Friday, December 9, 2011

Memories of World War II: Veterans Share Their Stories

Our program on December 7 was a great success! We had a full house and a number of local veterans were in attendance. Thanks to all of our staff, volunteers, and supporters who made this event possible, and special thanks to the veterans who shared their recollections of their experiences on our panel. Audio and video recordings of the event will soon be available to the public in our library.

Below are some photographs of the program:

WWII veterans on our panel of speakers. Left to right: Ralph Boyd, John Edwards, Hans Keller, and Paul Dobbins.

Before the program begins, veteran Ralph Boyd (left foreground) shares some photographs with
Bill Frank, Director of the Schenectady County Veterans Service Agency.

John Edwards of Niskayuna talks about his experience as a prisoner of war captured by the Nazis.
Ralph Boyd of Niskayuna shares about how his wartime experiences and the destruction he witnessed shaped his commitment to social justice and community service after the war.

Hans Keller of Charlton discusses his work as a radar technician on the USS San Diego, a light antiaircraft cruiser which was the first victorious American warship to enter Tokyo Bay.

Paul Dobbins of Ballston Lake shares his memories as an infantryman fighting in Europe.

Audience members, including many local WWII veterans, applaud the speakers on the panel.

A display of artifacts that made up part of a single soldier's layout during World War II. A local WWII history enthusiast, Nicholas Mancuso, shared these artifacts from his personal collection.  

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