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

Veterans Oral History Interviews

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.

2018 Reunion for 508 P.I.R.

The details for the upcoming 2018 Reunion for the Family and Friends of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment were recently released.

The annual reunion that honors the legacy of the Veterans for the 82nd Airborne is in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The dates for the reunion are October 31, 2018, to November 4, 2018.

This year’s reunion marks the 50th Anniversary for the Golden Brigade in Vietnam, the 35th Anniversary for Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, and the 15th Anniversary for OIF Operation Northern Delay in Iraq.

The reunion will honor all former paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne as well as active duty service members. Typically, Veterans from World War II, Korea, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Grenada, Iraq, and Afghanistan attend the reunion. Naturally, the Making History Project is planning on attending this fantastic event.

To sign up to attend or to learn more, visit the 508 P.I.R Reunion Site.

 

Happy Birthday Rock Merritt!

Rock MerrittAugust 10, 2018, is the 95th birthday for Kenneth “Rock” Merritt.

Rock Merritt is a true hero having jumped into Normandy, France on D-Day as a member of the 82nd Airborne.

One of my first oral history interviews was with Rock at a picnic table in La Fiere during the 70th Anniversary for the D-Day landings.

To this day, Rock is an authoritative voice on the history of the 82nd Airborne, 508 P.I.R., and all things related to the Normandy campaign. Rock Merritt rose to be a Command Sergeant Major in the Army and served his country in Vietnam as well.

For all of his accomplishments, Rock was enshrined as one of the original members for the All American Hall of Fame for the 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Gracious with his time and an inspiration to current paratroopers, I consider Rock to be a Great American and a true friend.

Happy Birthday…Command Sergeant Major!