Veterans have stories to tell!
PHNN Zoom meeting
Veterans Day, November 11, 2020
Members of APH joined thousands of others
in volunteering to
interview and document these interviews to be archived
at the Library of Congress
Despite the loss of APH, efforts continue to
document these important stories.
You can help.
Matt Foley was in the Navy when WWII
was declared and stayed in the Navy
through the whole war. But he most
wanted to be a farmer.
Palermo, Italy after intense battle
Robert Arpin, U.S. Navy
Robert Arpin joined the Navy in March of 1945.
On his way across the Pacific he crossed the international dateline
and lost a day - his birthday - which became a family joke.
He hoped to be a cook but was assigned to gunnery duty and stationed in Okinawa
at the very end of WWII. To his surprise, as they landed in Okinawa
he and his fellow sailors were shot at by Japanese who were not aware the war had ended.
Catherine “Kay” Mabey DeTore
learned about the Cadet Nurse Corps
program while caring for her aunt
who was ill. This nurse’s training
program was instituted
during WWII by Franklin D. Roosevelt
as a program to provide additional
nurses since so many trained nurses
were being sent overseas because for
the war effort. Kay joined the Cadet
Nurse Corps in 1944 and graduated
Robert S. Weidman grew up in Franklin, MA, joined the Army
when he was 17 and was sent to Korea during the Korean War in 1953-54. He trained
as a medic and served at the 38th parallel, one mile behind the front lines.
Robert met United Nations troops from across the world during his time in Korea.
He was moved by the poverty of the people of Korea, as well as his
experiences meeting survivors of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima
(during a week of rest –R&R-in Japan).
Jim Fitzpatrick was drafted during the Vietnam era,
but flu separated him from his unit.
He ended up relatively safe, and bored
in Korea during his time of service.
He still mourns his friend who ended up in Vietnam
and did not make it back.
Glenn E. Moody thought his life was going in one direction until he was drafted and
ended up serving in the Army in Vietnam from 1969-1970.
He shares his thoughts about the war, his experiences, how it changed his family,
his life, and his perspective on life.
Linda Caleriso Bellingham, MA resident, joined the Army as a single mother with
two small children. She says that she wanted to do something to make her sons
proud of her. She talks about the challenges of boot camp and being so far away from
her children, her determination to stay fit once she’d gotten into shape, and her
experiences serving as an Emergency Prepared Liaison Officer during the
September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
Tim Harvey grew up in Blackstone and
his family is from Bellingham, his
parents have a business in
Bellingham. His father served in the
Army, but encouraged Tim to join the
Marines for the closeness and
camaraderie of this branch of the service.
Tim went to college,
graduated then joined the Marines as
an officer candidate. After training and
becoming an officer, Tim was
deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.
He served on two bases, Camp Eddi,
a Forward Operating Base, (FOB)
and Camp Leatherneck. He describes
life on a FOB, security concerns, staying in shape with Marine Martial
Arts training, and learning to manage in difficult