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Center for WWII Studies: Diary Project

War Memoirs Project

The Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution has embarked on a project to make available online war diaries, printed presentations and personal stories that have been bequeathed to the Center.

Featured Memoirs:
Paul J. Frisco

Paul J. Frisco, a veteran of the war in the Pacific served onboard the USS Cushing, DD 797, a Fletcher class destroyer, throughout WW II. He recalls in his memoir a time when the fearsome enemy was not just the Imperial Japanese Fleet. Read the engrossing "An Account of War" to understand an aspect of naval service about which little is written. Click here to read the memoir.

Lawrence Bonanni

The memoir of Lawrence Bonanni recalls his service with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms right after the war during which he assisted in an investigation of "Odessa", a secretive organization that helped ex-Nazis in America. His interesting account notes the results of the investigation. Click here to read the memoir.

Helen Satter

Helen Satter’s memoir is an amazing story told by an America soldier’s wife who spent three terrifying years (May 1942 – May 1945) in Terezin, the massive concentration camp located near Prague in Nazi Occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II. A true Holocaust survivor, Helen married America G.I. Warren Satter who she met in Occupied Germany after the war and who enabled her to begin a new and fulfilling life in America. Click here to read the memoir.

Edward J. Sims, First Lieutenant, 504th Parachute Infantry

Near Karouan, North Africa the evening of July 11, 1943, 2nd Lieutenant Edward J. Sims suited up for his first combat jump with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division. The destination was Sicily. After months of hard fighting in Sicily and later in Italy, then being withdrawn to England, Sims suited up again for a second combat jump. This time the destination was Nijmegan, Holland on September 17, 1944 as part of Operation Market Garden. Sims relays in his memoirs first hand accounts of jumping into combat and, as recalled in A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan, those actions in Holland that earned him a Silver Star. Click here to read the memoir.

Other Available Memoirs

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