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Annual Board Meeting

We held our annual board meeting this month. Prominent in our discussion was the project work for the past year related to the National Endowment for the Humanities grant on War and Trauma at Governor’s State University. Below, you will find one of the public outcomes of the grant, a televised town hall meeting between students and veterans on the …

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Just for Fun – It’s all about U

Being a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, I simply could not resist sharing this awesome photo of a Marines pilot throwing up the “U”. I would love to see other photos like this. Please contact me and share, if you know a service member on active duty from the University of Miami. Let’s go Canes!

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Combat Trauma Presentations

The New Year is often a time to reflect on the year that has passed. Last year was a watershed moment for the Making History Project in that I completed the work on my first NEH grant involving combat trauma. Combat Trauma Presentations The work culminated in November when I made several oral history presentations in Chicago concerning War and …

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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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