Help Me Interview WWII Vets Daily

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Hello!   My name is Rishi Sharma, I am 20 years old and I run a non profit called Heroes of the Second World War (heroesofthesecondworldwar.org ). I am on a mission to in depth film interview 2-3 WWII combat veterans every single day in order to gain their knowledge and wisdom before it is too late.  I plan on doing the interviews until the last WWII veteran passes away. To date I have interviewed over 850 WWII veterans and with your help I will do many more...
          Please let me know if you know any WWII combat veterans or if you would like to join the organization  in order to make a national movement to honor and learn from these heroes before they die.
       Please contact me at 202-813-0992 or heroesofthesecondworldwar@gmail.com

        These men are my biggest heroes and my closest friends. I want the veterans to know how grateful we all are for the immense sacrifices that they had to make. I am committed to getting a better understanding of the hell that they had to go through in order for me and so many others to have a chance at life today.
          My goal is to be an outlet for the veterans in order for them to express their recollections and thoughts of their war days in a censor free environment. I am the same age these men were when they were in combat. I do copious amounts of research before each interview, and I am not related to these men in any way so there is no emotional attachment allowing these heroes to talk to me candidly about the war.
        The interviews are filmed, and I make DVD copies of the interview for the veterans and their families!
         The purpose of this GoFundMe is to help raise money for my travels to meet and interview the WWII veterans in the quickest manner possible.  (I can sleep in the car and ration food but I still need to get to the veterans). When I am not interviewing, I am researching veterans and constantly reaching out to more of the WWII heroes. I have a list of about 300 veterans who I plan on meeting and this map is showcasing a few of them and where they live.  Please help me look them in their eyes before they die. It is the worst feeling to reach out to someone only for them to die before you can meet and learn from them. I am also trying to convince the History Channel to make a TV series about these WWII Heroes so if you have any conections please let me know! YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRikw4uCjS8ck3O9Mj-N35Q/videos?shelf_id=1&view=0&sort=dd
Please reach out if anyone has any connections with Airlines/Rental Car Companies or Tom Hanks/ Steven Spielberg!
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This is the Pearl Harbor hero Jim Downing who is 103. I recently had the honor of interviewing him!
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Hello! Thank you all so much for your support! It means so much to mean that you all care enough about these WWII heroes in order to help me document them, This is just the beginning. Together we all will make a national movement in which these WWII heroes are properly recognized and thanked. Thank you and please go make friends with a WWII hero before it is too late, Cherish every second with them.
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Leigh Ann Stumblingbear
23 months ago

You need to go to the Navajo Nation and visit the Code Talkers. Without these men the war would have been lost.

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Peter Youngwoo
23 months ago

Have you considered interviewing the veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team/100th Infantry Battalion? As an Asian-American I would love to hear the stories of the Japanese-American heroes who fought for their country in a time when their families were being held in internment camps and called aliens. Most of these veterans can probably be found in Hawaii today. I know someone whose relatives served with the unit, it would be a great honor if you could tell their stories.

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Lori Hobbs Blowers
22 months ago

You are an AMAZING selfless young man to be willing to dedicate your life for a season to this cause. It brings tears to my eyes that some of these vets have no one and yet you are now their someone in their last days. That is an incredible blessing and what an honor to hear about you and the difference you are making in their lives and future generations!! God Bless you for what you are doing!! This is so refreshing and uplifting to know we still have hope in our younger generation. This has truly made my day!!

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Michelle M White
23 months ago

Rishi - My father is also one of our Great Americans, a WWII Navy veteran, now age 91 and as sharp as ever. I would love for you to visit us here in Novi, Michigan! Please do contact me via fb.

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Nancy Lennartsson
23 months ago

Rishi. My father served in WWII European Front. He will be 91 in January, 2017. He lives in Albertville Alabama and loves to share his experiences with young people who will sit and listen. He has a collections of medals, including a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. If you travel that direction let me know and I'll give you contact information. BTW - I think what you are doing to honor these people is so very admirable. Daddy enjoys talking to young people who want to learn what war in Europe was like in the 1940's.

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Charles Maurice Pope
23 months ago

This is Charles Pope in St. Albans, West Virginia. Just saw your story. You are to be commended. My father, 1st Lt. Hughlan W. Pope, was part o f Signal Security Detachment "D," which was part of the 12th Army Group under General Bradley. They were an intelligence gathering outfit. But their work was classified, and none of the 130+ men who served in SSD"D" were allowed to speak of their experience or use any of their experience on a resume. Everything was declassified in 1983. But by then many of the men had died. I am writing an account about my Dad and SSD"D." On Facebook go to Signal Security Detachment "D" for background. Thanks for your work.

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Sharon Moore
23 months ago
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I have a 91 years old 2nd cousin who was blown to bits and left on the battle field for 3 days before being found. He didn't die because it was so cold he froze. He did lose one leg and half of another but he is still here today in Steubenville Oh.

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Jennifer CM
23 months ago
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Hi Rishi. My grandfather was in WWII and worked with German codes. He is very secretive over most of it but he will talk about the war in general. He was in the CIA after the war. My Pop is famous for his love story, though. He met my grandmother at a dance for local girls and GI's. They were married in London in 1945. They just celebrated their 71 wedding anniversary. They wrote a book about their love story (and were on the news show 20/20 back in the early 90's) and the hundreds of other beautiful war brides. It's amazing how much love can come from war. Message me if you can.

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Lori Rutherford
23 months ago
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Thank you so much for What you are doing! I am a nurse practitioner at the Salem VA medical center in Salem Virginia. I love my veterans and the World War II vets have so many stories to tell. I can't believe that no one has done this before. I wish you could come to Virginia and see some of our vets here they are awesome I have many stories also. Of course Bedford which is about an hour away is The home of the Bedford boys. I'm sure you have heard of that and a DJ memorial is also close to where I live. I would be glad to host you if you ever came here. You are my new hero

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Dawn Merrick
22 months ago
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Congrats Rishi! More power to you...this is wonderful! My dad is a WWII vet but not combat. Have you checked out the "Honor Flight" Program? It flies these Vets to Washington DC to visit the monuments in their honor. Many of them would not have been able to make the trip if not for this program. You should take a flight with them...you could interview a whole plane full of Vets. Keep up the good work and bless you for it! Reach me through FB if you want more details.

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Megan Kathryn
23 months ago
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I know a WWII Veteran in Minnesota that should be included in your campaign. Please contact me via facebook (https://www.facebook.com/megan.kathryn.908) and I will share with you his contact information. Thank you for following through with this amazing project! Keep up the great work!

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Michael Callahan
7 months ago
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Hey Rishi, my name's Mike Callahan. As Host of RVAnimals, I produce travel documentaries for Public Access TV. As a Full Time RVer, I'm currently producing "Journey Across America", with a special focus on Animal Welfare. You can check it out at RVAnimals.com (site under development). What you're doing is AWESOME, and I've considered doing the same in the past, and regret not doing so with my dad, a WWII vet. If you were interested in traveling in comfort, all expense paid, I would be honored to be involved in such a noble venture and hit the road taking you to wherever in the country you need to go. Let me know if I can be of service. Sincerely, Mike Callahan Mike@RVAnimals

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Mary Lynn Fuller
22 months ago
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You are such an inspiration Rishi, and I applaud you for this service to our Vets. My brother was a Marine vet of Vietnam, and I am so sorry we lost him in 2014 w/o getting his story. Thank you for giving of your time and knowledge in recording this very important part of their lives.

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Doug Oakes
22 months ago
4
4

My father was a radio operator on a B-17. He flew 34 missions before being shot down over Czechoslovakia. He spent 8 months as a prisoner of war in Germany. He goes to high schools speaking to students about the war and his experiences. He has recently been interviewed by the WWll museum in New Orleans. He would love for you to interview him.

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Melisa Billman
23 months ago
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I would like to speak with you about the WWII. vet I know. Roger Guernsey. Thank you God bless

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Barbara Martin
23 months ago
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The WWll museum in New Orleans is excellent, and is also interviewing veterans. Please, all of you who know someone who is a vet, take a video of them recalling some of their memories and contact huge museum. My dad served with the 42ed Squadron in the Army Air Corps and flew the hump to bomb enemy troops in a China. Wish he were still alive to share his stories!

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Dawnise Karen Duff
22 months ago
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Wow !!! I am so proud of you Rishi !!! Sunday morning really will get you the funds you need !!! What a beautiful human you are !!! I want to know you !! I will help you in whatever why I can !! Love, Dawnise Karen Duff

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Niru Sampat
22 months ago
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Young man: I wish u the best for the work ur doing and enjoying. U must b aware of CBI , China Burma India , Ww two, American GIs, vets etc? . I like to talk or em u. If u can give me your contact info. Thnks. Once again best wishes.

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Deborah Austin
7 months ago
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I know of one more extraordinary story of a 98 year old WW II veteran. He was in the air force; shot down on his first mission; caught by local Germans, turned in, and put in concentration camp where he stayed for over a year. He is in very good health and has a clear and reflective mind. He was recently honored by FL Gov Scott. At a service for Memorial Day held at the large senior citizen community where he lives, it was his story, particularly his POW story, that was the highlight of the service. Last year he was selected for the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. -- When he came back, he couldn't talk about the experience because he was too choked up with emotion. But, when he was ready, his description of the trip was wonderful to hear. He talked of it as the best trip of his life. He is one of the treasure troves that I think you would want to add to you list of people of the Greatest Generation that served in World War II. He is well-spoken, with a good many memories to share. His name is Richard Kappel. He lives in Leesburg, FL. I think he would be amenable to an interview by you, if you can possibly carve out time for his story. He is a very private person in many ways, and in order to arrange a visit with him, it would be best to have me present the idea to him rather than call him directly. My name is Deborah Austin. I am the daughter of the 93 year old woman whom he has called his partner for about 12 years. He lives just a few houses down the street from her. He is devoted to her and is a very big help with caring for her with respect to her Alzheimer's disease. He is a soft-spoken, understated, remarkable man. My phone number is 760-822-5880.

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Clay
7 months ago
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Hello Sir, not knowing of your efforts to acknowledge the great sacrifice soldiers of WWII, I have come to realize that time is slipping away from our generation

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Cynthia Schmid
19 days ago

You are a TRUE American and inspiration to all who long to come here. God bless you and all of the WW2 Veterans you are visiting.

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Carol Stemmerman
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I think this is an amazing and heart warming story and very special person behind it all.

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Brett Poteet
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Keep it up!! The world needs more of you!

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Morgan Riley
1 month ago

You’re an amazing young man. Thank you for dedicating your life to tell their stories

Leigh Ann Stumblingbear
23 months ago

You need to go to the Navajo Nation and visit the Code Talkers. Without these men the war would have been lost.

+ Read More
Peter Youngwoo
23 months ago

Have you considered interviewing the veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team/100th Infantry Battalion? As an Asian-American I would love to hear the stories of the Japanese-American heroes who fought for their country in a time when their families were being held in internment camps and called aliens. Most of these veterans can probably be found in Hawaii today. I know someone whose relatives served with the unit, it would be a great honor if you could tell their stories.

+ Read More
Lori Hobbs Blowers
22 months ago

You are an AMAZING selfless young man to be willing to dedicate your life for a season to this cause. It brings tears to my eyes that some of these vets have no one and yet you are now their someone in their last days. That is an incredible blessing and what an honor to hear about you and the difference you are making in their lives and future generations!! God Bless you for what you are doing!! This is so refreshing and uplifting to know we still have hope in our younger generation. This has truly made my day!!

+ Read More
Michelle M White
23 months ago

Rishi - My father is also one of our Great Americans, a WWII Navy veteran, now age 91 and as sharp as ever. I would love for you to visit us here in Novi, Michigan! Please do contact me via fb.

+ Read More
Nancy Lennartsson
23 months ago

Rishi. My father served in WWII European Front. He will be 91 in January, 2017. He lives in Albertville Alabama and loves to share his experiences with young people who will sit and listen. He has a collections of medals, including a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. If you travel that direction let me know and I'll give you contact information. BTW - I think what you are doing to honor these people is so very admirable. Daddy enjoys talking to young people who want to learn what war in Europe was like in the 1940's.

+ Read More
Charles Maurice Pope
23 months ago

This is Charles Pope in St. Albans, West Virginia. Just saw your story. You are to be commended. My father, 1st Lt. Hughlan W. Pope, was part o f Signal Security Detachment "D," which was part of the 12th Army Group under General Bradley. They were an intelligence gathering outfit. But their work was classified, and none of the 130+ men who served in SSD"D" were allowed to speak of their experience or use any of their experience on a resume. Everything was declassified in 1983. But by then many of the men had died. I am writing an account about my Dad and SSD"D." On Facebook go to Signal Security Detachment "D" for background. Thanks for your work.

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Sharon Moore
23 months ago
7
7

I have a 91 years old 2nd cousin who was blown to bits and left on the battle field for 3 days before being found. He didn't die because it was so cold he froze. He did lose one leg and half of another but he is still here today in Steubenville Oh.

+ Read More
Jennifer CM
23 months ago
6
6

Hi Rishi. My grandfather was in WWII and worked with German codes. He is very secretive over most of it but he will talk about the war in general. He was in the CIA after the war. My Pop is famous for his love story, though. He met my grandmother at a dance for local girls and GI's. They were married in London in 1945. They just celebrated their 71 wedding anniversary. They wrote a book about their love story (and were on the news show 20/20 back in the early 90's) and the hundreds of other beautiful war brides. It's amazing how much love can come from war. Message me if you can.

+ Read More
Lori Rutherford
23 months ago
6
6

Thank you so much for What you are doing! I am a nurse practitioner at the Salem VA medical center in Salem Virginia. I love my veterans and the World War II vets have so many stories to tell. I can't believe that no one has done this before. I wish you could come to Virginia and see some of our vets here they are awesome I have many stories also. Of course Bedford which is about an hour away is The home of the Bedford boys. I'm sure you have heard of that and a DJ memorial is also close to where I live. I would be glad to host you if you ever came here. You are my new hero

+ Read More
Dawn Merrick
22 months ago
5
5

Congrats Rishi! More power to you...this is wonderful! My dad is a WWII vet but not combat. Have you checked out the "Honor Flight" Program? It flies these Vets to Washington DC to visit the monuments in their honor. Many of them would not have been able to make the trip if not for this program. You should take a flight with them...you could interview a whole plane full of Vets. Keep up the good work and bless you for it! Reach me through FB if you want more details.

+ Read More
Megan Kathryn
23 months ago
5
5

I know a WWII Veteran in Minnesota that should be included in your campaign. Please contact me via facebook (https://www.facebook.com/megan.kathryn.908) and I will share with you his contact information. Thank you for following through with this amazing project! Keep up the great work!

+ Read More
Michael Callahan
7 months ago
4
4

Hey Rishi, my name's Mike Callahan. As Host of RVAnimals, I produce travel documentaries for Public Access TV. As a Full Time RVer, I'm currently producing "Journey Across America", with a special focus on Animal Welfare. You can check it out at RVAnimals.com (site under development). What you're doing is AWESOME, and I've considered doing the same in the past, and regret not doing so with my dad, a WWII vet. If you were interested in traveling in comfort, all expense paid, I would be honored to be involved in such a noble venture and hit the road taking you to wherever in the country you need to go. Let me know if I can be of service. Sincerely, Mike Callahan Mike@RVAnimals

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Mary Lynn Fuller
22 months ago
4
4

You are such an inspiration Rishi, and I applaud you for this service to our Vets. My brother was a Marine vet of Vietnam, and I am so sorry we lost him in 2014 w/o getting his story. Thank you for giving of your time and knowledge in recording this very important part of their lives.

+ Read More
Doug Oakes
22 months ago
4
4

My father was a radio operator on a B-17. He flew 34 missions before being shot down over Czechoslovakia. He spent 8 months as a prisoner of war in Germany. He goes to high schools speaking to students about the war and his experiences. He has recently been interviewed by the WWll museum in New Orleans. He would love for you to interview him.

+ Read More
Melisa Billman
23 months ago
4
4

I would like to speak with you about the WWII. vet I know. Roger Guernsey. Thank you God bless

+ Read More
Barbara Martin
23 months ago
4
4

The WWll museum in New Orleans is excellent, and is also interviewing veterans. Please, all of you who know someone who is a vet, take a video of them recalling some of their memories and contact huge museum. My dad served with the 42ed Squadron in the Army Air Corps and flew the hump to bomb enemy troops in a China. Wish he were still alive to share his stories!

+ Read More
Dawnise Karen Duff
22 months ago
3
3

Wow !!! I am so proud of you Rishi !!! Sunday morning really will get you the funds you need !!! What a beautiful human you are !!! I want to know you !! I will help you in whatever why I can !! Love, Dawnise Karen Duff

+ Read More
Niru Sampat
22 months ago
3
3

Young man: I wish u the best for the work ur doing and enjoying. U must b aware of CBI , China Burma India , Ww two, American GIs, vets etc? . I like to talk or em u. If u can give me your contact info. Thnks. Once again best wishes.

+ Read More
Deborah Austin
7 months ago
2
2

I know of one more extraordinary story of a 98 year old WW II veteran. He was in the air force; shot down on his first mission; caught by local Germans, turned in, and put in concentration camp where he stayed for over a year. He is in very good health and has a clear and reflective mind. He was recently honored by FL Gov Scott. At a service for Memorial Day held at the large senior citizen community where he lives, it was his story, particularly his POW story, that was the highlight of the service. Last year he was selected for the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. -- When he came back, he couldn't talk about the experience because he was too choked up with emotion. But, when he was ready, his description of the trip was wonderful to hear. He talked of it as the best trip of his life. He is one of the treasure troves that I think you would want to add to you list of people of the Greatest Generation that served in World War II. He is well-spoken, with a good many memories to share. His name is Richard Kappel. He lives in Leesburg, FL. I think he would be amenable to an interview by you, if you can possibly carve out time for his story. He is a very private person in many ways, and in order to arrange a visit with him, it would be best to have me present the idea to him rather than call him directly. My name is Deborah Austin. I am the daughter of the 93 year old woman whom he has called his partner for about 12 years. He lives just a few houses down the street from her. He is devoted to her and is a very big help with caring for her with respect to her Alzheimer's disease. He is a soft-spoken, understated, remarkable man. My phone number is 760-822-5880.

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Clay
7 months ago
2
2

Hello Sir, not knowing of your efforts to acknowledge the great sacrifice soldiers of WWII, I have come to realize that time is slipping away from our generation

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