Attack at Pearl Harbor From a Child’s Point of View – Part 1

This is the first of a 3-part series of excerpted stories about the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor that occurred on December 7, 1941. They are all stories from people I’ve interviewed. Their stories are published in the books listed. ** Charlotte Butterworth Schnieders lived in Honolulu as a preschooler when the Japanese bombed Pearl... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday to My Favorite Vet & the Marine Corps!

My husband received this beautiful American flag at his retirement at the 122nd Fighter Wing in Ft Wayne, IN. My daughters & I attended the event. Today, my husband John celebrates a birthday! He is my favorite veteran (Air Force) and introduced me to military life as a spouse and later as a mother of... Continue Reading →

Tribute to Bill Sawyer- Medic in Aleutians WWII

Bill Sawyer served as an Army medic in the Aleutians during the war. One blessing from my interviews with 260 World War II veterans is not only meeting a great group of people, but sometimes finding great friends among them. The easiest ones to get to know are those within our local community since this... Continue Reading →

VJ Day- 75th Anniversary of End of WWII

Seventy-five years ago, on August 14, 1945, World War II came to an end when Emperor Hirohito of Japan accepted conditions of unconditional surrender to Allied forces. The following day, August 15, was officially proclaimed V-J Day (Victory in Japan) in the United States. It became a day of celebration and thanksgiving around the world.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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