Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Veterans Oral History Interviews

Paying it Forward: Another Example of the Legacy of the Greatest Generation

WWII Veteran Joe C. Andrew
Joe C. Andrew

I wanted to share an incredibly heartwarming story about Joe C. Andrew, a World War II Veteran from the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment on how he met his wife, incurred a debt to get married, and how his daughter paid forward that debt on the 75th Anniversary of the 508 P.IR.

Such a story is but just another example of the integrity and legacy of the Greatest Generation. Without further adieu, I will let the daughter, Dee Dee Massey tell the story of her father in her own words:

Dee-Dee-Massey-Letter

Memorial Day Message

Below is a heartwarming message received this week from a donor to the Making History Project. This message is so perfectly timed and I need not say anything else:

I’m 82. I remember the war. This donation isn’t much, but it is from my heart. To the veterans—Thank you for a good life. Thank you for your bravery and sufferings. May God bless you and your family for all you’ve done for America but thank you the most that I have had the opportunity to live free. Thank you. I love you.

Joan Holloway

In Memoriam: Cliff Treese

Yesterday, I learned of the passing of a Veteran that I met while doing my oral history work. His name is Cliff Treese, a US Marine who served in Vietnam. He was badly injured during his service but he did not let that injury limit or define him. Cliff was active with helping fellow Veterans and I bought one of his wonderful wood commemorative plaques. To learn more about Cliff Tresse, see his story here:

http://www.vietvet.org/ctkhesnh.htm

https://www.mcall.com/news/all-cliffordtreese-story.html

While I did not know him well, you could tell that Cliff impacted many people, mostly his fellow Veterans. In this way, Cliff has never left us but only moves on. It is not the things you leave behind, but your example, encouragement, and influence. Well done Cliff.