DAR hears presentation on Oral History Project of World War II veterans

The Colonel David Love Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual Christmas luncheon December 2 at The Cedars restaurant. Nineteen members and 11 guests were present.

After everyone enjoyed a delicious meal, Regent Carolyn Brown called the meeting to order. She welcomed the veterans and other guests present and recognized Annette Rawls, Arkansas DAR state historian. Brown next introduced Sheilla Lampkin, the guest speaker.

Lampkin gave the background for the Veterans Oral History Project, which is designed to honor war veterans through interviews which chronicle their wartime experiences. The interviews will be cataloged and housed as part of the National Veterans History Collection. After Lampkin read <em>The Greatest</em> <em>Generation</em> and a bulletin from Congressman Mike Ross, she decided to help with the collection of stories. So far, she has interviewed 60 World War II veterans and has more to do. Many veterans have been hesitant to tell their stories and surprised that anyone wants to listen. Many of these stories have been published in <em>The Advance</em> <em>Monticellonian.</em>

Lampkin's presentation included snippets about a newlywed couple whose wife followed him until he was sent overseas, a young man with a bad knee who was accepted to

fight in WWII but rejected for the Korean Conflict, a man who had a role in security in the Manhattan Project, a paratrooper who was wounded three times in the Battle of the Bulge, a member of the Top of the Heap 386th Bomb group, a naval medic who found a mysterious buried suitcase that contained vital Japanese maps, two Drew County brothers serving in different capacities, one man exempt from service to raise peanuts for oil for army equipment, a man who shot down the last two Japanese planes of war, a special Christmas story, and quite a few other stories.

Guest Robie Scott then shared some statistics. For the 231-year history of the USA, the country has been involved in 11 wars or conflicts. These wars (conflicts) have averaged one war every 21 years and have taken the cream of the crop, Scott said.

The total number serving in the first ten wars is 39,632,680; the total number of deaths and wounded in these wars is 2,391,381. "This is the price of freedom," Scott noted.

During the course of the meeting, the members read the American's Creed, pledged allegiance to the American flag and listened to the Indian Minute, the Constitution Minute, the President General's message, and the National Defense Report. The meeting was adjourned after the Daughter's Pledge was recited.

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