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

 

Circle of Remembrance By Janet Collins “Somewhere in England.” During World War II, how many thousands upon thousands of sweethearts and wives, mothers and father, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, cousins and friends, here in the United States, had received letters with that restricted address information? How many, in hope, answered their loved ones, writing to an APO number here in the states, their words to be forwarded to place…

 
 

The Theodore Roblee Story   Page 52 The Pilot ordered us to jettison all loose equipment to reduce weight. I gathered my flak jacket, steel helmet and the ammunition for my guns and threw them out of the front hatch. The crew did likewise. When I returned to my seat, looked up and saw my first jet, just after I had discarded my ammunition. I announced on the intercom, “German jet, eleven o’clock…

 
 

Blue and Gray circle patch – 29th Infantry Division, “Blue and Gray” Triangle Patch – 2nd Armored Division, known as “Hell on Wheels” Green with Red #1 patch – 1st Army Division, famous as “Big Red One” Blue Patch – US Army D -Day Amphibious & Engineering    

 
 

 Ernest W. Rossi — World War II Army Combat Veteran 1941-1945   Ernest Rossi’s Story, From his notes and conversations in his 89th and 90th years to a Vietnam veteran… I was 17 and working as an outside Bank Messenger in New York City in 1941. We all knew that the war in Europe was not going well, especially for the Brits. I wanted to join and serve so I stopped…

 
 

The Joseph P. Cascio Korean War Story My Father Joseph P. Cascio faithfully served his Country in the Korean War in the 45th Thunderbird Division. His Rank was Master Sergeant. He had a platoon of about seven men fighting in trenches on the front line and was pinned down. My father’s men spoke Italian and he instructed them to speak softly in Italian and stay low in order to throw…

 
 

Memorial Day at Asbury Park Middle School On May 23, 2014, in remembrance of the upcoming Memorial Day, Mr. Williams, 5th grade teacher and veteran, Mr. Wronko, seventh grade social studies teacher, and their students had an assembly honoring…

 
 

A Veteran Remembers Memorial Day in Afghanistan Memorial Day, 2012 wasn’t the same as I remember growing up:  There were no backyard BBQs. There was no summertime music. There were no pool parties, or girls to chase. Two years ago, my reserve unit and I took a “less traditional” vacation from work. Instead of packing up for a picnic, we packed our bags for Kandahar, Afghanistan, a place better known for…

 
 

 WWII Tokyo Raider  – Lt. Edgar McElroy Excerpts from a story by Perry Giles with contribution by Rick McElroy Born and raised in Ennis, Texas, I developed a love for airplanes from an early age – often imagining the freedom of flying my own plane.  As a young man during the turbulent times prior to WWII, I felt our country would soon be drawn into war and made the decision to…

 
 

Major Kurt Lee’s Birth date is shared with Stonewall Jackson. January 21st. The Major and I have been communicating for the past 2 Years or so,after I delivered a long held message to him from Colonel Archie Van Winkle, given to me back in 1972 while I served under the Colonel’s Command with the Military Police, aboard Camp Pendleton, USMC Base, San Diego, California. The Colonel and I shared many cups of…