Help Me Interview a WWII Vet Daily

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Raised by 2,459 people in 11 months
Hello!   My name is Rishi Sharma, I am 19 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 a WWII combat veteran every single day in order to gain their knowledge and wisdom before it is too late. These men are my biggest heroes and my closest friends. I am just trying to get a better understanding of what they had to go through in order for me and so many others to be here today and to get a better appreciation for how good I have it.
        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!
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4 months ago
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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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Update 1
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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
5 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
5 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
4 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
5 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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Charles Maurice Pope
5 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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Nancy Lennartsson
5 months ago
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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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Jennifer CM
5 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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Sharon Moore
5 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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Lori Rutherford
5 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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Barbara Martin
5 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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Melisa Billman
5 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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Megan Kathryn
5 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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Dawnise Karen Duff
4 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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Dawn Merrick
4 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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Niru Sampat
4 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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Mary Lynn Fuller
4 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
4 months ago
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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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Don Belew
4 months ago
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You,, Rishi, are the "HOPE AND CHANGE ", we have been waiting for. God bless you many times over !! from "DONS MILITARY MEMORIAL DISPLAY ". WE NEVER FORGET .

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Margaret Stoneking
4 months ago
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Bill Harrison lives in Hemet CA , 95 still drives , he was lost in the ocean for six days. He wrote a book 6 days on a raft he is an amazing Navy Vet , and is an amazing man.

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Linda Esterley
4 months ago
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If you're traveling through NY state, contact me - I live in the center of the state, and you're welcome to use our home to stay in and set up an office.

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$133,751 of $105k goal

Raised by 2,459 people in 11 months
Created May 26, 2016
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Tom Darden
4 months ago
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I was astonished to learn about your level of motivation at such a young age (I saw the news story). Obviously most high school kids aren't as committed to anything, much less a project like this. You will go far in life because of this unusual, admirable trait. Best of luck, from someone who has had more than his share of it, and who appreciates the sacrifices of those vets and the contributions to society of guys like you.

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Paul Spangler
4 months ago
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This young man makes me very proud and hopeful for the future of our youth.

TF
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Tom Fisher
4 months ago
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Rishi, saw the piece on CBS News tonight. Both of our parents were WWII Vets and are gone now. So proud of what you're doing - it's vital to keep the memories of the Greatest Generation alive! Thank you!

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Anonymous
5 months ago
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Katherine Durant
7 months ago
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I am so impressed with your selflessness. Thank you for this gift you are giving to so many people.

JL
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John-Cheryl Litton
4 months ago
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Such an uplifting story on TV. So glad your goal has been knocked through the roof. So much for sleeping in your car. We want you to get a room, buy a small travel trailer ... something!

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Anonymous
4 months ago
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Jason Vitale
4 months ago
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Rishi- Hello from London, England. We saw you on CBS News and are inspired by your amazing story. I am an American who's grandfather served in WW2 and i wish he could have stayed alive long enough to participate in your wonderful project. Living in Europe now I have a greater appreciation why our WW2 hero mean so much not only to America but to the rest of the world. Your project comes at a time of great social divide in the US but also around the world. You have a special power as an Indian American immigrant to educate a number of people to the importance of immigration and race acceptance. I wish you great luck in your travels and I can't wait to hear how your project progresses. Jason Vitale

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gail kerwin
4 months ago
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Rishi, I saw this on the news tonight and was overwhelmed. I too am a WWII enthusiast and your mission is extremely important. I wish more of your generation were aware of what we are losing. My husband and I welcome you into our home should you need a place to stay when you get to Florida. We are in the Tampa area. Thank you Rishi for what you are doing. You must share this information you are gathering in a book.

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Hank DeBardeleben
4 months ago
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You should compile the footage into a documentary.

Leigh Ann Stumblingbear
5 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
5 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
4 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
5 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
Charles Maurice Pope
5 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.

+ Read More
Nancy Lennartsson
5 months ago
8
8

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
Jennifer CM
5 months ago
5
5

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
Sharon Moore
5 months ago
5
5

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
Lori Rutherford
5 months ago
5
5

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
Barbara Martin
5 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
Melisa Billman
5 months ago
3
3

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

+ Read More
Megan Kathryn
5 months ago
3
3

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
Dawnise Karen Duff
4 months ago
2
2

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
Dawn Merrick
4 months ago
2
2

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
Niru Sampat
4 months ago
2
2

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
Mary Lynn Fuller
4 months ago
2
2

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
4 months ago
2
2

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
Don Belew
4 months ago
1
1

You,, Rishi, are the "HOPE AND CHANGE ", we have been waiting for. God bless you many times over !! from "DONS MILITARY MEMORIAL DISPLAY ". WE NEVER FORGET .

+ Read More
Margaret Stoneking
4 months ago
1
1

Bill Harrison lives in Hemet CA , 95 still drives , he was lost in the ocean for six days. He wrote a book 6 days on a raft he is an amazing Navy Vet , and is an amazing man.

+ Read More
Linda Esterley
4 months ago
1
1

If you're traveling through NY state, contact me - I live in the center of the state, and you're welcome to use our home to stay in and set up an office.

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