Help Me Interview a WWII Vet Daily
I want them to know how grateful I am for they had to endure and I am trying to be an outlet for them to express their recollections and thoughts of their war days in a censor free environment. The interviews are filmed but there is absolutely no commercial aspect this as I give full rights to the veteran and I burn the DVDs for them.
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.
The purpose of this GoFundMe is to help raise money for my travels (I can sleep in the car and ration food but I still need to get there). When I am not interviewing I am researching and reaching out to more WWII heroes. I have a list of about 300 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.
Please reach out if anyone has any connections with Airlines/Rental Car Companies or Tom Hanks/ Steven Spielberg!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.