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Weekly Review for Veterans and Oral History for Friday, August 28, 2015

Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week for U.S. Veterans. Enjoy!


Frank Vegnone Oral History InterviewHistory Maker: MHP interviews WWII Veteran Frank Vegnone

I had the honor and pleasure this past weekend to conduct an oral history interview of Frank Vegnone, a World War II Veteran from the U.S. Army, 10th Armored Division, 61st Armored Infantry Battalion, Company A.  The interview took place in Webster, Massachusetts, the hometown for Frank Vegnone.

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Taking History for a Spin: WWII Veteran flies a Spitfire again

He’s 91-years-old and was last in a Spitfire when it came down behind enemy lines during the Second World War. Jimmy Taylor flew with 16 Squadron as a strategic reconnissance pilot but in 1944 he was captured by the Gestapo. 69-years later and he’s been at Goodwood aerodrome in West Sussex to fly a Spitfire once again.

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History Maker: WWII Veteran turns 103 and still holds down a job

A 103 year old World War Two US veteran, who served in the US Air Force, is still working a full time job in Winfield town, Kansas.

Loren Wade held his 103 birthday party this week with friends and family. Loren started working for Wal-Mart back in the 1980s and enjoys staying busy so has continued working. Loren did try to retire in the 1960s but he found that he was bored and decided to get back into the workplace.

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Stealing History: German Tank Commander Michael Wittman’s gravestone stolen

he gravestone of a Nazi tank commander has been stolen from a war cemetery in France. SS commander Michael Wittmann was buried in the La Cambe German war cemetery near Bayeux in northern France.

Local police are investigating the theft and believe that it could have been taken by a new-Nazi group.

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Reading History: The passing of Robert Conquest

British academic and historian, Robert Conquest, who uncovered the horrors in Eastern Europe and Soviet Union in the run up to and during World War Two has died aged 98.

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History Maker: WWII Veteran Robert Shelato interview excerpt

WWII Veteran Robert Shelato was interviewed in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy France on June 4, 2014.  Robert served in the 249th Engineer Combat Regiment as a Weapons Sergeant.  Robert saw action in France, Belgium (Battle of the Bulge), Luxembourg and Germany.

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Thank you for reading (and sharing). Stay tuned for next week’s weekly review for U.S. Veterans.

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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

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