World War II - In the Pacific

Thomas Russell – FS: Self Taught Vessel Training

Thomas Russell steered a giant hospital ship during World War II. Watch him tell how he learned to man such a ship. CLICK HERE for the full Oral History.

Thomas Russell – FS: Kamikaze’s Tactics

One of Thomas Russell’s scariest moments was when he was attacked by kamikazes on the hospital ship he was onboard. See him talk about his near death experience and how Kamikazes worked. CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History.

Thomas Russell

Thomas Russell – FS: Steering Through a Typhoon

Watch as Thomas Russell tells the story of how he steered a large hospital ship through a typhoon in World War II. CLICK HERE to see to see the full Oral History.

Ted Waller

Ted Waller – AE: Surrender of the South Pacific

Ted Waller narrates the ceremony of the Japanese surrender of the South Pacific. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

S.D. Houston

S.D. Houston – AE: Merchant Marines Convoy

S.D. Houston talks about some of the scary moments he experienced during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Charles Wisler

Charles Wisler – AE: Air Force Training

Charles Wisler talks about his Air Force training experience. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Wilhoit

Bill Wilhoit – AE: Normandy on D-Day

Bill Wilhoit served in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II. He was at Normandy on D-Day and Okinawa later in the war. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ted Waller

Ted Waller – AE: Naval Battles

Ted Waller was in 18 World War II Naval Battles in the Pacific. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Al Tyler

Al Tyler – AE: Philippines Mission

Al Tyler was one of the three B-25s that were shot down on a tree top bombing mission over the Philippines in World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jack Turley

Jack Turley – AE: Guadalcanal

Jack fought at Guadalcanal. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Marion Spitler

Marion E. Spitler – AE: Japanese Occupation

Marion took part in the post World War II occupation of Japan. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Schott

Bill Schott – AE: Raising of the US Flag

Bill Schott witnessed the raising of the US Flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Leon Rubenstein

Leon Rubenstein – AE: Marshall Islands

Leon Rubenstein was in the battles for the Marshall Islands, Iwo Jima and Okiawa, where his ship was attacked by two Kamikaze flights. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Daniel Lester Rosenberg

Daniel Lester Rosenberg – AE: World War II in the Pacific

Daniel Rosenberg served in the Pacific during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jim Reed

Jim Reed – AE: Iwo Jima

Jim goes through his 26 days in Iwo Jima. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Virginia Perkins

Virginia Perkins – AE: Fiance in the War

Virginia Perkins retells how WWII impacted her engagement with her fiance going to war. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bob Northington

Bob Northington – AE: Korea and Okinawa

Bob Northington talks about his service during World War II in Korea and Okinawa. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bob Northington

Bob Northington – AE: Start of WWII

Bob Northington talks about the start of World War II and how he got involved. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ken Nelson

Ken Nelson – AE: The Hump

Ken Nelson flew cargo from India to China over “The Hump” CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Weldon Mills

Weldon Mills – AE: Under Attack

Weldon Mills describes what it was like being under attack during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jarl McDaniel – AE: Boston Harbor

Jarl McDaniel remembers his scariest moment during World War II, at the Boston Harbor. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

James "Jim" Hardwick

Jim Hardwick – AE: Pearl Harbor

James “Jim” Hardwick recalls the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Fiske Hanley

Fiske Hanley II – AE: Japanese POW

Fiske Hanley II was a Japanese prisoner of war who escaped death three times, and met a former classmate in one of the prisons. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Susan Hall

Susan Hall – AE: Pearl Harbor

Susan Hall remembers the day Pearl Harbor was attacked when she was a little girl. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

John Gould

John Gould – AE: Truk Island

John Gould was stationed on Turk Island for 8 months guarding Japanese soldiers. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bob Goldberg

Bob Goldberg – AE: Pacific Radio

Bob Goldberg was stationed in San Francisco, and operated a radio broadcast for soldiers in the Pacific. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Carroll V Glines Jr

Carroll V. Glines Jr. – AE: Tokyo Raid

Carroll V. Glines was General Doolittle’s biographer and he chronicled the raid on Tokyo. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Desmond Fuller

Desmond Fuller – AE: Marines in Iwo Jima

Desomnd Fuller was in the first wave of Marines who landed in Iwo Jima. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Seymore Farber

Seymour Farber – AE: Japan Bombing

Seymour Farber met a couple who grew up in Japan, and were not aware that the Allied planes had bombed their cities during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Seymore Farber

Seymour Farber – AE: Survival Kit

Seymour Farber’s survival kit from World War II has some interesting items included in it. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Seymore Farber

Seymour Farber – AE: B-29 Crashes

Seymour Farber recounts the catastrophic number of B-29 airplane crashes during WWII. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Seymore Farber

Seymour Farber – AE: Roosevelt and Pearl Harbor

Seymour Farber believes President Roosevelt let Pearl Harbor happen in order to get the United States into World WarII. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Lenore Farber Part 2

Lenore Farber – AE: WWII Scrapbook

Lenore Farber talks about how she kept a scrapbook of the letters she received from her husband during the war, and the newspaper headlines that correlated with the letters. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Frances Thetford Cree

Fances Thetford Cree – AE: Pearl Harbor

Frances Thetford Cree recalls hearing the news that Pearl Harbor had just been attacked. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Hy Cohen

Hy Cohen – AE: Jimmy Doolittle

Hy Cohen met General Jimmy Doolittle and some of the Doolittle Raiders, famous for the risky 1942 B-52 attack on Tokyo, Japan. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jim Clutts

Jim Clutts – AE: Single Flight Mission

Jim Clutts flew only one mission during World War II, but it was a very special mission. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Al Cloud

Al Cloud – AE: Supply Division Officer

Al Cloud talks about his responsibilities as a Supply Division Officer and his authority to sign a check for an unlimited amount. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jay Beck MD

Jay Beck, MD – AE: Pearl Harbor

Jay Beck recalls where he was when Pearl Harbor was attacked and some of the changes the nation experienced. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

David Arant

Hugh “David” Arant – AE: Winston Churchill

David Arant found comfort in Winston Churchill’s words, “There is nothing more exhilarating in life than to be shot at with no results.” CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Harvey Anderson

Harvey Anderson – AE: Wounded or Captured

Harvey Anderson recalls how the soldiers of World War II thought about being captured versus being wounded. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

John Terry Smith MD

Dr. John Terry Smith – AE: USS Indianapolis

Dr. John Smith relates the story of the USS Indianapolis that brought atomic bomb components to Guam and was then sunk by a Japanese torpedo. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History