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.

Maurice Ashkinaz

Maurice Ashkinaz – Lead Plane in Formation Shot Down

Maurice talks about the lead plane in his formation being shot down during WWII. CLICK HERE to see Maury’s Short Story where he talks about the difference between Hollywood and actually flying over Europe during WWII in the WWII in Europe and Home Category! CLICK HERE to see Maury’s Short Story where he talks about…

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

Hal Power

Hal Power – Honor Medals

Hal Power’s honor medals – a break down. He received a Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Stars with “V” for Valor, Good Conduct Medal, four Purple Hearts, German-Held Prisoner of War medal, and many more. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

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

Jerry Benjamin

Jerry Benjamin – Jewish War Veterans

Jerry Benjamin is an active leader in the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, thanks to his wife’s prodding. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Don Saddler

Don Saddler – Cargo Planes in Vietnam

Don Saddler recalls his missions flying cargo planes in Vietnam. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Fiske Hanley

Fiske Hanley II – Japanese Prisoner of War

Fiske Hanley II was a Japanese prisoner due to his war crimes who escaped death three times. He talks about running into a former classmate in one of the prisons. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jim & Peg Ong

Jim & Peg Ong – Working at a Prisoner of War Enclosure

Jim and Peg Ong talk about working in the Prisoner of War Enclosure and identifying SS soldiers by the branding on their arm. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Dick Hamann

Richard “Dick” Hamann – Fidel Castro

Dick Hamann had a harrowing experience with Fidel Castro’s revolutionaries when he was stationed at Guantanamo Bay in the Navy. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Seymour Farber – Survival Kit

Seymour Farber’s survival kit from World War II has some interesting items included in it. 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! CLICK HERE to see Seymour’s Short Story…

Ito Perl

Seinwil “Ito” Perl – U-Boat Survivors

Ito Perl talks about how his father would clothe U-Boat accident victims during WWII. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Marjorie Corbin

Marjorie Corbin – Close Call

Marjorie Corbin talks about her husband, Richard Corbin, who was in the special services of the Army during World War II. He was placed in a foxhole in Italy where he was found by German soldiers who forced him onto a train to be a Prisoner of War, but he quickly escaped. CLICK HERE to…

Seymour Farber – Japan Bombing

Seymour Farber met a couple that grew up in Japan who were not aware that the Allied planes had bombed their cities during World War II.   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…

Bob Northington

Bob Northington – Start of World War II

Bob Northington talks about the start of World War II and how he got involved. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jack Neal – Letters to himself from Vietnam

  Jack Neal shares the contents of the letter he wrote to himself when he was in the Vietnam war. CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History.

Morris Shaw

Morris Shaw – Waist Gunner on a B-17

Morris Shaw was drafted in 1941 to be waist gunner on a B-17 in World War II. He recounts the things he endured during his deployment, from sub zero temperatures to getting shot in the leg during his 20th mission. He also talks about the time he took a picture of a plane right as…

Mike Tinghitella

Mike Tinghitella – VJ Day

Mike Tinghitella recalls sneaking down during a Brooklyn Block party celebrating VJ Day and seeing party goers spot a Sailor and hoist him up to praise him. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bob Warren

Bob Warren – D-Day

Bob Warren recalls learning that he and five other soldiers were being sent on another mission to replace the pilots they were going to lose on D-Day. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Brad Keith

Brad Keith – Chinese Fighter Jets

Brad Keith was in a naval convoy that went to General Quarters during the Korean War when China launched some fighter jets. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Harry Icke

Harry Icke – Pilot Rescue

Harry Icke, a Forward Air Controller, was involved in the rescue of a downed pilot in Vietnam. He worked alongside a Navy Seal named Tom Norris who later recieved the Medal of Honor for the rescue. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History