Saving the stories of WWII Veterans
The memories of our veterans paint a more vivid picture than any history book. But with each year, as veterans pass on, their stories are lost, too.
Together, we can change that. Send us a video, documenting their experiences of the war and preserve this history before it slips away.
Here are a few memories from our collection.
“We had an angel under each wing.”
“We spent the entire night in the airplane, bouncing around in the Bering Sea.”
“It was a total 13 hour flight and we landed back with about 10 minutes worth of fuel left in our tanks.”
“We started out on our morning patrol, one engine caught fire.”
“The two planes got lost from each other.”
“He wrote often to my mother.”
“His submarine was run aground on an atoll in the Pacific… fortunately he survived.”
“He served as a chief motor mechanic aboard a submarine that was ported in Pearl Harbor.”
If you’re looking for topics to discuss, here are some suggestions to get the conversation started.
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The records that were destroyed in the fire.
On average, 80-100 pages of information per soldier were lost in the fire.
Here’s just some of the information contained in the records.
If you have a veteran in your family, theirs could be just the first of many stories to discover. Start a family tree at Ancestry and begin building your own history that tells the story of you.