World War II Veterans Share Experiences

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

November 10, 2005

In order to get peace, many people fought, and died in past wars. To celebrate Veteran's Day, a few talked with us about what it means to them.

"I was in the Navy, but I was in what they called the Amphibious Navy," said Ted Beard.

"[I was in the] Army-Air Force. This is before they switched over to be a separate entity," said Lou Casey.

Two men from the same generation. One mission.

"The latter two years of World War II, I was involved in the North Atlantic Division of Air Transport Command, ferrying high-priority materials and personnel over to Europe and bringing primarily wounded personnel back," said Casey.

"We had little tanks, and real heavy equipment, and we carried prisoners and we carried wounded, and we did all kinds of things," said Beard.

A mission that shaped the world as we know it today. Lou and Ted are part of a dying generation. A generation that loses 1,000 World War II veterans a day.

Ted and Lou, who visited the Senior Center to learn about archiving their history with the Library of Congress, are modest when it comes to telling others what they saw. However, they are willing to share what Veteran's Day means to those it's named for.

"It's commemorating those that were lost, some of those that are no longer with us, and certainly a lot of those that are unable to enjoy the days as we have, or as I have," said Casey.

"I'm really proud of the part that I was able to play in, and come home mentally and physically in good shape," said Beard.

While Veteran's Day is celebrated on Friday, the U.S. Marine Core is celebrating its 230th birthday today so Happy Birthday to the Marines in our area, and Semper Fi.

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