Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
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WWII Veteran Frank Vegnone Oral History Interview

Veteran Oral History Interview

Frank VegnoneI 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.  Frank was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and served until 1946.  During his service, Mr. Vegnone was a rifleman and achieved the rank of Sergeant.  As the 10th Armored Division pushed through France and into Germany, Frank saw action in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.  Most notably, Frank was actively involved in the Battle of the Bulge from its inception as well as the bloody Hurtgen Forest. In serving his country, Frank was awarded two Purple Heart medals, the Bronze Star, and the French Legion of Honor medal.

I will be preparing the oral history interview for submission to the U.S. Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project as well as to the National World War II Museum.  The record submitted will include Frank’s service record and select photos of him while in the service as well as photos of his medals.  At the end of the project, an edited copy of the interview along with all submissions will be provided to Frank and his family as a keepsake.  Thank you Mr. Vegnone for your service!  Frank Vegnone Oral History Interview

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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.

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