World War II Seaman Faced Death Three Times in the Pacific

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 →

Women’s History Month Features WWII Vet Marceil Saalfrank Harris

As a continuation of March as Women’s History Month today I’m featuring Marceil Saalfrank Harris. During World War II, Marceil enlisted as a member of the WAVES, which is an acronym for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. It was the women's branch of the United States Naval Reserve during World War II. Of the 16 million people... Continue Reading →

French Woman Served in Resistance During WWII

As March is Women’s History Month, I’m delighted to present the story of a woman I met to interview for my latest book, It Was Our War Too: Youth in the Shadows of WWII. Shortly after graduating from college in Paris during World War II, Marie Vance volunteered to join the  French Resistance fighters. She... Continue Reading →

Tribute to African-American World War II Veteran Vaughan Whitworth

In honor of African American History Month this February, I pay tribute to the struggles and achievements of the people and events that have shaped our nation. Today I share the story of Vaughan Whitworth of Los Angeles, California. Whitworth fought as part of the 4th Marine Division, 7th fleet, 51st and 52nd Battalion in... Continue Reading →

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