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Tears In The Darkness

The Story of

the Bataan Death March

and Its Aftermath

Michael and

Elizabeth M. Norman


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    Tears in the Darkness is a major new book about World War II, in the tradition of All Quiet on the Western Front and Hiroshima.  For the first four months of 1942, American, Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was to become America's first major land battle of World War II: the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. The brutal fight ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history.

The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book. From April 1942 until the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, the prisoners of war suffered an ordeal of unparalleled cruelty and savagery:

forty-one months of starvation, dehydration, hard labor, deadly disease, torture and murder, and journeys on "hell ships" to the enemy's home land.

The Normans bring to this story remarkable feats of reportage and literary empathy. Their protagonist, Ben Steele, is a figure out of Hemingway: a young cowboy and aspiring sketch artist from Montana who joined the army to see the world and ended up on a death march, and worse.  In the end, his is a story that goes beyond survival, a story of how one man's abiding humanity sustained him.

Juxtaposed against Steele's story and the sobering tale of the death march and its aftermath are the heretofore untold accounts of a number of Japanese soldiers, the common hohei who struggle to maintain their humanity while carrying out their superiors' inhuman commands.

The result is a brave, beautifully written, and deeply affecting book: an altogether new look at World War II that exposes the myths of war and shows the extent of suffering and loss on both sides.


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Michael Norman, a former reporter for The New York Times and a Marine Corps combat veteran of Vietnam, is now a professor of journalism at New York University.  He is the author of These Good Men: Friendships Forged from War, a memoir.

Elizabeth Norman, author of Women at War: the Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam and We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese, is a professor of humanities at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.


Author photograph by Benjamin Norman

The drawings that appear throughout the book are taken from the sketchbooks of Ben Steele and were made during his six decades as an artist and teacher of art in Billings, Montana.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



HISTORY / Military / World War II

ISBN-13: 978-0-374-27260-9

ISBN-10: 0-374-27260-3


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U-505 and the U-Boat War
in the Atlantic
Theodore P. Savas, ed.


     The first definitive study of U-505 and its brilliant capture by the USS Guadalcanal Task Force 22.3.

     Chapters include everything from U-505's construction and combat history, to the Allied naval intelligence, brave capture, and final transportation and restoration for posterity as a memorial for those who perished in the war and the Americans responsible for U-505's capture.

     You can see more about this new book and order your copy today! Check out the following link...

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     Mention this web site, World War II Stories -- In Their Own Words, and receive a signed copy.




America's Greatest Generation

Living Their Finest Hour:
World War II -- 1941 - 1945


     Stories of Men and Women who experienced the greatest event in the history of the world -- World War II...As seen through their eyes and told in their words.

     This series of pages will be a sounding board, have you, for the generation referred to as "America's Greatest Generation". This generation, collectively, experienced the most turbulent and terrifying era in the history of this great nation. In their own way they played their role in World War II -- helping to shape the world and stopping the tide of world domination by some of histories greatest tyrants.

     We are collecting and building a database of tales by ordinary folks who did their part in World War II -- from soldiers who jumped into Normandy to an uncertain future, to guys who watched in horror as the onslaught of wave upon wave of Japanese dive bombers decimated the American bastion at Pearl Harbor and the airfields of Oahu.

     The tales will not stop there, for there are many other tales about terror in the skies while flying as a B-17 pilot experiencing 35 missions over fortress Europe only to see his best friend killed in a head on collision. Or the experiences of a navigator who flew over 35 missions during those same raids into the heartland of Hitler's 3rd Reich and to this day carries a memento of a raid over Berlin -- a piece of schrapnel in his skull. Or a sailor witnessing firsthand the agony of having his ship hit by bombs as it sat in dry dock at Pearl Harbor.

     Also look to read the tale of a U. S. Marine Raider who witnessed first hand just what it was like to experience "island hopping". Some of the islands that he saw action on were Bougainville, Guam, and Okinawa.

     There is even a story about a sailor who after his landing craft became disabled, spent a harrowing experience on the landing beaches of Iwo Jima -- during the first days of this bloody campaign.

     We also are collecting tales of folks, just ordinary folks such as you and I who were there on the home front, doing their part to help win the war. Or you might read the tale of a small town girl going to town each weekend to see German POW's doing their weekly marketing in the local dry goods store.

     These tales and so much more are here for you to read and appreciate the folks who lived these experiences...just ordinary folks thrust into one of the world's most dramatic events: World War II. We hope to bring to you many more stories -- as these pages unfold into a tribute to the men and women who were heroes and have come forward to tell their stories -- IN THEIR OWN WORDS.

     Our intention here is to begin by relating stories by folks who currently live and reside in south Louisiana -- a small portion of the population of this great country. But this is but a beginning for this series of stories will eventually extend to reach out and touch any and all Americans who wish to place their small piece of American history on this collection of stories.

     It has recently been said that today, the generation that went off to war during those dark and terrible years is currently dying off at the rate of "1000 a day" [the figure has now risen alarmingly to "1500 a day"] across this vast country of ours. Most of these men and women have their story to tell -- their finest hour and probably have never written down their experiences about the war.


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An Apology to World War II Veterans

by Tim Nichols


     An elderly gentleman gave me something over twenty-six years ago that really belongs to you World War II veterans. I think it's time that I pass it on. I am a thief who took, enjoyed, and hoarded something of yours. He meant for you to have it, but he gave it to me.

     The Mitzels had always been good to me back in Clinton, Ohio--my hometown. When I learned that they were vacationing in Vienna, I took a week's leave to go intercept them. The year was 1977. I was a young soldier stationed in northern Italy.

     A friend had written, giving me the Mitzels' itinerary and the name of their hotel. Joan Mitzel, then traveling in Europe with her family, had accompanied me to the homecoming dance in my senior year of high school.

     We had attended church together.

     Arriving in the beautiful city, I got a room and telephoned my friends.

     Dr. Mitzel answered. When I was nineteen it did not occur to me that I might be intruding. Dr. Mitzel made me feel that he was delighted. We kept my presence in the city a secret until I could sneak up on the family on the front steps of the opera house. Puzzled looks, warm handshakes and hugs, and a few "how-did-you-find-us-here" questions, asked in various ways, marked our reuinion.

     The Mitzels graciously took me with them for the day, sightseeing, tasting food, and soaking up the beautiful sights of old Vienna. It didn't matter to me what we did. It was good to be with a family from home and away from the army for a few days.

     That is when I encountered the elderly gentleman on the sidewalk. Gray, small, and stooped, walking with effort, he approached slowly, tentatively, almost timidly--unlike a practiced panhandler wanting a handout or a religious zealot with a pamphlet. Struggling to speak the words in English, he asked, "You--are an American? A soldier?"

     "Yes, sir." I said. "I'm an American and a soldier."

     He reached out a withered hand and touched my arm. His eyes misted.

     For whatever reason, this was a meaningful moment for this aged gentleman speaking to a stranger on a sidewalk in Vienna, Austria in 1977.

     "You are--," he started, but paused, searching for the word. "You are--," he began again, pausing, but then finding the word he wanted, "noble." Then he said it again, all together, "You are noble. You are a noble man." He patted my arm a few times, gently tapping the sentiment into place.

     "Thank you, sir," I said. "Thank you very much."

     He looked at me as though I were a magnificent statue portraying some exalted luminary. Never had I felt so respected, so immensely honored.

     No president or general pinning a medal on my chest could have expressed more genuine admiration than the words, touch, and countenance of that bent, wrinkled, humble man. I knew I had done nothing at all to earn it, but I accepted it with puzzled gratitude in that sudden, electric moment on the sidewalk. I said, "thank you," and the man finally turned and hobbled away.

     Why? What had I done to provoke such high praise? I was nothing more--or less--than a generic American soldier on furlough in a European city thirty-one years after the end of World War II. My G.I. haircut must have given away that I was a soldier. I wore civilian clothes.

     Maybe the man had overheard my speech and observed enough to suppose that I was an American.

     I had performed no noble act. The man respected me so highly because I was an American soldier. He had no basis for honoring me with such tribute beyond that. I stood in for you to receive the reward. I was the visible symbol who just happened to be there for the man who had to say something.

     I accepted the gift, knowing even then that it was for you. You earned the respect that he gave me. Please accept my apology for holding it for so many years before passing it along.

     When I watch the old black and white footage from World War II, sometimes I think I see a younger version of the man I met in Vienna.

     He is waving and smiling at American tanks and soldiers, trying to get your attention so he can thank you. At times, I think I can make out his features on the faces of living skeletons borne away from liberated concentration camps, unable to speak. At least I know that it was supremely important to the man who spoke to me in Vienna to say what he said to me that day.

     The vintage films show images of you, too. You are trudging through mud, or flying planes, driving tanks, smoking cigarettes in foxholes, firing rifles, and writing lonely letters to loved ones at home. I never have to struggle to find the fitting word. A meek and gentle man gave it to me on a sidewalk in Vienna. When he looked at me he saw you and told me what he really wanted to tell you. You are--. I cannot bring myself to just blurt out the word that he worked so hard to find and chose so carefully. You are that thing because of what you did for so many imperiled people. You endured hardships to earn the two syllables that he used so reverently to speak of you. Hold still long enough to feel his hand tapping the sentiment into place. Picture his moist eyes and hear his earnest, struggling voice when I tell you what he said to you when he spoke to me: "You are noble. You are a noble man."


Tim Nichols is the author of THE REUNION
A Civil War Novel of the 12th West Virginia Infantry Regiment
The Reunion is now in print.
Please visit
Timothy Nichols


Tim Nichols, is the Director of Student Support Services at Potomac State College of WVU in Keyser, WV.

The tribute above is reprinted with permission.



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A Very Sad Day!

But Not Forgotten!
4 February 2006

Jim Will Be Sadly Missed!

James L. "Jim" Hansen:
405th Infantry Regiment,
102nd Infantry Division,
the Roer River Campaign
Story Added on 10 September 2002

"Lt James L. Hansen 02012004 then Tech Sgt, 37464729, while serving with the Army of the United States, distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with the military operation in Germany on 23 Feb. 1945. After crossing the Roar River, Lt Hansen reorganized scattered elements of his platoon and led them towards their objective. When their advance was threatened by concealed enemy fire he moved courageously over fire swept terrain to direct fire on harassing emplacements. After killing one gunner, he crawled forward and dispatched three more and then led his platoon forward in another attack. Through his courage and exemplary leadership, Lt Hansen was largely responsible for the success of his platoon in reaching its objective. The extraordinary heroism and courageous action of Lt Hansen is in keeping with the highest tradition of the Military Service."


"In combat, being under enemy fire can best be described as being placed in a railroad marshaling yard. You are standing on one side facing the row upon row of tracks in front of you. You are then blindfolded and ordered to slowly walk across the busy tracks. The not knowing if and when one of those moving trains will hit you as you slowly proceed across is a little like facing enemy fire."


Joe Salzano,
Survivor of the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest,
13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division


A Very Sad Day!

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But Not Forgotten!
Another Honored Veteran
Has Gone to His Reward!

Our Family Lost Sidney in August!
He Will Be Sadly Missed!

Sidney J. "Chick" Richard:
Military Police Co., Guard Bn.,
Marine Training & Replacement Command
Story Added on 24 July 2001

"...For Sidney, he spent the early months of the war working as a meat cutter at a meat packing plant in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. He regularly went down the street to the enlistment office to try and sign up..."

Another Very Sad Day!

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But Not Forgotten!
Another Honored Veteran
Has Gone to His Reward!

My Wife's Family Lost Jacques in August!
He Will Be Sadly Missed!

Jacques Fuselier: Hq. Btry.,
771 AAA Gun Bn., Schofield Barracks/
Wheeler Field, Ohau, Hawaii
Story Added on 26 June 2002

"...Jacques recalls while in line, a Japanese plane was flying directly overhead, so low in fact, that he felt that he could almost reach out and touch it. He thought it odd, and as it passed overhead, the gunner in the rear, waved merrily to the men on the ground -- while at the same time, the pilot began firing at the massed soldiers gathered at Schofield Barracks..."



We Are Highlighting One New Story in the Section Below.

Check Back Often, for Each New Story Received Will be Placed in this "Story Showcase" Location Only Until Another New Story is Received.

The story highlighted below may also be found in the category that it belongs to, such as ARMY, NAVY, MARINES, etc.



Our Newest Story!

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Walter Holy

101st Airborne, 506th Regiment

I Company, Third Battalion

Don't Count Him Out Yet


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"...Halfway to our destination, at around four in the morning, a beat-up French aircraft carrier lost its steerage and plowed almost head-on into the McAndrew. The carrier cut through the starboard side of our bow at about a 20 degree angle, then continued on for another 75 feet until it exited on the McAndrew's port side..."



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Jorgen Jorgensen
33rd Squadron, 513 Troop Carrier Command
U. S. Army Air Force
China, India, Burma Theater

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"...We were in vertical dive. Both Dick and I grabbed the controls, pulled on the control columns with all our strength, our speed down was no longer shown on the speed meter, I feel were at 500 mph or more, 15,000 plus pounds dropping from 15,000 feet vertically toward earth is a velocity unknown to me. We were both jamming the floor pedals straight legged no response..."


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Harry (J. R.) Kelley
Co. F. 2nd Btn, 28th Marine Div,
5th Marine Div
Battle for Iwo Jima

Story Added on 13 August 2011

"...Well, I had breakfast on Honolulu, and a Japanese, fella, was sharing the table with me. In those days, no seat went unÉ, it was just so crowded in Honolulu. And he was readin' the paper, and he put it down, and there was a picture of Mount Suribachi. I'd never heard of it. And, Iwo Jima I'd never heard of. And he pushed it across the table to me he said, " That's where you fellers are goin'". And I said, "Where is it?" He said, "It's up close to Japan." And I said, "How do you know that?" He said, "Ah, I just know it..."


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Alex Strong, "Alex Strong's Story:
(Occupation on Basilan Island During WWII)


Story added on 13 June 2011.


"...July we woke to the sound of aircraft engines, lots of them. This was the first time we saw single engine carrier planes supporting B-24s as they attacked the city of Zamboanga 10 miles across the channel from us. This became an almost daily event so much so that every morning at 9:00 AM we would climb to a hill side and get settled for the show across the channel...."


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"A Journed Entry..."
Pvt. Grover W. Hames
Co. F., Second Btn,
347th Inf. Reg, 87th Inf Div.


Story added on 30 Nov 2010.


"...I was laying there quaking with fear because I knew my time had come and I started to pray to god to make it quick so I wouldn't feel it. Unaware of how long it had been I later heard men saying among themselves 'No, here's one he's still alive.'..."


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"World War II Memories"
William George "Bill" Sauer, PFC
Tank Platoon, 3rd Btn., Hdqs Co.,
Co. F., 405th Infantry, 102nd Division

Story added on 19 July 2009.


"...She (the nurse) took me to his room and introduced me. His face, etc., had been burned when a phosphorous shell hit the shed where his squad was sleeping. He was the only survivor. His head was burned away between his helmet and his collar--no nose, ears, eyebrows, eyelids, etc. -- just holes -- red covered skeleton skull. His fingers were all bent way back and wouldn't move..."



Memories of the Framby Internment Camp
in Falun Sweden, 1942-1944, by Jöran Granberg

Story added on 15 December 2008.

"...During World War II Sweden was officially a neutral country. But because of its proximity to Germany, foreign air-crews crossed its borders frequently and crash landed in Sweden if they couldn't make it back to England. As a condition of neutrality Germany insisted that Sweden hold these airmen in camps..."


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Calvin E. McKenney

435th AAA Automatic Weapons Battalion

45th AAA Brigade

Story added on 4 November 2008.


"...A shell exploded near me as I was diving into a bomb crater. The concussion hit me and I must have been blown about 20 feet in the air. I soon realized that something was wrong with my right leg. In my dazed condition, I found my glasses, gun and helmet and then I found I could not get up..."


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"A Soldier in the U. S. Army"
Peter George Koslow
1st Squad, Co. A., 96th Infantry Division

Story added on 14 July 2008.


"...It was a monster killing field a thousand yards long. As the battle raged, medics rushed to the wounded as more men moved up the slopes and into their places. More Japanese soldiers attacked, even through their own mortar fire, and surges of soldiers attacked each enemy in turn as churning shrapnel filled the air and punctured bodies..."


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"Memories of WWII," Roger E. Faris
Btry A., 792 AAA Weapons Btn


Story added on 9 July 2008.

"...I remember an air base that was captured and there were hundreds of light bombers lined up ready to fly. We got the job of destroying them. We just stuck bayonets in the gas tanks of about every third plane and then set them on fire. What a waste..."



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"Diary of Combat Missions:
8th Air Force, February - September 1944"
Tech. Sgt. Edward C. Penniman,
351th Bomb Group, 453rd Bombardment Group

Story added on 29 April 2008.


"...Lost thirty-seven planes today. Two crews next to us shot down. Lt. Well and Dixon were flying in our element and shot down. We were the only ship in our element to get back. Angel in each wing. Said prayers many times. Everywhere you looked planes were going down..."



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War Diary of Samuel O. Channell, PFC.,
Btry C., 516th F. A. Bn.


Story added on 11 April 2008.

"...We didn't do any celebrating on this Christmas like we used to back in the States. We were all very cold but all we thought of was to keep the gun firing at the Germans. This was Hitler's Christmas present and I didn't mind giving it to him..."



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Once More Updated!

& Growing

of Stories


Our LARGEST Section
of Stories AND Still Growing!!!!!

Stories of the 102d Infantry Division
Additional Kitchen Histories from
the Men Who Lived Them...

Stories of the Men of the
102d Infantry Division

Section Updated 3 June 2007.

Now ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY Stories and Growing!!!

Look to this Updated Section of World War II Stories -- In Their Words for a new series of oral histories of the men who served in the various units to make up the 102d Infantry Division.

This is a New and exciting section. We know that you will enjoy reading these new stories written by the men who made history in their exploits as the 102d Division moved into Germany in the latter part of 1944 and into 1945.

We are proud to place these stories as a sequel to the series of stories we have just completed of Co. F., 405th Infanty Regiment (2nd Battalion) -- Those Damn Doggies in F.


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Two Hundred and Thirty Five
Stories now in this Section.

WWII Stories -- In Their Own Words:
Army Heroes

Section Updated on 26 May 2005.

Exciting Accounts of the Huertgen Forest Campaign in 1944-1945. Read Accounts of BOTH Sides from Survivors who Lived it.

Joseph Salzano: 8th Infantry Division,
13th Regiment

Stories Updated on 30 September 2003.

"...I always felt a twinge of sadness when a soldier of either side was killed knowing that their families did not know that on this day their relative was no more. And how they passed was also disturbing..."

47th Volks Grenadier Division

at the Western Front
Stories Updated on 20 October 2003.

The following account is unique. Besides Mr. Salzano recalling his experiences while serving the Huertgen Forest Campaign, Mr. Salzano has graciously allowed us to place a number of additional pages of accounts of these horrendous engagements as viewed from the German side including accounts by civilians and soldiers alike.

This first section contains TWENTY-SIX accounts by soldiers amd civilians who were a part the actions of the Huertgen Forest Campaign.

47th Volks Grenadier Division
at the Western Front
Updated on 20 October 2003...TWELVE New Stories

A Chronicle
Experiences of Johann Trostorf &
Wilhelm Brvenich
Updated on 20 October 2003...FOUR New Stories

Memories of Hubert Gees
Selections from the History of 363rd
Infantry Division

Miscellaneous German Units
Updated on 20 October 2003...FOUR New Stories

German Paratroopers
Updated on 20 October 2003...SIX New Stories

Most interesting reading!

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Story Added on 10 October 2002

The following is an exerpt from the story by
Paul Bouchereau, 508th Parachute Reg, 82nd Airborne.

"...Then a German soldier came over, rolled me onto my back, cocked his rifle and put the end about 6 inches from my head," Bouchereau said. I literally looked down the barrel of a Mauser rifle. What I did was, I prayed. I must have set an all-time speed record saying the rosary..."

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Twenty-Five Stories now in this Section.

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WWII Stories -- In Their Own Words:
Army Air Corps Heroes

Story Updated on 16 August 2003

A THIRD crew member is located!

The following is an exerpt from the story by
Lloyd F. Conklin, 94th Bomb Group, 332 Squadron

"...It looked like two flocks of birds coming head on. Planes were diving & turning all over the sky. I made a diving turn to my left. Just in time to see two B-17's come together in a blinding flash. In seconds, two planes and 20 men disappeared. Several days later, to my dismay, [I found out that] one of the planes carried my good friend James Cawley..."

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Thirteen Stories now in this Section.
WWII Stories -- In Their Own Words:
Navy/Coast Guard/Seabees Heroes

Updated on 26 May 2005

The following is an exerpt from the story by
William Newbauer, L.C.V.P. Engineer, U S. Navy

"...These high swells continued in to shore, although now a little smaller but still very strong with a rip tide effect. We immediately broached, the starboard side was crushed in and we were pulled out about a hundred feet, to be tossed about. We scrambled over the lowered ramp and made it to shore..."

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Fifteen Stories now in this Section.
WWII Stories -- In Their Own Words:
Marine Heroes

Story Added on 14 October 2002

The following is an exerpt from the story by
James "Jim" Wood, U. S. Marine Corps Raiders

"...Well anyway, here comes the Jap - running. His helmet was off. But he had two grenades. He had one in his right hand and he had one in his left hand. He threw the one in his right hand and hit me in the groin. It didn't go off. Then he threw the one in his left hand at my head and it went behind me. The reason they didn't go off was because his helmet had come off..."


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Eight Stories now in this Section.
WWII Stories -- In Their Own Words:
Heroes at Home

Story Added on 17 June 2002

The following is an exerpt from the story by
Ollie M. Fuselier, Homemaker, Southwest Louisiana

"...I secretly looked forward to Saturday at work, for along with my girlfriends, I would wait and watch for them to come in. The men would come in about the same time on Saturday morning, along with their guards to do shopping..."

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One Story now in this Section.
WWII Stories -- In Their Own Words:
P.O.W. Heroes

Story Added on 17 June 2002

The following is an exerpt from the story by
Herman Knight Beaber, World War II Diary 1942-1945

" 7:00 a.m. sharp, we heard and saw nine large transport planes flying low, and passing close to the camp; perhaps one mile to the east. Even as we all watched, we saw doors open and paratroopers came tumbling out. OH WHAT A SIGHT! With a tropical sunrise for a background, we saw about 150 parachutes open one after another and settle slowly earthward out of our sight behind the distant trees..."

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Three Photo Series currently in this section
WWII Stories -- In Their Own Words:
Photo Series Collections

Added on 17 June 2002

The following is a listing of the current entries in this section of photographs

Currently, there are three photo series in this section including some images from Pearl Harbor, some battle images from the Pacific Campaign along with a series of images, by this webmaster/researcher, taken 20 years following the battle for Iwo Jima.

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Our Latest Section for folks, such as yourself to offer a lasting tribute to their World War II Veteran.
Photo Album & Scrapbook -
Commemorative Section

Added on 17 June 2002

The following is a listing of the current entries in this section of tributes to WWII Veterans!

Currently, there are seventeen tribute pages located in this fast growing section. We are always looking for new material to place here as a rememberance for the special veteran in your family. Contact us at the e-mail address listed on this page for your tribute page.


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We have begun collecting stories from our good neighbors to our north: Canada. Care to add your story?
World War II Stories -- In Their Own Words
Canadian War Stories

Added on 16 February 2002

Currently we have 29 stories in this section.

The following is an exerpt from one story by
Stanley Scislowski, Not All of Us Were Brave

"...All around them, bodies lay scattered about amidst the flourishing grain -- their faces in the gray pallor and serenity of death. The wounded were intermixed with the dead. As Bill Greaves describes it, he had to step around and over the bodies of Sasks carpeting the slope..."

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This section is fairly new and we are
looking for web Links.

Add you World War II Link or banner.

WWII Stories -- In Their Own Words:
Related LINKS

Added on 8 November 2001

Do you have a World War II related page and are looking to exchange links? Contact this webmaster at the e-mail address on this page and I will happily exchange links with you. If you have an image to exchange, that can be done as well.

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Add YOUR Story Here: Infantry, navy, marines, air corps, support troops, war effort workers at home, etc.

Story Added on -------

"Now you can add your story to the growing list of men and women who have come forth with their stories of World War II. We are collecting stories -- anyone who did their part! No story is too small, nor insignificant. Contact this webmaster to tell YOUR Story"

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Now Six Stories in This Section!

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The island was returned to the Japanese government in 1968 and since that time no Americans have been stationed there.

By serving on Iwo Jima, a serviceman became a member of a very select group of servicemen who were lucky enough to have served on one of the most sacred battlefields of World War II.

We hope to add additional stories similar to the story listed below.

If you served on Iwo Jima or have a member of your family who served there, we would love to place a story in this new section about the time served on the island.


Iwo Jima Stories:
Stories from Servicemen who Served on Iwo Jima During World War II and the Years Following the War's End

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A couple of years ago, my wife and I began collecting World War II stories and develop this web site. I figured it only fair to pass on MY story. I did not serve until 1962 -- but I thought it might be of some interest, especially to Iwo Jima veterans to read what it was like on the island 20 years after the war. If nothing else, it is good for a laugh.

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My Time on Iwo: July 1965 - July 1966

The following is an exerpt from the story
About the year that I served on Iwo Jima.

"...After my arrival one of the first things to do was the 'island tour of new arrivals' which was conducted by a couple of the old hands (names escape me) and we all hopped into the back of the base pick up truck..."

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8 September 2003

A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from the local newspaper asking me if I might be interested in doing an interview to run in the local edition. Sure, why not.

Telling the Story

The following is an exerpt from the story about the ongoing project of preserving vets stories.

"...It's becoming more than what I envisioned," Richard said. "I keep getting some wonderful inquiries from people... I turn on the computer every morning and wonder what type of message will be on it..."

Sub categories will be of course added as time goes on...for this web site will evolve and grow with time.


About the Webmaster.

Joe Richard is a successful web master with four additional web sites to his credit. He began, developed and expanded these sites over a nine year period learning from his experiences from knowing absolutely nothing about web page design to building and daily maintaining two of the premier web sites on the world wide web on the subject of the American Civil War. His background is in newspaper advertising and commercial art.

Recently he has developed two additional web sites dealing with his passion: art. The first web site is for his brother who is an excellent portrait artist. His latest addition is a web site that displays some of Mr. Richard's recent entries in the field of pen and ink art.

Look for more additions to these websites.


Mr. Richard's other web sites are:

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Joseph Richard
Pen and Ink Artist

and the

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18th Louisiana
Infantry Regiment Volunteers

These web sites are databases of materials, information, rosters, histories, testaments, and collections of materials with regards to the men who served in these historic Louisiana regiments during one of America's most troubling times...

With a little luck and time this new and exciting undertaking will also blossom into a rousing tribute to the men and women of America's Greatest Generation.

Let us begin...


We are adding links to our favorite world wide web sites to help you in your search for information on World War II. Check back often, for as we find a good link, we will add them here.


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