Hundreds Attend Book Launch to tell WWII Vets Thanks

Many of you participated in our book launch party for They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans on Saturday, Nov 4, 2017, at the Allen County Public Library. I think it’s safe to say, as the photo below shows, it was a smashing success! Several hundred people are estimated to have attended to meet/... Continue Reading →

Funeral of a Soldier

After 3 weeks of searching for family to claim Mr. Beavers’ body for burial, no one came forward. The Allen County coroner finally gave up. Thankfully, a local funeral home offered to conduct a funeral for Mr. Beavers and invited the public to attend to show their respect for him and his service. Estimates of possibly (I'd say probably) more than 1,000 people – many from out of state—were there.

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 →

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 →

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