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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 21, 2015

Last_bulit_A-4_Skyhawk_in_flight_in_February_1979Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week for U.S. Veterans. Enjoy!

 

Own History: COME ON!! Want to Own a Warbird from WWII, Vietnam or the Gulf War? Take your pick…

Always dreamt of owning a warbird? What happens to military aircraft once then have come to the end of their service life? Many go into the melting pot, many go into museums and some become ‘gate guards’. But also, many are released onto the open market which means you too could own one. Check out the list below at what you could pick up – if you have the money!!

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Watch History: Combat Footage of 5th Marines Landing on Peleliu (Watch)

Watch the 5th Marines land on Peleliu Island in September 1944 during the Pacific Campaign. In this video are shots on beach of troops disembarking from landing craft, scenes inside landing craft on way to beach and from within LST-736 as landing craft exits. Scenes of ships in support of operations.  Soldiers on beachhead. Tank moves inland. No sound though!

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Finding History: Nazi gold found in Germany by intrepid treasure hunter and metal detector

A store of gold Nazi coins has been discovered in a northern German town.

The coins are thought to be worth around €45,000 and were found by a local man who does metal detecting and a little archaeology as a hobby.

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History Maker: WWII Veteran Robert Shelato, oral history interview excerpt uploaded to MHP

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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Legends of History: The Greatest German General No One Ever Heard Of – Over 1000 Enemy Tank Kills 

December 1942 was a time of crisis for the German army in Russia. The Sixth Army was encircled in Stalingrad. Gen. Erich von Manstein, the commander of Army Group Don, planned to break the siege with a dagger thrust to the Volga River from the southwest by the Fourth Panzer Army, supported by the XLVIII Panzer Corps to its immediate north attacking across the Don River. But before the two German units could link up, the Soviet Fifth Tank Army under the command of Gen. P. L. Romanenko crossed the Chir River, a tributary of the Don, and drove deep into German lines.

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Rewards of History: Three WWII Vets receive Medals 70-years later

Three World War II veterans have received their long overdue medals in a ceremony held at Red Rocks community college. This ceremony was particularly interesting for historians since it was a rare occurrence in military history that veterans receive medals seven decades after they were actually awarded. All three veterans fought gallantly during the war but were captured by the Nazis. After spending time in the infamous Nazi POW camps, these American soldiers were freed after the Victory was achieved in 1945.

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

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

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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.