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"It sounded like they were celebrating Hirohito's birthday. I had two machine guns firing at me [and] rifle fire. This is the one time I thought I was dead." (Video Interview, 13:49)

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Kenneth Stein [2004]
War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Army
Unit: Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Battalions
Service Location: China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater
Rank: Captain
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For a man who was initially reluctant to serve in World War II-he had a wife and young child when the U.S. entered the conflict-Kenneth Stein wound up with as perilous an assignment as possible. Work for the newly formed OSS attracted him, and he was assigned to the China-Burma-India Theater, where he allied with native guerrillas and commandos to harass the Japanese. By war's end, he had, in his words, contracted "every type of dysentery known to man" as well as malaria, but he had also gained the satisfaction of taking the fight directly to the enemy

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Hearing about the new Office of Strategic services and arranged to be interviewed for it; training on Catalina Island; assigned to Burma in the Chinese-Burma-India Theater; parachuting without training;a guerrilla fighter working behind enemy lines. (06:59) Close shaves with death during ambushes; often had to provide his own medical treatment; because he was working undercover, there was no official recognition for his wounds. (05:43) After recovering from injuries, a second mission in China working with a new unit, the Chinese Commandos; were to take an airstrip to be used for US planes returning from bombing runs over Japan. (02:20)
What his military career taught him about life. (00:36)  
  
 

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