Jeannette & Bruce Kenline Serving God and Country

This story is the result of interviews with a couple I met while working at a retirement home. They were the first couple I had met who had both served in the military. I admire them both.  I didn't have photos of them in uniform but the helmet is pretty awesome! ******* Jeannette and Bruce Kenline... Continue Reading →

Tips to Interviewing 100+ WWII Veterans

Sometimes people want to know what happens when I interview a World War II veteran. It's a process and always a privilege. First, I allot two hours for the interview. This does not include the time it takes to drive to/from the place where the veteran lives. The two hours does include my getting set up with... Continue Reading →

Vernon ‘Bun’ Affolder served at D-Day and Battle of the Bulge

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 →

WWII Navy Vet Aided at Pearl Harbor, Attu

  May 8, 1921-Jan 17, 2015 It is with sadness that I tell of the passing of Richard Vanderwall  whose story was included in my book, World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans. I met Richard Marvin Vanderwall, Sr. when my mother introduced me to him at the location where they both lived... Continue Reading →

Marty Wyall Last WWII WASP in Indiana

“Being a WASP changed our thinking about everything,” said Marty Wyall of Fort Wayne. Among the 25,000 applicants for the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots), Mary Anna Martin of Indianapolis was one of 1,830 women accepted and one of only 1,074 who completed the program. This is an excerpt from my book, World War II... Continue Reading →

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