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Allison, Terry Gene ()  -Terry Allison served in the U.S. Navy as Aviation Storekeeper E-5 from 1972-73, in San Diego, CA; Millington, TN; Yorktown, VA and in Vietnam. This interview covers his experiences during the Vietnam War.   Full-text interview
Alvarez, Alfred A. (LTC)  -LTC Alfred A. Alvarez was born in 1924 and grew up in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He enlisted in July 1942 and following stateside training joined the 1st Infantry Division in England. He took part in the Normandy invasion, hitting "Easy Red," Omaha Beach on D-Day. He subsequently saw action in the Champagne campaigns and at Hurtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, and in Czechoslovakia. Alvarez re-enlisted in the Reserves in 1945 and during his thirty-two years of duty served combat tours in Korea and Vietnam and was deployed to Central and South America. He was inducted into the U. S. Army OCS Hall of Fame in April 2003. This interview covers his service in World War II.   Full-text interview
Amato, Steven L. (COL)  -COL Amato, a 1983 VMI graduate, entered active duty in October 1983. He trained as a B-52 navigator and was deployed during Operation Desert Storm (January 1991). In addition to his many assignments at various AFBs, he served at the Pentagon and worked on President George W. Bush's first inaugural. COL Amato has served as Head of VMI's AFROTC detachment since 2008.   Full-text interview
Anderson, Keith R. (MAJ (RET))  -Anderson served as an active duty Marine Corps officer for eleven years, 1980-1992. During his career he flew the H-53 Sea Stallion helicopter, and in addition spent four years as a Marine One pilot (HMX- presidential helicopter squadron) during the Reagan and Bush administrations. Since leaving military service, Anderson has worked as a jet pilot in corporate aviation.   Full-text interview
Andrews, Ernest A. ()  -Ernest Andrews was born in Tennessee in 1923 and was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1943. He served in the 16th Infantry, H. Company, First Infantry Division until the end of the war and was in combat at Normandy, and in the Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes. This interview covers his service in World War II.   Full-text interview
Andrews, William F. (COL)  -COL William F. Andrews graduated from the U. S. Air Force Academy in 1980 and began pilot training the same year. He has flown the T-37, EF-111, and the F-16. He was deployed in Operation Desert Storm and was a POW for 8 days. He has subsequently served as an F-16 squadron and group commander, as a staff officer for the Joint Staff in Washington, and currently teaches at the National Defense University.   Full-text interview
Arendes, Thomas Patrick ()  -Thomas Arendes joined the Navy following his graduation from high school in 2006. He is currently an Electrician's Mate 3rd Class in the nuclear field, and serves on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. The interview covers his service to date and in particular his training as a nuclear operator.   Full-text interview
Argenzio, Joseph L. ()  -Joseph L. Argenzio was born in New York City in 1927. He entered the Army in 1944 and following training was assigned to the First Infantry Division, 3rd Battalion, 16th Infantry, "M" Co. On D-Day, at age 16, he was part of the first wave at Omaha Beach. Argenzio subsequently saw combat in France, Belgium and Germany, and participated in the liberation of Falkenau concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.   Full-text interview
Bachman, Charles D. ()  -Charles D. Bachman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and became a part of the V12 Unit in Champaign, Illinois. He attended Midshipmens School at Columbia University, NY, from November 1944 1945; Destroyer Schools in Norfolk, VA from March 1943 1945; Tactical Radar School in Hollywood Beach, FL, from June 1945 August 1945; and Fighter Director School in St. Simons, GA, from August 1945 October 1945. He served as deck officer, CIC watch officer and fighter director on board the U.S.S. Warrington (DD843) from November 1945 August 1946. This interview covers his experiences during World War II   Full-text interview
Badgett, William D. ()  -William D. Badgett graduated from VMI in 1953 and served in the USAF as a 1st Lieutenant from November 1953 to July 1955; he was stationed in Korea from July 1954 1955. He served with the 608th AC&W Squadron, first with Detachment #1 (Target Director Post), then with Detachment #2 on the island of Pyongyang-do (Radar surveillance). Badgett joined the Virginia Military Institute faculty in the fall of 1955 and continues to teach at VMI to this day. This interview covers his experiences in Korea.   Full-text interview

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