprint from The Sidney Daily News: Women were definitely outnumbered but each one did her duty, toted guns and gas masks just like the men 349
Dawn Lozis, Army Medical Service Corps: Worked 18-hour days, seven days a week. While living in tent city, there were too many people using latrines and showers, filth and flies everywhere 354
Melissa K. Wiford, Finance Specialist, Army. Reprint from The Sidney Daily News: Job was to pay service people; wherever troops were, she went by helicopter 357
Boots & Coots, Oil Well Fire Fighters from Houston, Texas: Tells about helping to put out the oil fires in Kuwait 362
John Adams, Navy SEAL: Tells of their arduous training 367
Epilogue 373
Footnote References, World War II 374
Footnote References, Korea 374
Footnote References, Vietnam 376
Footnote References, Desert Storm 378
Additional Bibliography 379
Acknowledgements 381
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