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May 31st, 2010
11:01 AM ET

War: In Their Own Words

On this Memorial Day we are hearing stories of life and death on the battlefield, in the words of the people who were there.

It's because of an innovate project called Witness to War whose goal is to capture the the oral histories of combat veterans and preserve them for future generations.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield talks to the group's founder, and a World War Two vet who has recorded his extraordinary tale of survival.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
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  1. Ed Nielsen

    Excellent commentary. This should be required viewing for all High School students.
    I would like to add the following for this Memorial Day, 2010: For Kirk Stearns, lost at sea on the USS Tullibee (SS-284) on 26 March, 1944, for Vernon Palmer Wall, lost at sea on the USS Seawolf (SS-197) on 03 October, 1944 and for Boyd Dee Smith, lost at sea on the USS Dorado (SS-248) on 12 October, 1943: You are not forgotten and neither are your supreme sacrafices.

    May 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  2. LIZ CARTER in Georgia

    My Father, who was an ARMY veteran of WW2; The Pacific Theatre, 1942-1945, died June 1, 2005 at age 91 of heart failure and prostate cancer. He never talked to me about it much, but he did talk to my Mother. His WAR was the War of Injustice, Second Class Citizenship and the RACE WAR that he left here, when he went into THE ARMY. The same treatment was thrusted on him while in there, and he came back home to the same disenfranchising element of OPPRESSION and INEQUALITY. He had to accept it and KEEP MOVING!

    May 31, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  3. Roger Yost

    Hi Josh, I saw you on TV this morning talking about this oil spill. I feel that BP is doing everything they can to stop this spill. But they seem to have a hard time doing this because the so called President keeps putting BP down and will not lend a helping hand to fix the problem. These people coming up with these signs against BP doesn't help matters either. There was less said about the oil spill in Alaska. I do know this is a very serious problem but BP could use more help from Obama than all of his put downs towards BP.

    June 5, 2010 at 7:34 am |
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