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

 

    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…

 
 

Remember Pearl Harbor My father, Joseph E Bendeck Sr., served on the battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) from 1941-1946. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, it was the only fully functioning battleship remaining in the United State Navy. Built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard,…

 
 

Two Eassays for Veterans Day 2015 On November 2, 2015 Mr. Wronko, social studies teacher invited Lou Parisi, World War II veteran and Alfonse Freda, Korean War veteran, back to Asbury Park Middle School. This year the two veterans were treated to student presentations on famous battles in history. These presentations were done in Microsoft Power Point. Those presentations were as follows, the Battle of Midway (World War II), the…

 
 

St. William School in Cincinnati Ohio is in need of your help to find a listing of young soldiers who were students and served in the war. This year the St. William Bid and Buy Booth received a framed listing of Soldiers who we believe to be from WWII. There are 754 names we would like to find the families and their survivors. To celebrate the Re-Dedication of this Memorial…

 
 

A World War II Veteran’s Story by Samuel Hoseit This is a funny story told by my late father who served in the 13 AAF (Jungle) USAAF, 5th Bomb Group (H). In 1945, the “Bomber Barons” were camped in the jungle near the Australians. My father and some other flyboys were invited for dinner at the Australian Camp. They were being fed a steady diet of Spam and were sick of…

 
 

Memorial Day at Ashbury Park by David Wronko On May 26, 2015, in remembrance of Memorial Day, Mr. Wronko, sixth and seventh grade social studies teacher, and his students had an assembly honoring two veterans from two major wars, World War II and the Vietnam War. Those veterans were Lou Parisi, World War II veteran and Wilbur V. Martin, Vietnam veteran. The assembly consisted of three power point presentations, the veterans…

 
 

Article by Fiddle Viracola Amazing happened. As the Riverside California, Navy Veteran ceremony for my brother Joseph Rocco Viracola was beginning, Marines learned he was a nephew of Marine MOH Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone. (Aunt Lena, the hero’s Marine wife is buried there). IMMEDIATEDLY Marines flooded forth and joined in…

 
 

When Ralph Nutter finished his initial combat tour–25 B-17 bombing missions over France, Belgium, and Germany–he knew he was lucky too. But it’s the sort of luck that would give some people nightmares. Nutter had been quickly promoted to group navigator, flying with Colonel Curtis LeMay, a man he greatly admired. He had been awarded commendations and a flying cross and congratulated by U.S. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. from…