Hello everyone. My name is Brian and I live in Louisiana. Ever since I was a child I have been interested in the history of World War II. I was fortunate to have grown up surrounded by good men who were veterans of that war. My grandfather was a radioman in the Army Air Corps. I had four great-uncles who served - a B-17 pilot, a B-24 gunner, a Marine in the Pacific, and a dogface in Europe. There were also three men who were life long friends of the family who spent many hours telling me their tales - a gunner from the U.S.S. Mississippi, a fireman from the U.S.S. North Carolina, and a Sherman tank driver in Italy, France, and Germany. I hope that I will continue to learn new things about the war here on these forums, and I hope I am able to contribute back.