Veterans History Project Yields New Stories

Suzy Hopkins
By Suzy Hopkins June 15, 2011 11:40

Volunteers’ efforts to save the stories of World War II veterans in Tuolumne County are yielding remarkable results.

Visit seniorfan.com to read the latest stories, including one about John Morgado’s service as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army’s 16th Armored Division. Included is a video in which he recalls the tragic collapse of the Ludendorff rail bridge near Remagen, amid the Allied push in the war’s final months.

Morgado, 88, told his story to volunteer interviewers Bill and Celeste Boyd as part of the Tuolumne Veterans History Project. This effort to record veterans’ firsthand war experiences is an all-volunteer project of the Central Sierra Arts Council (CSAC), cosponsored by Friends and Neighbors Magazine.

A dozen volunteers are now interviewing veterans. More volunteers are needed, and training will be provided. The Sonora Area Foundation recently approved a $2,500 grant to print books given to each veteran interviewed. Stories, photos and videos will also be archived on the FAN website under the “Veterans History Project” link.

To learn more, call CSAC Executive Director Deanna Maurer, 918-9287, or FAN Publisher Suzy Hopkins, 536-1755.

© 2011 Friends and Neighbors

Suzy Hopkins
By Suzy Hopkins June 15, 2011 11:40