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75th Anniversary Airborne Jump Flag

On October 20, 2017, the 508 P.I.R. of the 82nd Airborne performed a commemorative jump for the Family & Friends of the 508 P.I.R on the 75th Anniversary of the Airborne. Present and observing were paratroopers from the conflicts of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Panama. I was also present and fortunate enough to win a silent auction for the signed …

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War and Trauma Discussion

War and Trauma: Dialogues on the Experience of War On November 6, 2017, I am honored to help lead a class discussion on war and trauma at Governor’s State University in Chicago. This coursework is the result of winning a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant topic is for the Dialogues on the Experience of War. …

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Good Times at Fort Bragg

I have just returned from the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment reunion at Fort Bragg. What a fantastic trip! We had such a great turnout with Veterans from all the conflicts including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, and Panama. Since this is the home of the 82nd Airborne, the participation from active duty soldiers was off the charts as well. …

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Veteran Oral History Interview: Vietnam War Veteran Norman Gaddis

US Army Air Force/USAF Pilot and POW Veteran oral history interview for Vietnam War Veteran Norman Gaddis is now available. Patrick Russell conducted this interview on June 5, 2014, at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France during the celebrations for the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. This was a challenging interview to handle in that it was conducted in the public …

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2017 Reunion for 508 P.I.R.

Veteran Reunions The Making History Project will be attending another Veteran reunion, the 2017 Reunion of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment. The Making History Project is attending the reunion to support members of the “Greatest Generation” and provide encouragement to active duty paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne. This will be another occasion to visit with old friends, make new friends, and …

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Project Update

New Website Content As a project update, MHP remains busy adding new features to our website. Some of our most recent updates include a new “About” page where you can learn how the Making History Project got started and what we do. Also recently added was the “Corporate/Non-Profit Documents” page where visitors can review our corporate formation papers, Board meeting …

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Learn about War, Trauma, and Humanities

NEH Grant Supports new course “War, Trauma, and the Humanities” As an update for my upcoming work on a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (Dialogues on the Experience of War), I wanted to share with you all the very cool poster promoting the new college course for this fall. The course will be given at Governors State University, located in Chicago, …

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Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Harald Mayrock

Veteran oral history interview for WWII Veteran Harald Mayrock is now available. Patrick Russell completed this interview on February 10, 2015, in Lima, Peru. WWII Veteran Harald Mayrock is a German Paratrooper from the 7th Paratrooper Division, 1st Company. Harald was born in Lima, Peru. As fate would have it, Harald’s father, who was German, took Harald to Germany to …

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