Upon being drafted into the U.S. Navy on August 5, 1943, Gareth Wiedekehr of Berne, Indiana, attended boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. He received training for Morse code at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and graduated as a Radioman 3rd class, equivalent to a sergeant in the Army. At Naval Station... Continue Reading →
This story is part of the collection in my book, It Was Our War Too: Youth in the Shadows of WWII. It reminds us that war takes a toll on those left behind. Thanks to the vets and their families reading this. When 12-year-old Joan Wojciechowski arrived home from school in late October 1944, her... Continue Reading →
A recent post by Joan Stewart, a book marketing expert who titles herself ‘Publicity Hound’ because she also loves dogs and includes a vid about them in her newsletters, prompted this post about the topic of mental illness. Caption: Bombed-out homes confronted civilians everywhere in Europe during WWII. Photo by WWII vet Keith McComb. A... Continue Reading →
Exciting news! My new book, It Was Our War Too: Youth in the Shadows of World War II, is out! This 150+-page book available on Amazon contains stories from 18 men and women whom I interviewed (with the exception of one) involved with World War II as children and teens. They grew up in the... Continue Reading →
I collect stories as some people collect rare books or stamps. Stories fascinate me. As a newspaper reporter and magazine writer, I had the (paid) opportunity to listen to people tell stories. I’ve literally heard 1,000s of oral histories, often from people who didn't believe they were interesting enough to have a story. I believe... Continue Reading →
I may just be echoing what no doubt thousands of other people have said today but THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR MILITARY VETERANS! WE DO LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOU! YOU HAVE DEDICATED YOUR LIVES TO OUR FREEDOM AND WE CAN NEVER REPAY YOU. I'M GLAD TO BE A PATRIOT! THANK YOU!
On Veteran’s Day I want to say a special thanks to my husband, John, for serving 21 years in the United States Air Force. He retired from the 122nd Fighter Wing at Fort Wayne International Airport. He always enjoyed his time with the Air Force and influenced our son to follow his footsteps in the... Continue Reading →