Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Celebrate Our Veterans

I am posting this announcement a day early.  I you are traveling or in the Reading vicinity, there is very comprehensive Veterans' Day Program on Saturday, November 13th..  Here is a comprehensive list of speakers from World War I to the present:

Margery Mattox Wheeler (author, artist, & daughter of WWI veteran Clarence Wheeler)
Lyle Koenig (WWII, Pearl Harbor survivor)
Gene Strine (WWII, anti-submarine air squadron)
Ed Taggert (WWII, Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, Leyte, Philippines)
Gust Kraras (WWII, OSS, Greece)
Richard Biehl (WWII, Sicily, D-Day, Europe)
Paul Gordon (WWII, B-17 ball gunner, POW)
Stan Blazejewski (WWII, Battle of the Bulge)
Severin Fayerman (Holocaust survivor, Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buchenwald)
Felix Uhrenik (WWII, Battle of the Bulge, Remagen Bridge)
Ken Stoudt (WWII, Navy, Pacific)
Stewart “Rusty” Lerch (American WWII Orphans Network)
Joseph Boccagno (Korea, Vietnam, Army)
Bob Orzechowski (Vietnam, Marine Corps)
Douglas William Graybill, Jr. (Vietnam, tunnel rat, Grenada, Beirut)
Liz Graybill (Bosnia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Germany)
Joseph Baddick (82nd Airborne, author)
You could also check out this event on Facebook

Margery Wheeler Mattox has just released her book called Lifetime of Illusions. Mattox's late brother, Richard Wheeler wrote 17 books on the Revolutionary and the Civil War.  Wheeler's most read works are Iwo and the Bloody Battle for Suribachi.  Wheeler served at Iwo under the command of Lt. Keith Wells and was injured two days before his platoon raised the first flag on Iwo.

Wheeler was called a modern day Thoreau by fellow Pine Grove author Conrad Richter.

If you are in the Selinsgrove area, HBO documentary War Torn will be shown at the Selinsgrove VFW.

For all the Marines including my father, Happy 235th!!!!!!

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