In 2007-2008, our teen volunteers and teen librarian interviewed military veterans from several different wars and eras, World War II among them. Our teens were especially moved by the stories the WWII veterans shared as they brought the WWII history lessons to life. For some of the veterans, it was the first time they’d shared their service experiences. After the interviews were recorded, the veterans shared lunch and spoke with one another about the commonalities and differences of their time in service. The resounding thought was that while service to one’s country is an honorable thing to do, war is devastating and life changing. As one veteran stated, “war is hell.”
Attached to the veterans’ podcasts are service photos as well as current photos. We plan to resume interviewing veterans of Middletown to expand our local history archives as the lessons and legacies are invaluable.
HAROLD BEACH (WWII- Navy) & CRIS GOETZ BEACH (Gulf & Iraq Wars)
Audio Recording- Interview with WWII Veteran Harold Beach
Harold Beach during WWII.
Cris Goetz Beach, who served in the Gulf and Iraq Wars.
Harold Beach and Cris Goetz, December 2016.
LOUIS BURES- WWII- Army
Audio Recording- Louis bures-WWII-Army
JOSEPH CANALE- WWII Bombardier-England
JOHN CORBETT- Air Force (1957-1962)
FELIX COSENZA- WWII- England
Audio Recording- Interview with Felix Consenza
Felix Consenza in his WWII uniform. Felix and Theresa Cosenza on their wedding day in 1947.
Felix and Theresa in 2017.
ANTHONY DELORENZO- WWII- South Pacific- Army
AL GIOVENGO- Korea- Army
JOE KURACK- Vietnam
Audio Recording- Joe Kurack (November 2007)
JOHN LAURICELLA- WWII- South Pacific- Army
Audio Recording- John Lauricella (November 2007)
RALPH F. RUOCCO- WWII- Vietnam
STEPHEN RUSSAK- Korea
TOM SCRIFFIGNANO- WWII-Battle of Bulge Dusseldorf Liberation
Tom Scriffignano, December 2016.