William E. York severed in the European theater during World War II. He was raised on a farm in a small, coal-mining town in south Indiana. Mr. York left home at 14 and moved to Indianapolis where he served in a number of menial jobs. Eventually, he got tired of these trivial jobs and enlisted in the Navy where he served as a Petty Officer Second Class in the Mediterranean. Mr. York recalls getting caught in an intense firefight on the water, explains his role in the Salerno invasion, and describes the pain of losing his brother in the Battle of the Bulge.