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WWII Veterans

Post by D_Conrad » Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:11 pm

I have had the honor to be able to speak with two WWII veterans this year. I have been doing a project where I have been looking for veterans of the second world war who are willing to share their experiences. I have met some amazing people. Albert (Al) Arreola was a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps stationed in europe in late 1944 and served as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 named The Latest Rumor flying 35 missions. The second, Col. Richard Bushong was a pilot of B-17s in Europe in late 1943 early 1944 flying 25 missions. Unlike Al who was in the same bomber for all 35 missions, Richard went through 6 different aircraft due to the amount of damage sustained throughout his flights. I am still looking for more veterans and am working on making a book containing all of the experiences that have been shared with me.
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by eaw46 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:51 am

Great that you are doing this. We are losing all of these great people. All WW2 Vets are in their 90s Korean war Vets are in their 80s and there are less every day.

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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by Bill H. » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:46 am

Very cool! It's so important to get their stories. Soon those stories will be lost with these fine men.
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by D_Conrad » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:28 am

The ball turret gunner is 94 and the pilot is 96. Both still sharp as tracks and even driving themselves! I'm trying my best to get as many as I can, I had a rough start but I'm picking up some momentum now, hope to have a book together within a year or so!
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by Ed Roberts » Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:29 pm

Good on you Daniel. Your project is a Triple Crown: Recognition for them, Pride for yourself in your efforts and the appreciation of us in enjoying your work. Keep on keepin' on !
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by D_Conrad » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:34 am

Thank you! It's been a goal for a while. My next one I'll be speaking to was an A-20 pilot
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by D_Conrad » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:17 pm

Got to speak with Bob Reierson today. A20 pilot in the Pacific and flew 56 missions from mid 1944-1945. Great knowledgeable man was a pleasure to talk to and will make a great section in my future book!
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by Ed Roberts » Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:26 pm

Daniel, excellent work you are doing. No one is ever too old to be told how appreciated they are. Many times, maybe mostly, the "Aw, Shucks" crowd.
You make me proud to be a part of this group.
Best, Eddie
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by D_Conrad » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:58 pm

Ed Roberts wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:26 pm
Daniel, excellent work you are doing. No one is ever too old to be told how appreciated they are. Many times, maybe mostly, the "Aw, Shucks" crowd.
You make me proud to be a part of this group.
Best, Eddie
Thank you very much, it has been such a pleasure to be doing this
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by D_Conrad » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:08 pm

I have been blessed with the opportunity to chat with three more veterans.

Gene Sanders fought in the pacific theater. Landing in the Philippines in one of the first waves and fighting his way up to the summer capital of Bagio as a 2and machine gunner. Gene went on to help with the clean up effort in Nagasaki Japan after the atomic bomb was dropped.

Norman Chesin also fought in the Philippines with an anti aircraft battery as a machine gunner. Norman made his way through the Philippines and also ended up staying in Japan after the dropping of the bomb.

Carl Haupt started his military career as a radio man in the US Navy on a PBY Catalina. Carl's PBY served as an escort aircraft for the convoys of ships leaving the US and heading towards Europe. Carl's crew flew out of Rhode island and made trips lasting on average 14 hours with the ships.

I have several more leads I hope will result in more interviews to be added to my book!
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by 70th Division » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:55 pm

Hello,

Excellent work Daniel !!!
Thanks for sharing your experiences with the WW2 Veterans !!

I met last week the last original member of Darby's Rangers.
James Morton,
He was taken out of Italy in 1944.
A great guy, and in good shape, must have been all that Ranger training !


Best Regards,
Ray

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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by D_Conrad » Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:22 pm

70th Division wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:55 pm
Hello,

Excellent work Daniel !!!
Thanks for sharing your experiences with the WW2 Veterans !!

I met last week the last original member of Darby's Rangers.
James Morton,
He was taken out of Italy in 1944.
A great guy, and in good shape, must have been all that Ranger training !


Best Regards,
Ray
Thank you! And that's awesome! I love speaking with them it's very rewarding.
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by D_Conrad » Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:25 pm

I did a quick rough draft mock up of a book cover idea I had. I want a photo of each vet in the book on the cover. What are your guys thoughts? Any criticism or ideas?
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by D_Conrad » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:04 pm

I need to tweak the color but made it close to OD
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Re: WWII Veterans

Post by jkillelea » Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:28 pm

You might be able to go to a publisher and get money to do the project. This is a very timely subject. Also try GoFundMe. It's a worthwhile thing. Cover layout looks great


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