Category Archives: Veterans

One button from destruction

I did an interview for the local newspaper a few years ago for the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In October 1962, the world stood on the edge of destruction – closer to nuclear war than it has … Continue reading

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Harry Thompson: Battle of Bulge was like going through Hell

A friend on mine, Harry Thompson, passed away today (August 3, 2011) at the age of 97. Harry went through hell for his country and his sacrifice is worth remembering. In 2008, Harry came into my office to talk politics … Continue reading

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Moore remembers time as a fighter pilot

The elementary school in Nowata, Oklahoma is named after former school superintendent and community leader Glenn C. Moore. But before Moore made his respected reputation in education, he earned another reputation over the skies of Europe in World War II: … Continue reading

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James Cagle’s life was saved by a can of beans in World War II

A good man passed away recently. A peaceful man who served his country fighting through hellish conditions more than a half century earlier. Shortly before he passed away, James Cagle shared his story with me. James Cagle’s life was saved … Continue reading

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Caldwell remembers Audie Murphy, D-Day

I’ve taped dozens of interviews with World War II veterans over the years and have always felt these memories need to be available for the public. Periodically I transcribe the tapes and post these on this blog. On June 6, … Continue reading

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Minister recalls sharks, bombs, kamikazes during WWII

I have interviewed numerous veterans over the years and taped those conversations; over the next few months I’ll be posting some excerpts from those tapes. The first one is a story of faith and survival. JD Linsteadt has survived Kamikaze … Continue reading

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