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Batterie Des Longues Sur Mer Photos

WWII German Coastal Defense and Artillery

Batterie Des Longues Sur Mer

Batterie Des Longues Sur Mer

The Making History Project has uploaded photos from its 2014 Normandy France trip for the Batterie Des Longues Sur Mer.  These photos were taken during the 70th Anniversary for D-Day.

The Batterie Des Longues Sur Mer is a German coastal defense sector comprised of bunkers and artillery installations.  These fortifications were part of the Atlantic Wall on the Normandy coast just east of Omaha Beach. Included are photos of various defensive bunkers that housed artillery as well as naval observation bunkers.  Several photos depict the steep and seemingly impenetrable cliffs that adjoin the Normandy coast.

 

Weekly Review for Veterans and Oral History for Friday, August 28, 2015

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

 

Frank Vegnone Oral History InterviewHistory Maker: MHP interviews WWII Veteran Frank Vegnone

I 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.

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Taking History for a Spin: WWII Veteran flies a Spitfire again

He’s 91-years-old and was last in a Spitfire when it came down behind enemy lines during the Second World War. Jimmy Taylor flew with 16 Squadron as a strategic reconnissance pilot but in 1944 he was captured by the Gestapo. 69-years later and he’s been at Goodwood aerodrome in West Sussex to fly a Spitfire once again.

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History Maker: WWII Veteran turns 103 and still holds down a job

A 103 year old World War Two US veteran, who served in the US Air Force, is still working a full time job in Winfield town, Kansas.

Loren Wade held his 103 birthday party this week with friends and family. Loren started working for Wal-Mart back in the 1980s and enjoys staying busy so has continued working. Loren did try to retire in the 1960s but he found that he was bored and decided to get back into the workplace.

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Stealing History: German Tank Commander Michael Wittman’s gravestone stolen

he gravestone of a Nazi tank commander has been stolen from a war cemetery in France. SS commander Michael Wittmann was buried in the La Cambe German war cemetery near Bayeux in northern France.

Local police are investigating the theft and believe that it could have been taken by a new-Nazi group.

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Reading History: The passing of Robert Conquest

British academic and historian, Robert Conquest, who uncovered the horrors in Eastern Europe and Soviet Union in the run up to and during World War Two has died aged 98.

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History Maker: WWII Veteran Robert Shelato interview excerpt

WWII Veteran Robert Shelato was interviewed in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy France on June 4, 2014.  Robert served in the 249th Engineer Combat Regiment as a Weapons Sergeant.  Robert saw action in France, Belgium (Battle of the Bulge), Luxembourg and Germany.

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

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