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Friday, 28 June 2013 08:50
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Departments of Aging and Veterans Services has released the sixth installment of the War Era Story Project (www.aging.ohio.gov/news/storyprojects/). The latest collection of 20 stories chronicles how towns, families and children all worked together to support their brothers, sons, fathers and husbands fighting overseas. Stories include:
• Vivienne Bickley, 86, Amherst - Bickley shares an interaction she had with a neighborhood woman who was speaking out about the war and anyone who supported it.
• Marie Ciano, 89, Fairborn - Ciano was attending a friend's wedding reception with her future husband when they heard about Pearl Harbor.
• Ohmer Crowe, 81, Camden - Crowe was 11 years old when a plane with new technology crashed on a farm in Preble County. He helped the pilot, who asked the family to guard the plane.
• Loretta Carlier Dean, 81, Hillsboro - She gives a child's-eye view of how life in the village of Fayetteville, Ohio changed following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
• Ida Fackler, 95, Dayton - Fackler recalls how she and her neighbors coped with rationing and how she and her friends passed time with few men their age around.
• Eileen Schuckman Funk, Westerville - She recounts a hot summer evening as a girl of five in Cincinnati and how an unexpected early-morning visitor gave her a lifelong memory.
• Clara Sesler Genther, 95, Cincinnati - Genther was a microbiologist conducting tests for the Army and recalls how rationing affected city life before and after the war ended.
• Jack Gibson, 83, Dayton - Gibson was a boy of 16 in the summer of 1945. He got a job driving a truck cross-country for the government and recalls several memorable stops.
• Jacqueline Helmers, Cincinnati - She supported her family in their local civilian defense unit. Her father was the commander of the volunteer group and her mother was trained in first aid.
• Nancy Kerr, West Chester - Kerr shares excerpts of letters that her father sent to a friend back home. The tone of his letters became darker and more serious as the fighting continued.
• Abe Lincoln, 78, Brookville - Lincoln describes how talking to the older boys as they returned from war inspired his own service during the Korean War.
• James L. Matson, Sr., 71, Wapakoneta - Matson grew up near the railroads in Lima, and recalls that there were three things you didn't waste during those years: time, energy and food.
• William Moore, 79, Lima - Moore was eight years old when the war began and fondly remembers how living near the B&O railroad shaped his attitudes and inspired his lifelong military service.
• Marilyn M. Mulligan, 80, Rocky River - Mulligan remembers how children and families expressed their patriotism and did anything they could to support the war effort.
• Harry Noble, 75, Xenia - Noble recalls how a gift from a stranger staying with his family gave him the first realization that something out of the ordinary was happening in the world.
• Colleen Lee Plevelich, 86, Trotwood - She worked for the War Department as a typist and was in Washington, D.C. when President Roosevelt died. She experienced segregation through a friend.
• Mary Lou Shepherd, Milford - Shepherd shares a newspaper article that heralded the safe return of her father, Sgt. Wm. D. Warren, a.k.a., "Baker Bill," from fighting oversees.
• Madeleine Kenz Tagg, 76, Chillicothe - Tagg recalls how her father supported the war effort at home by working full-time and also volunteering as a neighborhood watchman and fire fighter.
• John J. Voisard, 75, Dayton - Voisard describes how everyone in his town worked to support the war effort in their own unique ways. His father was an air raid warden.
• Ann Evans Wolf, Englewood - Her father served as a general's aide overseas. Mail correspondence by her parents about her newborn brother's name led to suspicion of espionage.
• These stories join 114 others that were posted previously at www.aging.ohio.gov/news/storyprojects/. The agencies received nearly 300 submissions and will continue to release them in installments until all have been shared.

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