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WWII Veteran Frank Vegnone Oral History Interview

Veteran Oral History Interview

Frank VegnoneI had the honor and pleasure this past weekend to conduct an oral history interview of Frank Vegnone, a World War II Veteran from the U.S. Army, 10th Armored Division, 61st Armored Infantry Battalion, Company A.  The interview took place in Webster, Massachusetts, the hometown for Frank Vegnone.  Frank was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and served until 1946.  During his service, Mr. Vegnone was a rifleman and achieved the rank of Sergeant.  As the 10th Armored Division pushed through France and into Germany, Frank saw action in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.  Most notably, Frank was actively involved in the Battle of the Bulge from its inception as well as the bloody Hurtgen Forest. In serving his country, Frank was awarded two Purple Heart medals, the Bronze Star, and the French Legion of Honor medal.

I will be preparing the oral history interview for submission to the U.S. Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project as well as to the National World War II Museum.  The record submitted will include Frank’s service record and select photos of him while in the service as well as photos of his medals.  At the end of the project, an edited copy of the interview along with all submissions will be provided to Frank and his family as a keepsake.  Thank you Mr. Vegnone for your service!  Frank Vegnone Oral History Interview

Weekly Review for Veterans and Oral History for Friday, August 14, 2015


US PFC Lou Roth – Third Army

Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week for U.S. Veterans. Enjoy!

History Maker: US PFC Lou Roth – Third Army

A week or 10 days after boarding a victory ship in New York Harbor Pfc. Lou Roth of Baltimore, Md. sailed into Le Havre, France together with thousands of other G.I.s. It was August 1945, a few months after the end of World War II in Europe, and the 19-year-old was part of the Allied occupation force.

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Watch History: Hell in the Pacific (2001)

The story of the battles in the Pacific between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

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History Maker: Korean War Veteran Robert Borboro

Robert Borboro of Cross Creek RV Park north of Acadia served the better part of two years in Korea during the war. It’s been 60 years since he was a corporal in the 97th Engineering Battalion attached to the 1st Infantry Division based at Young Dong Po and his memory is not what it once was.

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Thank you for reading (and sharing).  Stay tuned for next week’s weekly review for U.S. Veterans.

Healing History: VA to compensate service members exposed to Agent Orange

VA begins awarding compensation for C-123 Agent Orange claims

Acting swiftly, VA granted first claim in just 16 days

In 1997, 10 years after retiring from a 34-year career in the Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve, Edward Kosakoski was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Though his last assignment in the Reserve was as commander of the 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts, it was during the mid-1970s and early 1980s that Lt. Col. K was exposed to Agent Orange while flying training missions on several C-123 aircraft previously used for spraying the chemical defoliant in Vietnam.

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