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"There must have been six or eight of us in a two-man foxhole, trying to get all our bodies below the surface, and saying 'Hey, your elbow's in my side.'" (Audio interview, 19:56)

   Donald Burrows
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War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
Service Location: New York; Schofield Barracks, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands); Pacific Theater
Rank: Corporal
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War in Europe was declared on September 1, 1939, just two days before Donald Burrows turned 18. He enlisted in the Army and was made a rifleman; not too long afterwards, he transferred and became a bugler. He was stationed on the Hawaiian Islands when Pearl Harbor was bombed; he remembers twice being prevented from sounding the call to arms by officers, in spite of standing orders. Sent to the Pacific Theater, he served in the Guadalcanal Campaign and contracted malaria four times before finally being sent home.

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