The Library of Congress Veterans History Project Home 
Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project
Home » Donald M. Carlton

"We lost a lot of men that day…" (Video Interview, 20:31)

   Donald M. Carlton
Image of Donald M. Carlton
Donald M. Carlton, 2001
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division
Service Location: Camp Fannin, Texas; Fort Ord, California; Fort Lawton, Washington; Honolulu, Leyte Island (Philippines); Okinawa Island (Ryukyu Islands); Korea
Rank: Technical Sergeant
View Full Description

Though he entered the military relatively late in the war, in July 1944, Army Technical Sergeant Donald M. Carlton arrived in time to participate in the final and most prolonged event of the Pacific Theater, the Battle of Okinawa. He recalls numerous instances of close calls, but by the end of his time on the island, he had suffered only minor injuries and a bout of dengue fever. Many of his comrades were not so lucky: Within two weeks of landing on the island, thirteen of his squad's original fifteen men had been lost to dysentery, severe injury, or death.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (1 clip)
»Complete Interview 
Download: video (60 min.)
»Photo Album  (1 photo)
»View List (2 items)
 Official Documents
»View List (2 items)
More like this
»The War
 Memoirs (2 items)
Memoir Memoir: "Do you want to live forever? A true story of an Infantryman's experiences during the battle for The island of Okinawa" 
 Official Documents (2 items)
General Orders Number 76 [5/28/1945] Honorable Discharge and Report of Separation 

Home » Donald M. Carlton
  The Library of Congress  >> American Folklife Center
  October 26, 2011
  Legal | External Link Disclaimer Need Help?   
Contact Us