Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
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World War II Archive

508 PIR Association Veterans Panel Video

508 PIR Association Veterans PanelBusy Times…

It has been a very busy few months.  This is why updates have been less regular than normal.  Besides being lead counsel for an ethics trial, I recently wrapped up an oral history project on behalf of the archives for a medical association.  While working on that, I attended the 10th Annual Reunion for the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment Association of the 82nd Airborne in Charleston, South Carolina.

508 PIR Association 10th Annual Reunion

While at the 508 PIR Association reunion, I was able to make a presentation to the membership concerning the benefits and goals of the Making History Project.  On the final day of the Reunion, I conducted two additional Veterans oral history interviews.

508 PIR Association Veterans Panel

After my initial presentation to the membership, I filmed a Veterans Panel that was assembled of paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne.  This unique Veterans Panel included Veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Afghanistan War.

It was fascinating to hear the contrasting experiences of these Veterans in terms of how things have changed but somehow also remain the same for paratroopers.  The Veterans Panel video has now been uploaded in its entirety and can be viewed on the Veteran Oral History Interviews page.

World War II Oral History Interviews

World War II Oral History Interviews - PFC Albert SiewersWWII Veteran Albert Siewers

This past July, I was able to meet and interview World War II Veteran, Albert Siewers, in Jupiter, Florida.  PFC Siewers was a medic who served in the Second Armored Division, 130 General Hospital.  PFC. Siewers participated in the campaigns of the Ardennes, Northern France, and the Rhineland. PFC. Siewers was originally scheduled to work in a laboratory position but later chose to act as a medic that oversaw soldiers and their treatment in the hospital that were suffering from combat trauma.  Albert Siewers would later use his war experience to pursue a medical degree and become a practicing psychiatrist.  Please stay tuned for a video excerpt that will be part of our World War II oral history interviews.

WWII Oral History Interview

WWII Oral History Interview of Veteran Robert ErskineWWII Veteran Robert Erskine

Last month I had the honor and privilege to interview World War II Veteran, Robert Erskine, in Jupiter, Florida.  Mr. Erskine was a medic who rose to the rank of Sergeant while serving in the 78th Infantry Division, 303 Medical Battalion.  Sgt. Erskine is a Battle of the Bulge Veteran, having participated in three major battle campaigns including the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe.  In total, Sgt. Erskine was deployed to England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany.  For his efforts, Sgt. Erskine received three bronze battle stars, two Bronze Star medals for valor at the Battle of the Bulge and the Remagen Bridge crossing.  France has also honored Robert Erskine with the French Legion of Honor for his service in defending and liberating French soil.  Stay tuned for a video excerpt from the WWII oral history interview.