Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Luncheon


VBOB Luncheon
U.S. Army Combat Veteran Brian Mast

Happy New Year!  With the Holidays as a not too distant pleasant memory, I am now back to catching up with news updates and oral history work for the Making History Project.

As an associate member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, I had the honor and privilege of attending their latest luncheon in West Palm Beach on December 13, 2015.  The luncheon was a dignified affair with a Color Guard to begin the festivities and U.S. Army combat veteran Brian Mast giving an inspired keynote speech to the many World War II Veterans present.  Good times were had by many and I had the distinct pleasure of making some new friends including Bill Singer, Irving Booksin, Larry Goldgeier, Joseph Beaton, Stan Saltz and Robert Erskine who all agreed to give oral history interviews in the near future.

2016 looks to be another busy year filled with World War II Veteran oral history interviews, academic and conference presentations, and trips to Veteran reunions and memorials.  If you would like to make a donation to the project or volunteer your time, or know of a Veteran who would like to given an oral history interview, please reach out to me.

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About 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 is a full-time mediator and 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

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