WWII Sailor Killed by Kamikaze

I wrote this story about a soldier who grew up in my community. Nearly every day, newspapers carried sad notifications about soldiers and sailors who had perished during the war. Part of the research was with this soldier’s brother who is still living in his 90s. ** Gerald Eugene Lesh On December 26, 1943, Electrician’s... Continue Reading →

Sam Hayward’s duties were to clean berths aboard the USS Yorktown

Another veteran from my book, They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans, who is planning to attend the book launch is Sam Hayward. This was a different type of interview for me as he was the first black veteran I had ever interviewed. I was thrilled that Sam allowed me to talk... Continue Reading →

WOWO’s Komet Hockey Announcer Bob Chase Decoded Messages during WWII

Most of us in northern Indiana recognize the name of Bob Chase as connected with WOWO radio. For 65 years, Bob Chase was an announcer for the Komet Hockey team on WOWO radio. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Chase -- actually that was his radio name based on his wife’s maiden name --... Continue Reading →

They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans releases this week!

It’s Time to Get Excited! The book that’s been a year in the making is just about ready to be released. Just a few more days and I can't wait! They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans has been a labor of love, but I’m thrilled with the 34 stories of men &... Continue Reading →

Vets Describe D-Day

D-Day. June 6, 1944. Possibly only a handful of dates in our nation’s military history are more well- known other than Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941). D-Day was a top secret event that had been planned for months. Every branch was involved in storming the beaches of Normandy France to overcome Hitler's forces. Here are a few... Continue Reading →

Coast Guard Seaman Sailed on USS Wakefield

James ‘Jim’ Joseph Meyer was my first introduction to a member of the US Coast Guard. It's hard to find Coast Guard members in the Midwest! I've since interviewed two others who served during WWII. I salute all of our branches and thank each vet for his/her service! Upon graduating from Central Catholic High School... Continue Reading →

Pearl Harbor Naval Survivor Recounts December 7, 1941 — Pt 1

  Today I’m posting a story from a sailor who was on the USS St Louis stationed at Pearl Harbor in December 1941. You can hear a brief account of his experience here. Thanks to Bryan Lineberry, teacher at Bellmont High School in Decatur, IN, for inviting me to meet Mr. Garrett. I’ll post a... Continue Reading →

WWII Seaman Al LeFevra Served Aboard USS Gemsbok in South Pacific

“From everyday small feats to undeniably heroic efforts, the accomplishments and achievements of America’s Navy are vast and significant. Since its birth on October 13, 1775, the Navy has been involved with more than ten major wars and countless battles in the effort to bring security, democracy and prosperity to the American people and to... Continue Reading →

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