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

 

Sgt. Thomas J. Kreps Military History Dec. 14, 1943 – Jan. 21, 1946 The year was 1943 and I was graduated from Holy Name High School in Cleveland, Ohio, in June of that year.   I was only 17 years old and not yet ready to be drafted until I turned 18 that September.  In preparation for the draft, I took the Army specialized training test which I passed with flying colors. …

 
 

My Air Force Days by Malcolm Lawrence Sr. Seventy-one years ago, at age 18, I was inducted into the U.S. Army. The date was October 25, 1943. At Fort Meade, Maryland, I passed the exams for both Officers’ Candidate School and Air Cadet Training and chose the latter. I was sent to Miami Beach, Florida for basic training with high hopes of becoming a B-17 bomber pilot. During my time there, one…

 
 

Darrel E Gottsch US Army Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe October 8, 1942 to March 2, 1946

 
 

The Crucial and Happy Years of 1944 to 1949 Alexander Alan Scarborough, June 2015 Author: Origins of Universal Systems (2008) Graduation Day at the University of Georgia in Athens (June 7, 1944) occurred the day after the D-day invasion. As a science major I had been allowed to graduate via an accelerated course in three years; Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor during my first quarter at the University of Georgia (Dec. 7,…

 
 

SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY by Paul Roberts It’s hard to believe, but 70 years ago, on a dreary June morning I watched a glider troop regiment slowly file out of their barracks onto the airstrip at Ramsbury, England, one of several forward bases prior to the invasion and liberation of Normandy, loaded with the paraphernalia of war, and enter their assigned gliders for a final trip into the hell that…

 
 

Pendleton Field December 30, 1941 Hello: This letter may seem a little overdue; however; I received your package yesterday, and this is the first opportunity that I have had to write. I appreciated your Thoughtfulness and kindness in remembering me with a box of excellent candy for Christmas. In fact it is difficult to assemble mere words to express my true gratitude. Thank you so very much! Although I did dislike being away…

 
 

Asbury Park Middle School Veterans Day Assembly On November 5, 2014 Desert Storm veteran, Mr. Cuccurullo, special education teacher in social studies, Mr. Wronko, social studies teacher, Mr. Schneider, social studies teacher,…

 
 

The H.H. Bagley Story Writers Notebook For years now I have thought about writing a short story about my grandfather and maybe my grandmother. My biggest fear has been that no one will read it or I will be criticized for my lack of writing skills. I have had…

 
 

Poems by Janet Collins – “Liberators” and “Burial at Ardennes”   Liberators By Janet Collins This sky of endless blue Laced with cotton candy, Poplars proudly lining roads – Was I never here before? I walk the runway’s bumpy mile, I see the tower’s flashing lights, This phantom vision calls to me, Keep watch with me a little while I hear the throbbing engines, Feel their quaking bodies, With straining wings outstretched, They lift, climbing towards the sun. Let me meet these gallant souls Who man…