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At age 16, Howard M. Heisler ran away from his Minnesota home to join the U.S. Army. In his oral history you can hear what it was like for a 16-year old to embark on that journey. By the time he was 18, he could claim to be a veteran of the campaign fought on the Phillippine island of Luzon where Gen. Douglas MacArthur claimed that operations there were complete on June 28, 1945. During 2004, Mr. Heisler sat down with an interviewer from the NMPW oral history program to talk about what it was like for him to become a member of the 1st Cavalry Division, travel to Australia and then take part in the fighting at the Admiralty Islands, Leyte and Luzon – all before reaching the legal age to drink alcohol in his home state. To learn more, please have a listen to Howard Heisler’s recording in our digital repository here: