The situation was tense in the winter of 1945, a little-known chapter of the second World War. On the Filipino island of Manila, an estimated …
World War II Army Air Corps bombardier and navigator John Roman got a bird’s-eye view of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a military courier after th…
Bill Thompson, now 100 years old, was older than most soldiers when he was drafted to join the U.S. Navy. Five years married with a young daug…
Photographs depicting military scenes from the Philippine Islands during World War II very well may have been the handiwork of Frederick nativ…
Bert Sikowitz had just returned to his bunk on the USS Horace A. Bass on July 30, 1945, when a kamikaze pilot slammed his aircraft into the sh…
Five years after the end of World War II, Tom and Norma Day met as schoolteachers at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. But it was only a few m…
During the invasion of a German-held beach in southern France, the two USS LCT 1012 boats next to Bernard Fink’s hit mines and blew up. He rem…
When George Deluca’s draft number came up, he deferred his high school graduation in Wanamie, Pennsylvania, to join the Army. He entered the E…
The glimpses of training aircraft circling above the Louisiana cotton fields where he worked inspired George Henry’s passion for planes.
Hank Hilburn joined the 77th Infantry Division in 1944. He had tried to enlist two years earlier, but being 16 at the time, he was told to wait.
Raymond Pettingall’s late wife, Frances Sanger, hated the Army, so much so that she got rid of his uniform after he was discharged in 1945.
Joseph Brooks was 17 when the Army rejected him for being too young. But he ended up joining the Marines, he said, for a pretty girl.
Missing arms and legs were some of the most common injuries that Mildred Winkler would see among soldiers as a nurse at Tripler Army Medical C…
Frank Devilbiss served on the water for two years in World War II, working as a diesel mechanic on Army boats in the Pacific. But in all that …
During the war, it was Albert Riffle’s job to bomb airfields, refineries and rail yards to cut off supplies to German forces.
William Edwards spent two Christmases during the war on a ship. In Hollandia Harbor, New Guinea, in 1944. And, after the war ended, waiting to…
Stanley Sundergill was only 17 when he graduated from high school, so he asked his parents to sign a special form that allowed him to enlist i…
Marion “Bill” Rice knew he wanted to join the Navy from his uncle’s stories of serving during World War I.
Not long after Warren Dorsey learned he had qualified for a scholarship with the Julius Rosenwald Foundation in 1943, he got some news that si…
The first Japanese person Cecil Culpepper ever saw was the face of a kamikaze pilot whose plane was tumbling from the sky toward the ocean below.
More than 70 years after Frederick resident William Smith enlisted in the military, it is not surprising that he does not remember everything …