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

 

Eric Wiesenhutter – World War II Story Eric Wiesenhutter was inducted in the United States Army on August 21, 1941. He was first assigned to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, but would eventually be sent overseas to England after America’s entrance into war. He and his comrades would land on Utah Beach two weeks after D-Day. Read his…

 
 

Students from Ghana meet with Military Veterans On April 29,…

 
 

A Holocaust Seminar with Special Guest Lou Parisi On April 22, 2016 the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School students participated in a history seminar remembering the Holocaust. The students created presentations that spoke about this dark time in history. For instance, their presentations consisted of the causes and effects of the Holocaust, poems of Holocaust survivors, and the special diary of Anne Frank.  Attending this event was…

 
 

Night Patrol by Samuel W. Ballinger, Company E, 328th IR, 26th ID My story begins during the frigid, snowy days in early December 1944 when I was a 23 year old Corporal whose outfit was billeted in the University City of Metz in southeast France, which is about halfway between Luxembourg and the City…

 
 

A Miracle on the Battlefield I hated myself for running away. My body was bleeding with shrapnel wounds. The malaria made my head ache with dizziness, I shook with chills, nausea; first the vomiting, then diarrhea. The troops had long since run out of quinine; I would just have to tough it out. I have never run from a fight in all my life. The final stages of the battle with the Japs was winding down; our…

 
 

  2357: From left to right: George Reed, Djephca Cagilus, Perfecto…

 
 

VADM Frederick L. Ashworth VADM Frederick L. Ashworth was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He served as a commanding officer in Torpedo Squadron Eleven (TV-11), a Staff Aviation Officer, and eventually became Assistant Head of Engineering for the Manhattan Project. He was the weaponeer in crew of B-29 BocksCar for the attack on Nagasaki. This is his autobiography, passed on to AVC by his son Rick Ashworth. The…

 
 

    Over a slice of  Nancy Young’s apple pie, I learn about love and war A candy striper’s Lily of the Valley-scented letters represented a sliver of saneness for Marine Bill Young, who, at the time, was a machine gunner in Vietnam. “When the mail came in, it was a big deal; it was your only connection with the real world,” Bill recalls,…

 
 

761st Tank Battalion The Story of the 761st “Black Panther” Tank Battalion, the decorated all African-American unit who served with valor during World War II. Narration by actor Joe Mantegna.

 
 

Quarry Stockade, A Play by Herman Arsham Introduction Herman Arsham, our father, was the third of four children born to Russian Jewish immigrants in the Bronx, New York. He was born with very limited eye-sight and wore “bottle bottom” glasses from the time he was about two years old. When he was thinking about marrying our mother he…