Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen

I interviewed twelve veterans today who served in World War II and Vietnam for a project that I’m helping out with and I’m amazed at how humble they are.  Not one of them thought that they were anything special or that they did anything heroic.  One of the WWII vets was in the 82nd Airborne and was dropped into hotspots in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany after D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He talked about it as if he worked at a gas station during that time — no ego, no bravado, just a regular American from a small town in Missouri serving his country and doing his job.  Amazing people.

Another career soldier was attached to President Kennedy during the summit with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in the Bahamas told me two stories that we couldn’t film and that I’m not allowed to share, but they are pretty damn awesome.  And I saw proof!

Incredible experience.  If you are related to or know a veteran, try to get their stories (a lot of them understandably have a tough time sharing).  It will enrich your life.

  1. tulowowsky said: Ball State University has done a project like this for the past couple years, I’m pretty sure they’re archived in our library and can be accessed through our website if you’re interested
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  3. kaiyves said: Sounds great! My grandmother passed away recently and I regret not asking her about immigrating to the US from Greece just before WWII.
  4. jheath said: Oh you tease. Now I really wanna hear that Kennedy story.
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