Eugene McShane

. . Eugene M. McShane is a native of Stonington, Connecticut. During WWII he enlisted in the Army in 1943 and trained as a forward artillery observer. During the allied invasion of Normandy, he landed on Omaha Beach (Dog Red zone) as part of the second wave, June 7, 1944 (D+1).

Norman Waldman

. . Norm Waldman has the distinction of being a D-Day paratrooper, a survivor of the Dresden firebombing, and a veteran of the Ukrainian Red Army.  His story began when he joined the army in 1943 at the age of 18.  He volunteered for the airborne for the extra pay. He

Henry Parham

. . Henry Parham served with the 320th Anti-Aircraft Barrage Balloon Battalion, the only all-black unit to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.  Henry served in a segregated army, where African Americans were treated as second-class citizens.  But to this native of Greenville, Virginia, segregation in the military

George Tita

. . George Tita of Koppel, PA was drafted soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor and, along with his childhood friend, Pete, served with the 691st Tank Destroyer outfit. After a stint in Bowie, TX, the outfit moved to Louisiana to finish their training.  In March of 1944, the cadre

Joe Zimbicki

. . Joe Zimbicki grew up in Heidelberg, Pennsylvania.  During the Great Depression his dad was a moonshiner and spent time in prison.  As soon as he could, Joe began working to support his nine brothers and sisters.  Shipping off to a CCC camp in the northern woods near Williamsport was

Vittorio Zippi

. . Vittorio Zippi grew up the son of Italian immigrants in Crabtree, Pennsylvania, learning to speak English in first grade.  Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was drafted into the Army—serving as a cook, musician, medic, and barber. “Would you shoot the Italians?” asked the Army.  “Hell

Michael Vernillo

. . Michael T. Vernillo was born on April 6, 1919 in Burgettstown, PA. He was the oldest of three sons born to Dominic and Julia Muscato Vernillo. Both of his parents immigrated to the United States from Italy. His father worked for most of his adult life as a crossing

Henry Karbowski

. . Henry Karbowski Henry Karbowski was born in the United States in 1929 but after his mother passed away when he was just 4, his father took him to Poland. After the start of WWII, he enlisted into the military in the Soviet Union but transferred to the RAF

John Justi

. . John Justi John J. Justi left his hometown of New Brighton, Pennsylvania to serve as an infantryman in the US Army during WWII. Previously as a high school senior working weekends at the Jones & Laughlin steel mill along the Ohio River, John routinely watched newly-built war-bound LSTs

Ellis Jones

. . Ellis Jones was drafted into the army on his 20th birthday in 1942. Rather than be discouraged about going off to war, he decided to have a positive attitude, to see the world, and to have a good time doing it. That attitude became his approach to the rest

Camdon Inks

. . Camdon Inks During WWII, Camdon Inks of Uniontown, Pennsylvania was an auto tire worker. It was an important job classified as critical to the homefront war effort, and he could have gotten a deferment. However, as soon as his name came up in the draft, he decided against

Art Ihrig

. . Art Ihrig missing image Art Ihrig served with the US Army during WWII. missing audio/video

John Hunter

. . John Hunter John Hunter entered the US Army in March 1943 and went to infantry basic training before transferring into the signal corps to work as a radio repairman. He spent 9 months in Europe and left the Army in November 1945. missing video/audio Listen to

Bill Hosking

. . Bill Hosking remembers a woman coming to their house and telling his family that Pearl Harbor had been bombed and he didn’t even know where Pearl Harbor was on the map.  Never heard of it!  How soon the Bill and the rest of the United States would learn about

Henry Hoffstot

. . Henry Hoffstot Henry Hoffstot went to Harvard and when he was drafted into the Army in December 1942 and joined the 44th Infantry Division as an infantryman.  He later entered the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), and then he was sent to Lincoln, Nebraska for several months to study

Bob Horne

. . Bob Horne Bob Horne entered the US Navy April 15, 1945 at just 17 years old. He served aboard the USS Luzon in the South Pacific. After serving in World War II, he went on to serve as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army. missing video/audio

Russ Henderson

. . Russ Henderson Russ Henderson was born in England, but he grew up in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. At 99, Russ can still vividly recall his time serving in US Army during WWII. He was drafted in May 1941 and served five years, first as an enlisted soldier and then an

John Hawes

. . John Hawes John Hawes served as an Army sniper in Afghanistan.  In 2006, while on patrol high in the mountains, John’s unit became pinned down by Taliban fire.  The bloody ordeal, chronicled in the book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, led to the death of

Michael Haritan

. . Michael Haritan Michael Haritan was a Dogface soldier during WW II.  He was only 20 years old when he went into the Army, serving with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division from January 14, 1943 to December 11, 1945.  Landing in North Africa, he slogged up the Italian peninsula