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Merry Christmas in July

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John Sweren flew 58 missions as a tail gunner in a B-26 during World War II. On July 28, 1944, the plane took a direct hit, breaking off the tail section with him in it. Sixty-one years later, on July 28, 2005, the villagers... See More

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Closing With the Enemy

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(1 review)

Ed Hays of Paramus, N.J., was a 19-year-old tail gunner on a B-17 named Just Elmer's Tune. His pilot was Lt. Elmer Costales, and the plane's name was taken from a popular Glenn Miller song. On its 12 1/2th mission -- did we... See More

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Semper Four

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(3 reviews)

An oral history of four Marines. Nick Paciullo, a veteran of the 4th Marine Division, fought on Saipan, Tinian and Kwajalein. Bob Hamant spent a year on the island of Tinian. Bill Scheiterle was wounded on Peleliu. Jerome... See More

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A Walk in the Sun

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Aaron Elson began interviewing World War II veterans when he attended a reunion of his father's tank battalion in 1987. In 1994 he wrote "Tanks for the Memories," a collection of stories told by the battalion veterans. In... See More

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Captured in Hatten

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(3 reviews)

"I recall a fellow grabbed machine gunner Sloan's morsel of cheese and swallowed it quickly before we were aware of what happened," Jack Nickell wrote in a letter to fellow ex-prisoner of war Glenn Schmidt. "I recall that... See More

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The Watch That Went to War

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(11 reviews)

1st Lieutenant Ira Weinstein, a navigator/bombardier, was not supposed to fly on Sept. 27, 1944. But he wanted to get in his last mission so could be home by Christmas, and he was home by Christmas - a year later. The 445th... See More

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John Cadden, a Kassel Mission Interview

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(1 review)

John Cadden, of Morristown, New Jersey, was a radio operator on a B-24 in the 445th Bomb Group, flying out of Tibenham, England, during World War II. His plane was severely damaged on the Kassel Mission of Sept. 27, 1944... See More

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Big Andy a 712th Tank Battalion Interview

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(31 reviews)

Bob "Big Andy" Anderson, a farmboy from Prophetstown, Illinois, was drafted into the horse cavalry in 1941. In 1943 the 11th Cavalry was mechanized as part of the fledgling 10th Armored Division. The independent 712th Tank... See More

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King Kong Down

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(5 reviews)

The Kassel Mission bombing raid of Sept. 27, 1944, was one of World War II's most spectacular air battles. Thirty-five B-24s of the 445th Bomb Group flew off course, lost their fighter protection, and were ambushed by as... See More

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Religion & Spirituality

Foibles of Father Joe

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(1 review)

The Rev. Connell J. Maguire, Father Joe to his many friends and fans, was born in Glenties, County Donegal, Ireland; emigrated with his family to Philadelphia when he was 11 years old, attended LaSalle University, and hoped... See More

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9 Lives: An Oral History

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(18 reviews)

"After the battle, we picked up a German soldier who had been wounded," said Arnold Brown, who was a company commander in the 90th Infantry Division during World War II. "He had been shot in the leg with a .50-caliber... See More

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A Medic's Story

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(4 reviews)

Edward Madden was a combat medic in the 90th Infantry Division. He landed in Normandy on June 8, 1944. After almost succumbing to combat fatigue due to the horrors of the first battle he was in, he pulled himself together... See More

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Biographies & Memoirs

Semper Fi, Padre: The Mathew Caruso Story

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(1 review)

During the epic breakout from the Chosin Reservoir, Marine Sgt. Mathew Caruso, assigned as a chaplain's assistant, heroically saved the life of Chaplain Cornelius "Connie" Griffin at the cost of his own life. on December 6... See More

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John Danielewicz

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John Danielewicz, a Seaman First Class aboard the USS Essex, helped shoot down four Japanese kamikazes as a loader on a five-inch gun crew. Oral historian Aaron Elson interviewed John in December of 2011, when John was 93... See More

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Biographies & Memoirs

The Million Dollar Smile

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(20 reviews)

Jason Alan Plants was not expected to see his first birthday. Born with a cleft lip and palate and many other medical problems, he underwent numerous surgeries, yet always maintained an upbeat attitude. Inspired by his... See More

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