Deadeye Stories

“We fought for freedom for all and peace on earth. I just did my duty like all military men do.”

 John L Palmer, Deadeye

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World War II Stories

These stories are published as submitted to and are not edited for spelling, content, or historical accuracy.


By Deadeye,

Herman Buffington


"... for me, that two-year experience in World War II is cut deep in my mind and soul and can never be totally covered up."

With Epilogue by Helen Buffington

"Raymond Bush Biography"

Leyte and Okinawa

Purple Heart recipient

Jack Lummis site;


Raymond Bush

Ennis, TX



"I was 18 in June 1943: I entered the Army at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. I joined the 96th at Camp White, Oregon on March 25, 1944."

By Deadeye,

Donald O Dencker

Sun Valley, WI

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"Love Company" by Donald O Dencker
Royalties from the sale of this book go to the 96th Infantry Deadeye Association Heritage Fund

"Cutthroats: The Adventures of a Sherman Tank Driver in the Pacific"

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This author of this book, Robert C. Dick,  is deceased

By Deadeye

Robert C. Dick

Co. C. 763rd Tank Battalion,

96th Infantry Division


The John Harbison Story

E Company 2nd Battalion 382 Infantry

Company Commander

War Dept Washington, DC

John Harbison


"Blue Star in the Window"

A Memoir of the Army Service
of William R Hill in WWII

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By Deadeye,

William R. Hill

Indianapolis, IN deceased


"My Life History"

Grover Wayne Howard, Jr.

Private 1st Class 96th Infantry Division WWII

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By Deadeye

Grover Howard




A Selection from the Memoirs of
Lieutenant George Kern
593rd JASCO Unit U.S. Navy
Attached to the 3rd Battalion 383rd Regiment 96th Division

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By Deadeye,
George Kern

"My Deadeye Story"

Another version of this story can be found at

By Deadeye,

Fred R. Long

Grand Coulee, WA


"Woody Martin Remembrances"

593rd JASCO Unit U.S. Army
Attached to the 3rd Battalion 383rd Regiment 96th Division

A Son’s Collection of Short Stories, Photos, and
Perceptions of his Deadeye Father

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By Deadeye Son,

Tom Martin

Shawneetown, IL


"WWII As I Remember It"

Wylie Nielson, 96th Division,

US Army Illustrator,    

Wylie Nielson was from Sacramento, California



Carrying General Easley


Henrik Palm


Photos and a recording made by Detroit Radio Station from the front lines of Leyte

"Freedom for All”

John Palmer was a Medic in E Co 382nd Regiment.

Written in 2008, covering his combat service Palmer was just eighteen when he enlisted. 

By Deadeye,

John Palmer

Berlin, MD


"Glenn Perry and the Military"

Glenn was in B Co 382 Infantry.

Includes extensive photograph album

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By Deadeye,

Glenn Perry

Tacoma, Washington


Lt. Colonel William (Bill) Porter


382 CO F Leyte and Okinawa


Bill Porter

1917- 2015

"Walk of Honor"

North Carolina 96th Infantry Army

World War II Bronze Star

Kinston, North Carolina

William B. Short

Deadeye 96th Infantry Division

Salt Lake City, UT


Wiliam B Short

Salt Lake City, UT


"Okinawa Sketchbook"

by Ken Staley

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By Deadeye,

Ken Staley

Poughkeepsie, NY Deceased


"The Dave Stockham Story"

Dave Stockham, E Co 382, was wounded on Okinawa.

***This detailed combat story is told in Stockham's own unique style.

By Deadeye,

Dave Stockham

Peoria, AZ


"One Soldier's Story"

A Father’s Experiences From
The Leyte and Okinawa Campaigns of World War II

by Jacob Wesley Zimmerli
US 37 586 226
, Sergeant

By Deadeye,

Jacob Zimmerli

Grand Rapids, MN  Little Bass Lake


Beyond WWII Stories



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By Deadeye,

William R. Hill

Indianapolis, IN


Indy Honor Flight

Washington, D.

C. September 10, 2012

By Deadeye,

William R. Hill

Indianapolis, IN

William B Smart
William B Smart Story  
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