On Veterans Day, Former Troops Share Memories

Nov 9, 2015

To commemorate Veterans Day, the American Homefront Project talks with former service members about their time in the armed forces.

Navy veteran Dick Oliver lives in Westchester, California.
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Dick Oliver remembers a submarine trip from San Diego to Yokusuka (Yuh KOO suh kah), Japan -- one that was made unpleasant not because of the danger or the tight confines ... but because of one particular song. 

James Gregory of Long Beach, California
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James Gregory of Long Beach, California remembers being captured during World War II and having an unexpected meeting with Gen. George Patton.

John Smith is pictured during his time in the military.
Credit John Smith

John Smith of Los Angeles - who retired from the Air Force two years ago -- explains why he spent much of his military career hiding who he is.