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 wanted to draw your attention to an interview done by YouTube user PhotosInMotion with Iwo Jima veteran Glenn M. Stroven. He talks about his life before, during and after World War II.
Ever wanted to know how a B-24 is put together? This half hour video explains the whole process at the Willow Run plant, set up by the Ford Motor Company. By using the same concept to mass produce cars, workers at Willow Run were able to build one brand new B-24 in under an hour. Hard to believe, right? Watch the video to find out how they did it.
This veteran’s decision to volunteer at the National WWII Museum changed his life.
We found an interesting video on YouTube to share with you this week. Alex Sahr was a B-24 nose gunner in Europe. He shared some of his experiences during World War II, some of which are quite funny. Please enjoy.
Across the globe, today is a day to recognize those who have served in the military. We don’t always look at this day from the other side though. How do the veterans feel when they are thanked for their service? What about when we call them heroes? David Botti of BBC News took a closer look at the relationship between American veterans and civilians in a short, thought-provoking documentary.
Nearly 30 years ago, Tony Mazzolini found the B-29 Superfortress known as Doc wasting away in the Mojave Desert. He waded through the process of acquiring the plane from the government and began restoration efforts in 2000. Today, Doc is nearly airworthy. A group called Doc’s Friends launched a Kickstarter campaign at the beginning of October to get donations for the last phase in the long process. On October 22nd, the campaign met its goal with a week to spare.
As World War II fades into memory, so do the links to that time. Without a direct link to events in the past, we lose those strong connections that makes history real for those who didn’t live during those times. Thanks to groups like Doc’s Friends and the Collings Foundation, everyone has a chance to to see these warbirds up close, hear them fly overhead, look inside and even ride in them. Between these and the recording stories from veterans, the links can be maintained longer. People gain a deeper understanding of what they have been taught since elementary school.
It takes years for these planes to become airworthy and a significant amount of time and money to keep them that way. In spite of the costs, giving people an opportunity to see these pieces of history is well worth the effort. Congratulations to Doc’s Friends for working so hard to get a second B-29 flying again. We can’t wait to see it back in the air.