A Final Toast: Doolittle’s Raiders The mission of the American Veterans Center is to guard the legacy and honor the sacrifice of America’s heroes – something we will accomplish through the production of the documentary film A Final Toast: Doolittle’s Raiders. The legacy of the famed Doolittle Raid will live on by…

 
 

Lieutenant Colonel James Megellas Lieutenant Colonel James “Maggie” Megellas served during WWII as an officer in the United States Army. Originally assigned with the signal corp, he then volunteered to be a paratrooper in order to see combat. He was moved to H Company, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which was part of the 82nd Airborne Division, where he would remain andeventually command….

 
 

SILENT SOLDIERS Spellbound Pictures presents “Silent Soldiers,” a song giving a voice and paying tribute to America’s servicemen and women. A portion of the proceeds go to the American Veterans Center, helping us fulfill our mission of preserving the legacy and honoring the sacrifice of America’s veterans. AVC is always proud to pass along the stories of our country’s heroes, encouraging its citizens…

 
 

Francis “Jeep” Sanza Francis “Jeep” Sanza, World War II veteran of the Army’s 3457th Medium Auto Maintenance Company, was drafted into the Army in 1941. As General George Patton’s personal Jeep driver, Sanza spent a lot of one-on-one time with the General, and quite literally had a front seat to some of the greatest action of the war. Sanza reflects on his service in the…

 
 

Major Thomas C. Griffin On April 18, 1942 the U.S. Army Air Corps executed an air raid on Tokyo led by Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle, eventually dubbed the “Doolittle Raid.” The Raid was successful in catching the Japanese off-guard, as well as boosting the morale of American citizens – which was quite low following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Major Thomas Carson Griffin was the…

 
 

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    

 
 

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…

 
 

Dear Friend, You might not know this about me, but long before I became the host of Wheel of Fortune, I served in the Army as the morning disc jockey at Armed Forces Radio in Saigon. Each morning, I roused my fellow soldiers out of bed with shouts of “Gooooood Morning, Vietnam!” I am proud to count…

 
 

 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…