WWII Infantryman Fought in Battle of the Bulge, Liberated Dachau

I recently visited with Millard Schwartz whom I interviewed several years ago and whose story is featured in my first book, WWII Legacies: Stories of Northeast IN Veterans. Millard is a sweet man who always has a gentle smile on his handsome face. He is a humble but brave man who fought gallantly for our... Continue Reading →

Historic Ceremony Witnessed at Pegasus Bridge –Part 1

Tomorrow is our nation's birthday. I'm so proud to be part of America and it's glorious history and fantastic citizens. We're not perfect but I'd still rather live here than anywhere else. Celebrate by thanking a vet for his/her service! This photo was taken of a young girl awaiting arrival of Honor Flight of Northeast... Continue Reading →

Bucket List: Take WWII Tour of Europe– Done!

My husband and I just returned from a 2-week World War II tour of Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany! The photo of my husband and me is on the patio of the 'Eagle's Nest', Hitler's retreat center, above the village of Berchtesgaden, Germany. We went with a group of 29 Americans and 3 Australians and one... Continue Reading →

WWII Soldier Pens Memories of Ohrdruf’s Liberation

I regret missing the opportunity to post on Holocaust Remembrance Day, observed around the world on April 24, 2017. Hopefully, this special essay written by a soldier who was one of the first to liberate Ohrdruf, one of the first death camps discovered in Germany, will make up for the lateness. I met Edward Thomas... 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 →

Bob Batchelder’s Unusual WWII Surrender

Robert ‘Bob’ Batchelder of Fort Wayne landed on Omaha Beach at Normandy on June 6, 1944, as part of the D-Day invasion. “I crawled down the side of our landing craft with medical supplies into the cold water while guns strafed the water around us,” he said. “Thankfully, I knew how to swim.” He was... Continue Reading →

Hundreds Honor Vets at WWII Book Launch

I have never self-published a book before. neither have I hosted a book launch event for one of my books. Now I can say I’ve done both. My book, World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans, was delivered from my publisher, Ed Schwartz of Oak Creek Publishing a few weeks ago. The publisher... Continue Reading →

My New Book — World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans

An author’s life is full of significant days. Whether we’re researching, writing, publishing or promoting our books, we are in some aspect of working with books. After publishing 11 children’s books, I’m taking what some people might consider to be a 180-degree turn in writing. For the past 3 years I’ve been interviewing World War... Continue Reading →

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