Capturing Military Stories, One Veteran at a Time
Over the past several years I have had the privilege of interviewing 250 World War II veterans like Ray Willig, an Army soldier who lied about his age to enlist at age 16. Ray’s story of fighting at Omaha Beach is featured in my book soon to be released, D-Day: Soldiers, Sailors and Airman Tell about Normandy.
His and other veteran stories continue to fascinate me as I record their experiences and perspectives before it is too late and they are all gone.
My first three books contain nearly 100 stories based on these face-to-face interviews. The first book We Fought to Win: American WWII Veterans Share Their Stories contains stories from men and women who served in various branches, including 2 WASP (Women’s Air Service Pilots). The second book, They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans, contains stories about WWII veterans who served in the Marines, Army, Navy, Army Air Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines. My third book, We Gave Our Best: American WWII Veterans Tell Their Stories, includes a story of an Army Air Corps crew member who was shot down over occupied Germany and held prisoner for nearly a year by the Germans.
These books are in print and available in Kindle. We’ve also created an audio version of Book 1 that will be available for purchase soon.
Need a speaker?
After completing a 10-day WWII tour of Europe, I‘m happy to share my experiences with audiences of being on the battlefields of Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. The 45-minute talks are interspersed with comments told to me by WWII veterans who served there, including Omaha Beach as part of the D-Day Invasion.
My talk about Europe is designed to be inspiring and educational. Here is what one librarian said:
“Kayleen Reusser offered an excellent presentation. The audience seemed to enjoy seeing all of the pictures and hearing the stories. My family and I were still talking about it the next morning. I enjoyed working with the author and can’t wait to read her new book!” — Shana Neuenschwander, Berne (IN) Public Library
Contact information is available on my Speaking page.
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Coming Soon: World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans Audiobook!
Listen to the first story below. Follow me on social media for updates about when the audiobook will be available for purchase.