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James Russell: "They were gonna have to ditch."

James Russell describes the role his ship played off mainland Japan, while American planes flew bombing missions there.

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James Russell: Iwo Jima

James Russell describes the role his ship played in the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

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James Russell: Bartering in the Philippines

James Russell recalls his interactions with people in the Philippines during the Second World War.

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James Russell: Surprise Encounter

James Russell describes his ship's encounter with a Japanese ship in the Mariana Islands.

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James Russell: "Don't let the light go out."

James Russell explains how his ship fired phosphorescent shells during night attacks to provide light for American soldiers fighting on the islands.

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James Russell: "We got every nasty duty."

James Russell recalls how a new captain improved the record of the USS John D. Henley.

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James Russell: "The Lucky John D."

James Russell recalls the fighting capability of his ship, the USS John D. Henley.

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James Russell: "Up the Mississippi"

James Russell recalls how his ship, the USS John D. Henley, sailed up the Mississippi River to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to load artillery in preparation for the Pacific war.

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Reuben Griffin: "One of MacArthur's men"

Reuben Griffin describes the benefits of serving as a typist for General Robert Eichelberger who commanded the Eighth Army in the Pacific during World War II.

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Reuben Griffin: Japanese Officers' Quarters

Reuben Griffin describes how he and his fellow officers occupied barracks formerly used by Japanese military personnel.

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Reuben Griffin: "Sentimental Journey"

Reuben Griffin describes his ship's departure from San Francisco, when he and and his fellow soldiers believed they were destined for an invasion of mainland Japan.

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Faye Edwards: Japan

Faye Edwards describes her barracks in Yokohama, Japan, where she served in the Women's Army Corps after the war.

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Jimmy Doi: The Atomic Bomb

Jimmy Doi describes the impact of the atomic bomb on his family living outside Hiroshima, Japan.

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Jimmy Doi: "Because we looked alike"

Jimmy Doi describes how his entire regiment volunteered to fight against the Japanese after the war in Europe ended.

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Edith Bond: "The Nicest Boss"

Edith Bond recalls her work as aide to Captain James McKay, commanding officer at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

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William Wallace, Jr.: "Ones who had not survived"

William Wallace, Jr. describes the punishments his father and fellow prisoners of war faced in Japan during World War II.

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