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Leila Morrison, a nurse during World War II still has raw memories and emotions after more than 70 years. Catch Denver7's Dayle Cedars' interview, here.

World War II Project

Hear Lt. John Ritenour World War II Stories

Read Doug Dillard's amazing war story and resume here. Read more here.

We wish you a very Blessed New Year! Indeed, we have much to be grateful for from the Divine Provider. We recorded a very special show.  You’ll hear stories from four WWII vets:

 

  • Al Mampre was a medic with 101st Airborne (Easy Company).
  • Guy Whidden, 101st Airborne.  Jumped on D-Day
  • Frank DeVita, First wave Omaha
  • Maj. Fredric Arnold, P-38 pilot, 50 missions

 

We owe these men tremendous gratitude.  We think of all of the soldiers and their families who gave “The Last Full Measure of Devotion” and it takes our breath away!It’s one thing to read about the war in a history book. It’s life changing to hear detailed, personal stories, directly from a soldier’s mouth. Looking into their eyes as they bare their soul on the painful memories and awesome miracles they witnessed first hand is a true gift to the receiver, and we believe, the key to securing the freedom we uniquely enjoy in America.

See the images from the recent WWII Event here

 

“The Americhicks - Molly & Kim”, had the opportunity to visit Normandy with 4 WWII vets on D Day, 2016. What we realized, while we were in France, is that there is so much more to the limited stories we learned in school. The greatest generation has kept quiet for 60-70 years. We are grateful that many are sharing their stories now.  Many history books are actually distorting the truth about America’s role in many of our military wars and conflicts. We are inspired and dedicated to gathering as many stories from this greatest generation as possible, and sharing them with our kids and our communities. Hence, our WWII project, was born.

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Albert Engle was born in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1922 and grew up with 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

 

Albert worked in his grandparents’ farm and was still a young boy when he found a job in a mine at the age of 18. It was a rough work but there were no other employment offer at that time. After 7 months, Al finally quit the coal mine and went to work in a rail road company where he was paid 45 cent per hour.

 

In 1941, the young boy married a charming girl he had met when he was still in school. Two of his brothers were already in the army, and when the Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December of the same year, more and more young Americans entered in the United States Armed Forces. Even though he already had a young boy, Albert was called to serve his country in March 1943, and soon started his training at Fort Leonard, Missouri to become an infantry soldier. After a year of training, his outfit left New York towards Europe.

 

When he arrived in England, Albert and his buddy Kemer wanted to leave the infantry to join the paratroopers or the army rangers, they finally volunteered for the Rangers after playing heads or tails with a nickle. An officer asked many questions because he wanted to be sure that the 2 young men would have the mental and the physical fortitude to become a Ranger. It was a tough unit and they only wanted the best to fight with the Rangers who were highly trained with a very high esprit de corps. After proved themselves, they started a specific and difficult training enabling them to infiltrate deep behind enemy lines on foot. A few days after the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, Albert finally ended up with E Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion because of the heavy casualties the company had suffered on Pointe-du-Hoc. Indeed, after two days of fighting, only 90 of the original 225 Rangers who had led the assault on Pointe-du-Hoc were still able to man their positions when American troops from Omaha Beach finally broke through from the east to relieve them.

 

After crossing the fields and hedgerows of Normandy, Albert participated in a fierce battle when the 2nd Ranger Battalion entered into Brest, Brittany to capture the port facilities. After the Brest campaign the next major operation would not be until the fighting in the Hurtgen Forest in late 1944. During that bloody battle, Albert was able to reconnect with his brother Charles D. Engle who was fighting next to him with the 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division. They later moved in different directions with their respective units. Unfortunately, Albert’s brother was killed in action on March 9, 1944 while his company was fighting near the bridge of Remagen.

 

When he learnt about the death of his brother, Albert was devastated and said he would never take any more prisoners. Even though the loss of his brother was painful, Albert took more prisoners until the end of war because he knew that he would have to leave with his actions and decisions for the rest of his life.

I've recorded Barney Hovey who lost his best friend Walter Garside in July 1944. Both of them were replacement soldier and assigned to the 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division but not in the same company. Barney Hovey found out in Dec 44 that his best friend had been killed 5 days after they were both assigned to their new unit. He saw for the first time the grave of his best friend in 2015 because I took a picture of the grave and sent to Barney Hovey. I put flower on the grave very often since.

 

During his training, Barney (left) met a young fellow named Walter Garside (right) and after several weeks spend together, they became really good friends. At that time they were replacement soldiers waiting to be attached to a unit who would need them.

 

On July 19 1944, the two best friends were together when they were called for their new assignment. They would both be attached to the 329th Infantry Regiment of the 83rd Infantry Division, but in a different company. Barney was then attached to L Company and Walter Garside to E company. The 83rd Infantry Division had landed in Normandy a month before and the two replacements then arrived in their new outfit during that terrible campaign.

 

Only 5 days after there new affectation, Walter Garside was killed in action by an artillery fire. He is now buried at the Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy (Plot: C, Row: 21, Grave 31).

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World War II Vet William F. Aimone

 

 

THE NISEI AND THE CIC by William F. Aimone

 

Some of our Army's most active and worthy, yet least heralded, combat intelligence soldiers in the Pacific in WW2 were Japanese-Americans, i.e. Nisei. They were also counter-intelligence even as CIC was combat MI when attached to combat units.

 

This newly married shave-tail was promoted to CO of the 81st CIC Detachment bound for Japan and the Pacific. I hardly knew how a division was organized, or worked, with up to 25,000 troops. Or what my CIC team [15 men] could possibly contribute to success.

 

CG Paul Mueller called me to his ship cabin HQ. He stated: I was his only officer with an intelligence classification; that a 15 Nisei IIT with no officer was attached to his division. So, it was now my additional duty to command that team with great care (watch them: any trouble, it's your head?).

 

The match-up was perfect. They had been trained to interrogate captured Japanese and translate captured documents, e.g., maps, personal diaries, orders, etc.; to broadcast psychological warfare; and any other activity to obtain information. One had been educated in Japan as well as America, an extra bonus.

 

As we neared our first battles, it became vital to assign Nisei to each of the three regiments, keeping a pool at G-2 HQ. Why? Our Nisei were invaluable, being the only ones of our thousands of soldiers who could speak, read or write the foreign language.

 

With them, we broadcast psychological warfare not only by radio but by powerful loud speakers across close battle lines in dense jungles, broad fields or over coral hills and sandy beaches - in perfect Japanese.

 

Results: a few surrendered but lots of the enemy fired on our guys, which I found decidedly unforgettable (CIC school never told us about this.)

 

Captives usually were taken from front lines to regimental HQ for interrogation. Less than half made it that far even though escorted; our GIs tried to shoot them! This was one reason CIC guarded our Nisei and made them better known to the GIs. Detailed interrogations took place with G-2 cooperation at Division HQ.

 

The CG was pleased … all our men received commendations from him and the G-2. Most POWs were terrified of the treatment they were led to expect, and also from being shot at before CIC got to them. Our tactic was to speak to them in Japanese to put them at ease and become cooperative.

 

One POW told where his army payroll safe had been submerged in a muddy pond; we recovered millions in yen. Most became souvenirs for many GIs; in Japan we used these same type bills to meet our civilian payrolls.

 

Palau Invasion: Pelelieu -- Army historians termed this the "Bloodiest Operation in the

 

Pacific." Thousands of Army/Marines died while hundreds of Japanese ultimately committed suicide by leaping off high cliffs rather than surrender. Our CIC/IIT and other HQ G-2 personnel found and rescued several hundred island natives held prisoners in caves.

 

After Hawaii and Palau (Angaur-Pelelieu), our voyages on troop ships took us to New Caledonia, Leyte and Manila where we were in a CIC school when the first A-bomb was dropped. Great news! No more bloodshed.

 

Shortly after the Japanese surrender we landed with the Division some 500 miles north of Tokyo, in Aomori Prefecture.

 

Our CIC/Nisei team was the first ashore to test the readiness of government and prepare its officials for basic first rules of our occupation: news of any released American prisoners; cooperation from police; surrender of all weapons, traffic rules; fair treatment of locals who had fled the city to the hills, etc.

 

Our Nisei with their language and other skills remained to serve our occupation authorities. Two of our Nisei won battlefield commissions, others won Silver and Bronze medals for service in the USA, Pacific, Philippines and Japan.

 

Americans should be proud of these exceptional Nisei soldiers who contributed greatly (and quietly for security reasons; as many had families behind barbed wires in our camps) to our victory in war and close cooperation in peace.

 

Origina1 1994 Roster of 81st IIT: James "Jimmy"KAI, team leader; Masao ABE, Shiuso "Jonesy" CHOJIN; Tomio ICHIKAWA, Kei KITAHARA, Michael "Frank" KUBOTA; Saburo NAKAMURA, Shiro SAKAKI, Robert "Bob" SAKAI; Hiroki "Hiro" TAKAHASHI.

 

(Editor’s note: This article was published by the Golden Sphinx, the National CIC Association newsletter. JAVA’s Duval,along with Aimone, was in the first CIC school in Chicago in 1942. Duval sent the article to Grant Ichikawa, who said it’s a "small world" -- Tomio Ichikawa is Grant’s younger brother.)

Early Cold War:

Occupation Period: Japan and Korea

 

Artifact links can be found at this link.

 

 

 

Original link to his story can be found here.

Heart of the Matter 6.23.17:

Working Together in DC- WWII Stories.

 

Joe Hoberman was 18 years old when he enlisted to serve in WWII. Sent to the European Theater, Joe landed in Normandy as a replacement.

 

Listen down below!

His section starts at 32:59.

Normandy

In June 2016 the Denver Police Activities League invited the chicks on a trip to Normandy, France with them, some WWII Veterans, and some a few students.

 

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Read Doug Dillard's amazing war story and resume here. Read more here.

was born in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1922 and grew up with 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

I've recorded who lost his best friend Walter Garside in July 1944. Both of them were replacement soldier and assigned to the 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division but not in the same company. Barney Hovey found out in Dec 44 that his best friend had been killed 5 days after they were both assigned to their new unit. He saw for the first time the grave of his best friend in 2015 because I took a picture of the grave and sent to Barney Hovey. I put flower on the grave very often since.

was born in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1922 and grew up with 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

I've recorded Barney Hovey who lost his best friend Walter Garside in July 1944. Both of them were replacement soldier and assigned to the 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division but not in the same company. Barney Hovey found out in Dec 44 that his best friend had been killed 5 days after they were both assigned to their new unit. He saw for the first time the grave of his best friend in 2015 because I took a picture of the grave and sent to Barney Hovey. I put flower on the grave very often since.