Friday, July 24, 2015

World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories, Words of Appreciation Sought

Seven World War II Veterans will tell their compelling stories of courage, honor, and strength during a special event held at Edison Community College’s Piqua campus on Thursday, October 15 beginning at 11:30 a.m.

As members of the Greatest Generation, these World War II veterans scheduled to tell their stories to Miami Valley audiences are eager to make their voices known: Robert Tweed, Harry Christy, Marion Adams, Les Edsall, Bill Brower, Harry Ashburn, and the sole female and oldest of the group Nadine Nagle, 96.

These veterans were active in the Battle of the Bulge, Dachau, the Beaches of Normandy, Stalag VII-A, POW camps in Poland and Germany, the Philippines, and ferrying military as a WASP pilot.

Local group Thienn Snipps is preparing World War II music for the event and will perform a mini concert from 11:30 a.m. until 12 p.m., with speakers immediately following.

The coordinator of the event, Dr. Vivian Blevins, is asking community members, school children, and area college students to submit words of appreciation to these veterans. Her goal is to collect 500 letters or cards to be delivered to the speakers on the day of the program.

Letters may be sent via U.S. Mail to Vivian Blevins at 1973 Edison Drive, Piqua, OH 45356, or emailed to

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