"I was here at home in Joliet [when Pearl Harbor hit]. It was on a Sunday and we heard it on the radio. What was my reaction? Well, a war with another country, my God. We were all surprised.
"The draft was on and we were about to be drafted. So we enlisted instead. That way we knew when we were going. I was 26 when I joined. We went to a theater and saw a show about paratroopers. When they said they were paying paratroopers extra money, well that was that. Why else would we jump out of a perfectly good airplane?"
[photo courtesy Frank Perconte]