Today I was reminded of the recent birthday of a veteran from one of my books. Harold Bradley was a farmer from Elmore City, Oklahoma, when he was drafted into the Army. He fought with the 740th Tank Battalion in the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge. Bradley survived the war and years... Continue Reading →
While serving in the Army as a military policeman in Europe, WWII vet George Buhler fought in major battles, including D-Day. In this week’s blog post, I’m going all of the way back to my first book – We Fought to Win: American WWII Veterans Share Their Stories (Book 1, World War II Legacies). George... Continue Reading →
Ray Boyer's story of serving in the US Army at the Battle of the Bulge in WWII is related in Kayleen Reusser's book, 'Battle of the Bulge: Stories From Those Who Fought and Survived.' Occasionally, I hear about a veteran with a great story who I’m unable to interview, due to his earlier death. Such... Continue Reading →
Bill Sawyer, an Army medic in the Aleutians during WWII, and my husband, John -- Air Force vet -- bonded during #Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana in 2016. Each January I honor World War II veterans with stories in my books who lost their lives the previous year. This particular list is significant because these... Continue Reading →
When Cal Schultz, the World War II veteran whom I had interviewed for a story in the News-Sentinel and whom I was trying to convince to go on an Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana, admitted he was afraid to fly, I was stymied-- almost. He and his wife had taken many aerial trips. He had... Continue Reading →
Sleeping in foxholes under several inches of snow was the norm during the Battle of the Bulge. Beresford Clarke saw many casualties. “It was difficult seeing people go down," he said.
My Vet of the Week is Vernon W. ‘Bun’ William Affolder of Decatur, IN. Mr. Affolder died on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. His birthday would have been tomorrow. I interviewed him in his home three years ago. He became emotional about several parts of the war that were still very real to him. That... Continue Reading →