Thomas Dahill joined the Army Air Corps in 1943, shortly after graduating from Arlington High School. He eventually became a navigator on a B-24, and was sent to the Philippines and New Guinea. He would fly 45 missions, including one that would be the longest trip ever made by a B-24.
In summer 1943, Richard Somersall had just entered MIT to study aeronautical engineering when the Marines called him into service. Somersall would become a machine gunner for the 21st and 1st Marine regiments, and serve in Guam and northern China.
This interview covers Mr. McCarthy’s service as a platoon commander with Co. L, 182 Infantry, Co. L, 335 Infantry in Guadalcanal and Europe.
U.S. Marine Corps, 1943-46
Dan Callanan left Malden Catholic in February 1943 to join the Marine Corps, because his father had served with the Marines during World War I. Callanan would be trained as an aerial photographer, and would serve in North Carolina, Florida and at Midway Island in the Pacific Theater.
U.S. Navy 1939–1945
U.S. Navy 1942–1945
U.S. Army 1939–1945
U.S. Army 1942–1945
This interview covers Mr. Taffe’s service in the infantry in the Pacific Theater; to the Office of the Chief of Staff during the Korean War; and to the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War.