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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

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About Author

Patrick Russell

Director and oral historian for the Making History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Veteran stories for future generations. Resides in Miami, Florida, where he has been a practicing lawyer since 1994. Proudly serves as a staff member for the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, in addition to being a member of the Oral History Association, American Historical Association; Friends and Family of the 508 P.I.R.; and the Battle of the Bulge Association. Graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in Political Science, and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Additional courses and workshops for oral history and museum studies have been taken at Baylor University and Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. Contact info: (305) 608-2977 or patrick@makehistoryproject.com.

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous Reply

    Thank you Patrick for Sharing our story.

    Dad taught me a lot in my lifetime. Integrity, love of country, work ethic, God and family.

    What he didn’t teach me was how to live the rest of my life without him physically in it.

    Thank you once again.

    Dee Dee Massey
    OKC, OK

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