Submitted stories and first hand oral accounts as told by American veterans

 

Genesis of the Japanese American Viet Nam Memorial by Judge Vincent Okamoto (reprinted from the Japanese American Historical Society Journal, 2001) The Japanese American National War Memorial Court is the only location in the country that honors by name the almost 1200 Americans of Japanese Ancestry who gave their lives in service to America.  The four walls honor WWII, The Korean War, the Vietnam War…

 
 

They Also Serve By John McCarney Senior Airman USAF 1973-1977   “… over Land and Ocean without rest:     They also serve who only stand and wait.”- Milton   A few years ago, my wife and I drove down to San Diego from Los Angeles. My son was coaching college baseball there and we decided to go visit him. After one of his games, he handed me a large manila envelope. “Hey Pops,…

 
 

From Walnut Cove to War By Mike Cinnamon Photo of Edwin Murphy Hill as a new Army Recruit taken in 1943. On 25 April and 8 May 2020, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of two historic events from WWII: the famous American-Soviet linkup between elements of the 69th Infantry Division and Soviet troops at the Elbe River in Germany and VE Day. Below is…

 
 

Anthony A. Yukanurtch, Jr., U.S. Army Served: December 22, 1942 to February 3, 1946 3 years, 1 month, and 3 days Honorably Discharged: February 3, 1946 Duties: Chaplain’s Assistant Medals: American Service Medal Good Conduct Medal WWII Victory Medal Dog Tag #: 32692056

 
 

Scars Paul Picker   SSGT USAF An Khe, Viet Nam August 1970-August 1971 There is the thought that the Viet Nam War has left a scar on the United States, no argument here. It was a war that was unsupported by many, it was a no win from the start. Fifty years later and we still have a visible scar for that war.  That scar is visible in myself and two of…

 
 

World War II Veteran Harry Kone Harry J. Kone If you would like to send Mr. Kone a happy birthday message, his address is: 165 Ashleigh Terrace, Marietta, GA. Harry Joseph Kone was born August 16, 1920 in Baltimore, MD to a Baltimore & Ohio Engineer and a homemaker, Harry and Marie Kone. They were loving and devoted parents to their only child. Harry grew up…

 
 

My Afternoon with a WWII Hero By Tammy Watson, Navigator I will never forget June 4, 2017. After completing what seemed like an endless, 12- hour shift in the ICU at Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills, I entered the elevator that routinely takes me down three floors to the lobby at the end of each day. This afternoon…

 
 

A Survivor of Pearl Harbor   My father was at Pearl Harbor on his way to Guadalcanal, on the USS San Francisco, a heavy cruiser, when Pearl Harbor was bombed December 7th 1941. The ship he was on was not touched during the bombing. The reason for that was when the…

 
 

SURVIVING THE ODDS As the dust settled, confusion began to set in. Unable to see or hear, the 16-year explosive ordnance disposal veteran tried to make sense of what just happened. As the disorientation slowly began to wear off, the technical sergeant realized there had been an explosion. He couldn’t feel his left arm and feared it was gone. Still unable to see or hear, and knowing there could be more improvised…

 
 

Captain Ruth Kinzeler, 4th General Army Hospital By Elizabeth (Liz) Dick, New Castle, PA This is the actual chronicle of a band of nurses in the Army Nurse Corps during WW2. My mother was one of these women, Captain Ruth Kinzeler of the 4th General Army Hospital. The 4th General Army Hospital was the very first United States Military Medical Unit deployed to the South Pacific Theater of the war. [caption id=”attachment_16203″…