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Ever Wonder What World War II Was All About?

My book, ‘Battle of the Bulge: Stories From Those Who Fought and Survived’ releases July 1, 2021.

Maybe your father or mother was one of the 16 million American who fought for freedom against dictators from 1941-1945 (and on into 1946). I bet you heard little, if anything, of his/her service. If you were lucky, you got a photo of your parent in uniform.

That’s it.

For the past decade I’ve heard this same lament from hundreds of children/ friends, family of vets who came home from the war and never wanted to talk about their service.

After interviewing a WWII Marine for a newspaper story, I became enthralled with their stories. I then began a quest of interviewing as many World War II veterans I could find.

Today, that number stands at 260 – men and women from various branches – Army, Navy, Army Air Corps, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines. Some were in combat; some were behind the scenes, making it possible for those in the fighting to succeed. All stories were important.

Now few of those 16 million remain among us. Those who are still living are age 95 and older — I have interviewed 100-year-olds!

When so many World War II veterans are deceased, it’s a privilege to put their stories into books and magazine stories. You’ll find many of them in my books, on my social media accounts and in the dozens of talks I give each year.

I am a proud Air Force wife and mother. It’s an honor to help preserve our national military heritage.

So, if you always wished you could have learned more about what your parent, friend, neighbor, teacher did during the war, dig in here. I’m willing to bet you will learn something and that your sense of patriotism will go through the roof!

Showing a photo of my husband and me standing in a foxhole during a talk about our WWII Tour of Europe at Ft Wayne (IN) History Center.

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Kayleen Reusser

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