Questions to Ask Yourself

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These are typical interview questions, not meant to be terribly hard to answer. Ask yourself some of these questions, or have someone ask them of you.

Military Action

What were you doing just before you joined the armed forces? Student? Working? Married? Single? Children?

Under what circumstances did you enter the armed forces? Were you drafted or did you enlist? How old were you?

Why did you join the armed forces?

What branch of the service were you in? Why did you choose the branch that you did?

What was the specific unit that you were assigned to?

What kind of training did you receive? What was the most helpful part of your training?

What was the mission of your unit?

What was your rank and your job?

What are some of the things from your training that stand out in your memory?

What was a typical day like in the life of a GI during the war? How much money did a soldier make?

Did you serve overseas during the war? Where were you?

Home Front

What were you doing just before you joined the armed forces? Student? Working? Married? Single? Children?

Did your parents approve of you serving in the military?

How did you feel about leaving home?

How did you communicate with loved ones on the home front?

What was different when you got back?

Frontline and Battles

Describe your living conditions while on assignment.

Can you describe your feelings during a battle?

How did you cope with the fear of battle?

What was your division/platoons job during the battle?

Impact

What was your happiest (funniest or saddest) memory of the war?

Were you afraid? What was your biggest fear?

What do you think your biggest accomplishment was?

What were you most proud of during your military service?

What impact did your unit have on the outcome of the war?

How did your experiences in WWII affect the rest of your life?

Pearl Harbor

How did you hear about Pearl Harbor?

Where were you when it happened?

What was your reaction?

What happened in the days that followed?

D-Day Invasion Only

How were you trained for the invasion?

How did you get to the Normandy beaches?

What was your job on D-Day?

What were your experiences in the first hours of the invasion?

How did your unit achieve its objective?

What is your most vivid memory about the invasion?

Hiroshima

How did you hear about the bombing of Hiroshima?

How did you react to the news?

Peace

How did you find out about the surrender of Japan?

What did you do on V-E (V-J) Day?

What happened on the day you (or a loved one) came home?

What were the holidays like in 1945?

What were you hopes for the future?

Follow Up Questions

What would you want people to know about this time in history?

What important question did I forget to ask you?

Tell me about any friendships you made during the war.

What would you have changed about your war experience if you could?

Did you ever doubt that the Allies would succeed in winning the war?

What mistakes do you think the military made, if any, during the war.

Do you think the war could have been prevented?

What had changed when you got home from the war?

Did anything happen during the war that affected you for the rest of your life?

What do you think the biggest misconception about WWII is?

Do you think the war was worth the price?

Do you think fighting in the war was the moral thing to do?