Forever Heroes: A Collection of World War II Stories from Nebraska Veterans

Forever Heroes: A Collection of World War II Stories from Nebraska Veterans

by Joyce H. Winfield

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Forever Heroes: A Collection of World War II Stories from Nebraska Veterans by Joyce H. Winfield

All World War II veterans have stories to tell about their time in the service. This book captures 21 of those stories.



  • Bill, Navy sonarman, observed signals on a sonar machine to determine the presence of German submarines.
  • Red, Army training instructor, worked with King, singer Rudy Vallee's doberman donated through Dogs for Defense.
  • Alvin, Army Air Corps radio operator, prayed there was enough fuel left in the B-24 Liberator for a safe landing when returning from bombing missions.
  • Marv E., Army Air Force electrician, blasted holes through coral on New Guinea islands to erect electrical poles.
  • Ben, Army Air Corps operations specialist, spent 30 hours in 6-man life raft with 32 other men after his ship was torpedoed.
  • Warren, Army Air Corps radio operator, flew in a B-29 bomber over USS Missouri in the Toyko Harbor when Japan formally surrendered.
  • Katheryn, WAVE dental assistant, helped dentists with procedures to repair serious jaw and teeth injuries.
  • Wesley, Army truck driver, participated in assembling 102 Army trucks on a New Guinea beach before transporting bombs and airplane fuel.
  • Emery, Navy baker, kept supplying sailors food and coffee throughout the day-long fighting during Battle of Leyte Gulf.
  • Marie, Army Nurse Corps, treated severe burn injuries while serving on Guam and in Tokyo.
  • Bob K., Navy dispensing clerk, distributed monthly cash payroll amounts totaling thousands of dollars for 3,500 men.
  • Lyle, Navy aviation ordnance man, practiced with a wooden rifle during basic training because of a rifle shortage.
  • Dale, Army machine gunner, suffered a German buzz bomb injury and later fought during Battle of the Bulge.
  • Ray, Army Air Corps waist gunner on B-17 bomber, was shot down and held as a prisoner of war in Germany for almost a year.
  • Kenny, Army mechanic, served in Africa, Corsica and France, adjusting, replacing, repairing and overhauling Army vehicles.
  • Jim, Army infantry band, played oboe in the Army band during stateside War Bond drives and transported German prisoners when overseas.
  • Mel, Marines infantry rifleman, endured a year-long hospitalization after a Japanese hand grenade exploded at his feet during Battle of Okinawa.
  • Charles, Marines infantry rifleman, fought in Okinawa and was preparing to invade Japan when the atomic bombs were dropped and admitted that probably saved his life.
  • Laddie, Army battalion clerk, handled personnel records for about 800 soldiers in one battalion.
  • Marv W., Army Air Corps ordnance clerk, ordered jeeps and trucks delivered to U.S. ports of embarkation and their eventual overseas destinations.
  • Bob W., Merchant Marine Water Tender, transported supplies, equipment and troops but never had veteran status until 1989.


Now in their 90s, these veterans have shared their experiences — their fears, sacrifices, adventures, and triumphs — so that future generations can truly understand why they have been labeled "the greatest generation."




Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944132026
Publisher: Prairieland Press
Publication date: 12/11/2016
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 609,194
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Introduction
Bill Barnhart
Red Carstensen
Alvin Cooper
Marv Eden
Ben Fischer
Warren Hamming
Katheryn Howe
Wes Howe
Emery Johnson
Marie Johnson
Bob Kroenke
Lyle Martin
Dale Milligan
Ray Mitchell
Kenny Mussman
Jim Peterson
Mel Schwanke
Charles Sharp
Laddie Socha
Marv Welstead
Bob Wiegand
Acknowledgments

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