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Memoirs Of WWII  Events and stories of the Second World War, straight from the people who lived them.

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Andy Simkovich served with the US Navy as a signalman aboard a Higgins Boat, bringing troops to the shores of Normandy on D-Day. Andy made six trips to Utah Beach and three to Omaha Beach, each time under heavy German fire. “I got to see the tracer fire coming at us. It was raining like hell.”
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On his last trip to Omaha, Andy’s boat capsized, stranding the crew on the battle-torn beach. The men were forced to dig their own hole and endure the onslaught of enemy artillery. For his service at Normandy, Andy received the French Legion of Honor.
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To read more about Andy, click here: #andysimkovichwwii
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World War II veteran Norwood Thomas, 95, comes in for a landing during a tandem jump on Sunday, October 15, in Suffolk, Virginia. Part of the 101st Airborne Division, Thomas parachuted into Normandy, France, on D-Day.
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Lots of birthdays this month. Today my friend Milt Mapou turns 96! Milt served with the US Navy aboard the USS Detroit, a ship which miraculously survived the attack at Pearl Harbor. He later saw action throughout the majority of the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Pringle, until it was sunk by a kamikaze at the battle of Okinawa.
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In 2016, Milt traveled back to Hawaii for the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Click here to learn more about Milt’s story: #miltonmapouwwii
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Bob Noody served with the 101st Airborne, jumping from a C-47 into Normandy in the early hours of D-Day. Like many of the paratroopers who made the jump, Bob’s weapon and leg bag - which carried vital equipment - were ripped from his leg as soon as he jumped from the plane. Also like many of the others, Bob landed in Nazi-occupied France, nowhere near where he was supposed to be, separated from his squad, and with not much more than the clothes on his back.
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The cricket Bob is referring to in the video was a small device the troops used to discretely locate one another once on the ground. But as Bob pointed out, it could have dangerous implications if fallen into the wrong hands.
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It’s a miracle that the D-Day invasion was a success, given the vast number of things that went wrong. But thanks to the courage and perseverance of men like Bob, the day was won, and it became the turning point of the war in Europe.
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Tomorrow my friend Ilene will turn 94 years old! Thanks to her never-give-up attitude and her impeccable ability to make new friends wherever she goes, she has lived a most interesting life.
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Click here to read the amazing (tear-jerking) story of her service during World War II: #ilenehallwwii
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I’m a couple days late, but I want to say a big happy birthday to my friend, Ancil Fisher! He turned 96 this Friday.
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Ancil served in the US Army with the 39th Infantry, seeing action in Africa and all across Europe. Entering the war as a staff sergeant, he was promoted to lieutenant when his lieutenant was killed in the Battle of the Bulge.
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Ancil was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received in the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge. He has some incredible stories which I encourage you to read here: #ancilfisherwwii
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In December of 1944, Donald Aman and the crew of the USS Farragut were part of a task force led by Admiral William Halsey. The fleet of ships under Halsey’s command were grouped in the Philippine Sea, conducting raids against nearby Japanese airbases. On December 14th, a tropical cyclone that would come to be known as Typhoon Cobra hit their position with treacherous waves, pelting rain, and winds exceeding 100 mph.
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Donald, stationed in the boiler room at the time, was being tossed from wall to wall as the Farragut pitched back and forth. “There was water coming in through the vents. Don’t hold me to it, but at one point we went into what I’m sure was a 60 or 70 degree roll.” When the storm was over, three destroyers had sunk and nearly 800 lives were lost. Several ships had fires to be put out and more than a hundred aircraft were damaged or lost to sea.
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The survival of the USS Farragut, Donald believes, was thanks to the wisdom and foresight of the ship’s skipper. Several months earlier, the Farragut had been outfitted with additional armor and 20mm guns. The skipper disliked the way the additions made the ship handle, feeling it was too top-heavy. So he made the call to have them removed again. “Skipper Harding didn’t like the way the ship was handling. So he had all the armor plates and 20mm guns around the bridge cut off. I don’t know if that’s what saved us or not, but we came through that typhoon, just barely.”
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To read more about Donald, click here: #donaldamanwwii
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Donald Aman was drafted into the US Navy in 1943, immediately after his 18th birthday. Manning the 20mm and 5-inch guns aboard the destroyer USS Farragut, he would spend some thirty months overseas. He engaged in combat at Tarawa, the Gilbert Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Okinawa, taking part in nine battles over all.
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Of all the things he saw, few induced as much terror as the kamikazes. "I seen a lot of them. Mostly at Okinawa. I seen destroyers get hit, a couples carriers, the USS Bunker Hill." The Bunker Hill was hit by, not one, but two kamikazes, killing over 340 men. Donald also witnessed the destruction of the USS Franklin, when a Japanese dive-bomber hit it with two bombs, killing more than 800 men.
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But Donald and the rest of the American fleet didn't stand idly by. "We were shooting back at the planes. I didn't know if we were hitting anything or not. The sky was just black with shells and and shrapnel." In all, Donald and the crew of the USS Farragut shot down seven would-be kamikazes. Each victory sparing hundreds, possibly thousands, of American lives.
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When I first saw George Wright at "D-Day Ohio 2017", standing there with his DSLR camera, I thought he was part of the media team. He looks so young, it never occurred to me he could possibly be a WWII Veteran. Add to that his quick-witted, boyish sense of humor, and he's the kind of guy who makes you feel happy having just been around him.
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George served with the US Naval Amphibious Forces aboard a landing craft, bringing troops and cargo to the beaches of the Pacific. When I asked him what his roll was exactly, he answered, "We carried the Marines to the shore, dumped them, and ran like hell!"
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I asked him if he was ever in any real danger. "Oh yes, I was." At Okinawa, George's landing craft made several trips, carrying troops and cargo to and from the island, under heavy fire. "There were many close calls. But every time the smoke cleared..." He grinned from ear to ear, "...there was George!"
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About that time, my wife walked up to join the conversation. George turned to her and said, "Where were you in 1945?" He pointed to me. "I would've been nudging this guy out of the way." We all laughed. I was glad for the opportunity to spend time with George. And even more glad it's not 1945.
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A fresh batch of Memoirs of WWII t-shirts are now available at the online store. Every purchase helps me to honor more and more veterans of the Second World War, and bring their amazing stories to you. Click the link in my bio!
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One of my favorite moments with Honor Flight Columbus was getting these two together and listening to them swap stories. Milt and Harold both served in the Pacific theater - Milt with the Navy, and Harold with the Army.
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Read more about Milton Mapou here: #miltonmapouwwii
Read more about Harold Baughman here: #haroldbaughmanwwii
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Harold Baughman served with the US Army in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Operating a howitzer (a large, mobile field gun firing high-trajectory shells), he saw action in Leyte and the Philippines, and took part in the post-war occupation of Japan. While in Japan, he saw up close the devastation the atomic bomb laid upon Hiroshima. "The blast melted windows into balls of glass."
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I had the privilege of meeting Harold when I flew with Honor Flight Columbus. He is lively, talkative, and has a great sense of humor. But there comes a moment with almost every WWII Veteran I've met when the stories slow down and the memories seem to come rushing back like it happened yesterday. These moments are often accompanied with a shaky voice and tear-filled eyes. For Harold, this moment happened when he thought of those who never came home, particularly his cousin. "He's resting somewhere in the Atlantic. I have his picture in my home, and every morning I salute him."
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