While Veterans Day is always a time for us to honor those who have served in wars, this November 11th is especially notable because it also marks the 100th anniversary since the end of World War I. Instead of posting an interview with a World War II veteran, we wanted to share a superb interview posted by YouTube user ly776 that was recorded in the 1980s. Lester Hillegas served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and died in 1989.
To all of our veterans, we want to extend our sincerest appreciations for your military service.
Of all the interviews with World War II veterans that we have watched, this might be the first time we have found one who was a radio operator on a B-17. Watch his compelling interview with WHAS11 below.
We found an excellent interview by WWII Veterans History Project with Julius Haberman, a former member of the 69th Infantry Division who served in the European Theater in World War II. Among his experiences was an encounter with prisoners in a concentration camp. Listen to his story below.
We found another interview to share with you this week. Here, Fergus Anckorn recounts his time as a POW in the Pacific Theater. His multiple brushes with death during World War II played a major role in the shaping of his perspective on life.
Allen T. Long served in the European Theater during World War II. Listen to his stories, courtesy of the WWII Veterans History Project.
From the US Embassy to Belgium comes an interview with a World War II veteran who was on the shores of Normandy in the heat of battle on June 6, 1944.
Little is known about the Japanese Americans who served during World War II and we realized we hadn’t shared any videos of these veterans talking about their experiences. This YouTube video, posted by Heather Wokusch, is a 2012 interview with Kazuo “Fred” Yamaguchi, who served in the U.S. Military Intelligence Service.
We also want to take a moment to recognize everyone who has served in the armed forces over the years. To those veterans, thank you for your service.
We wanted to highlight another one of the many interviews with World War II veterans that have been uploaded to YouTube. Here, WTNH News8 interviewed Anthony Pegnataro, who fought at Okinawa.
This week, we thought we’d share one of the many interviews of World War II personnel on YouTube. This man, Wendell Anderson, joined the Seabees at age 17 and served in the Pacific during World War II. Here, he talks about his interesting experiences at the time.