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 – Aircraft Gunners

Maurice explains how the gunners on the aircraft help the pilots avoid anti-aircraft fire. 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 his Short Story about the lead plane in his…

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

Ken Nelson

Ken Nelson – The Hump

Ken Nelson flew cargo from India to China over the Himalayas A.K.A “The Hump”. He was trained using a C-46. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Whitten – Flying in the U.S. Air Force

Bill Whitten speaks about being a Jet Fighter during the Korean War. He details being the sole survivor of two planes crashing. CLICK HERE to see Bill’s Short Story about the way Germans and Koreans thought about Americans in the Korean War Category! CLICK HERE to see his Round Table Discussion on the Korean War…

David Maxfield

David Maxfield – Saved by a Battery

David Maxfield had a close call in Vietnam, but was saved by a battery during a fire fight. 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

Jack Douglass JD Ashabranner

Jack Douglas “JD” Ashabranner – SOS Over Japan

CLICK HERE to see JD’s Short Story on his experience in the Navy during the Korean War in the Korean War Category! CLICK HERE to see JD’s full Oral History! Born in 1931 Raised in Burnet, TX Navy Korean War Filmed in Dallas, TX in 2016

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

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…

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

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 Steve’s Short Story about when he was forced to land in a German minefield in the WWII – In Europe and at…

Dana Carroll – Segregation in the Military

Dana describes what it was like to serve in the segregated Army, and the feeling when President Truman finally integrated the Armed Forces. CLICK HERE to see Dana’s Short Story on how he received the Purple Heart, in the Korean War Short Story Category! CLICK HERE to see his full Oral History! Born in 1918…

Joe Applewhite

Joe Applewhite – The Chinese Attacked

CLICK HERE to see his Short Story on his great grandfather during and after the Civil War, including the start of sharecropping in the Slavery & Segregation Category! CLICK HERE to see Applewhite’s full Oral History! Born in 1928 Raised in New Albany, MS Army Korean War Filmed in Dallas, TX in 2014

Charles Alford

Charles Alford – Battle of the Bulge

Charles Alford talks about being unprepared in Bastogne, stumbling unpon Buchenwald, the horrors he saw in the concentration camp, and being a Liberator in the Battle of the Bulge. CLICK HERE to see his Short Story about how he enlisted in the Army, but first had to try and cheat on the Eye Exam, in…

Bill Usher

Bill Usher – In The Vatican

Bill talks about his trip to Rome, while on assignment, where he was able to climb the cupola in the Vatican. CLICK HERE to see Bill’s Short Story about his re-assignment on the USS Randolph during World War II in the WWII – In The Pacific Category! CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History.

Gary Kronick

Gary Kronick – Hidden Sniper and Hit by a Rocket

Gary’s scariest moment during his time in Vietnam was when his team was ambushed by a hidden sniper and a rocket exploded near him, hitting him with shrapnel. CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History.

Howard Cohen

Howard Cohen – Parachute Belts

Howard Cohen says World War II was financially prosperous for his family due to his father being commissioned by the US Air Force to make parachute belts during World War II. 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.

Bill Huber

Bill Huber – Ferrying President Roosevelt

Bill Huber was just 21 years old when he was aboard the USS Iowa ferrying President Roosevelt to North Africa. The ship was almost sunk by accidental fire of a torpedo from a neighboring ship. CLICK HERE to watch 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…