The terrains change, the face of the enemy may be different, but so much, ranging from Pearl Harbor to the beaches and trenches of France to the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of the Middle East, has a familiar ring. There are the physical hardships that can't be mitigated by advanced technology. There is the noise, the confusion, the chaos, and the uncertainty of battle, no matter how great the odds are in your favor. And there is the longing for peace, for the calm of a day without bullets or bombs.
“I thought that I was the only GI to land on the coast of Normandy.” (Audio interview, 15:16)
"No animosity toward us at all, not even a dirty look. They just got out of your way."
"There was not a minute when I was afraid ... and I know that everything is in God's hands."
"The screaming of the shells was so loud it all most would run any one crazy."
"We ran out of bandages ... and had to use the Stars & Stripes newspaper ..."
"Any man who went over there and says he wasn't scared is a damn liar, and I'll tell him that to his face."
"We were the most forward element in that sector of Normandy."