Veterans

Veterans from all over the world tell their stories from the wars. Exclusive stories told by people who lived them. Collections of short stores from the Wars and Military category.

Edward Kersten

Edward Kersten – Integration of the Army

Edward Kersten remembers the day Harry Truman mandated a Presidential order to completely integrate the military. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Buzz Peterman

Buzz Peterman – Mid-Air Collision in Vietnam

Buzz Peterman talks about being hit by a wingman in mid-air and having his bomb rack stick to the wing of the plane during his time in Vietnam. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Reverend Wilson Canafax

Wilson Canafax – First soldier in Buchenwald

Reverend Wilson Canafax was a chaplain with the US Army at the end of the war in Germany and was the first US soldier to enter the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History.

Seymour Farber – B-29 Crashes

Seymour Farber recounts the catastrophic number of B-29 airplane crashes and the hundreds of lives lost during WWII.   CLICK HERE to see Seymour share various stories from WWII including tales from Pearl Harbor in the Short Story category, WWII- In the Pacific! CLICK HERE to see Seymour’s story about a couple who grew up…

George Brewer – Too Much Turkey

George Brewer talks about being transferred via electric train during the war. He and a train full of soldiers were stuck on the train for a week with no food when they stumbled upon a truck filled with large cans of turkey. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Raymond Bass – Scariest Moment

Raymond shares the scariest moment he experienced during WWII. CLICK HERE to see his Short Story about his family struggles during The Great Depression in The Great Depression Category! CLICK HERE to see his Short Story about his grandparents coming from Czechoslovakia to join the land rush in Oklahoma in the General Subjects & Everyday Life…

Brad Keith

Brad Keith – German Underground

Brad Keith’s Uncle, a navigator on a bomber plane, was shot down and quickly went into hiding under a road. One day a young German girl discovered him and returned with a sandwich for him to eat. Her father went to find him, took him back to his house and smuggled him across to a…

Henry Hank Richards

Henry “Hank” Richards – France

Hank Richards celebrated his 19th birthday on the frontlines in France during World War II, complete with fireworks. He goes on to speak highly of his Platoon commander, Lt. Rucker, whom risked gun fire to go speak with and encourage other soldiers. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

John Niland

John Niland – Saving Private Ryan

John Niland found out that the movie “Saving Private Ryan” was loosely based on his uncle during World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Al Tyler

Al Tyler – Philippines Mission World War II

Al Tyler was one of the three B-25s that were shot down on a tree top bombing mission over the Philippines in World War II. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Harold Culver- Running Army Communications

Harold Culver Talks about some of the trouble he went through to run coding and de-coding operations during the Vietnam War.   CLICK HERE to see Harold Culvers full Oral History CLICK HERE to see Harold Culvers Featured Short about his “explosive” welcome to Vietnam. CLICK HERE to see Harold Culvers Featured Short about one of his…

John Pingree

John Pingree – In Combat When Treaty Started

John Pingree was drafted into the frontlines of the Army during the Korean War. Listen to him talk about a year of life in the trenches and witnessing the end of the war. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Pat Bell

Pat Bell – British and US GIs

Pat Bell met her husband-to-be in an England pub and talks about the negative view the British had of the US GIs. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jack Douglass JD Ashabranner

Jack Douglas “JD” Ashabranner – Navy during the Korean War

Jack Douglas Ashabranner talks about his experience in the Navy during the Korean War including his 30 day ship ride to Hawaii then to Japan and finally Korea, a close call with shrapnel, and an S.O.S signal he could never find. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Steve Hart

Steve Hart – Eisenhower called him Son

Steve Hart talks about how he flew Eisenhower who was just like a father to him and tells funny stories about George Patton, a General in the US Army. CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History!

Sam Kogutt

Sam Kogutt – Battle of the Bulge

Sam Kogutt recounts the time he traveled through Belgium to get to the frontlines in the Battle of the Bulge. He and 20 other American/ British divisions were given 325,000 surrendered German soldiers by the end of it all. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

David Watson

David Watson – Man on the Moon

David Watson recalls being on a river in Vietnam and looking at the moon and realizing that we had a man on the moon. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Gigi McWhirter

Mary Gene “Gigi” McWhirter – Wartime Newspaper

Gigi McWhirter recalls her and her family gathering around her father reading the newspaper to hear the death tolls. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Carroll V Glines Jr

Carroll V. Glines Jr. – Tokyo Raid

Carroll V. Glines was General Doolittle’s biographer and he chronicled the raid on Tokyo. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Charles Wisler

Charles Wisler – Air Force Training

Charles Wisler says Air Force was sorry for not being able to give soldiers the training they were promised  before being transferred back to go to Airplane Engine and mechanics school. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History